Tori Thomas is creative director and co-founder at Circa. She is Circa’s visionary, focused on auditing, refining and improving work to generate the highest return for our clients.

A Texan by birth, Tori spent eight years in Nashville, Tennessee working for a variety of studios and in-house departments, including as a design director for the Ensworth School and as a graphic designer for Seigenthaler Public Relations.

  • BFA, Graphic Design, Auburn University, 2005-2009
  • University of Oxford, British Studies Abroad, Architecture and English Literature, 2007
  • Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici, Art History – Criticism and Conservation, 2008
  • Yale University – Business Certificate, Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders, 2014
  • Addy awards, Best in Show Interactive, 2012
  • AIGA Command X finalist, 2013
  • Panel Guest at Ladies Wine and Design, Kalamazoo 2018
  • Adjunct Professor of Typography, Western Michigan University 2018
  • Addy Award Judge Southeast Region 2021
  • Nashville Design Week Panelist, 2022
  • The Entrepreneurs’ Organization, 2023 
  • Podcast guest on Creative Waffle 2018, Down the Foxhole 2017, The Entrepreneur Way 2018, and Winning through Culture 2023

Tori grew up in a log cabin in Texas without TV. She therefore has no reference to pop culture that occurred between 2000-2005.

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