Karl Wolfgang Epple, born 86 the son of a Samoan mother and a German father, is Executive Creative Director for the thjnk group, specialized in new business and creative excellence. In the last 5 years, he pitched 50+ brands. His favorite clients include Audi, IKEA, McDonald’s, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Design.
Karl solely believes in ideas that impact culture. His work has been recognized with numerous industry awards including Cannes Lions, New York Festivals, LIA, Clio, ADC, Eurobest and The One Show. When he joined the German ADC, he became their youngest member ever. He now shows great interest in supporting the next generation of creativity, teaching at several universities and judging in international award shows. He’s a member of the ADC*E and the D&AD, too. Karl also writes novels and columns and essays from his viewpoint on the idustry, e.g. for Huffington Post and Page Magazine. His favorite dinosaur is Triceratops, his favorite TV show character is Rick Grimes.
Commerzbank Der Spiegel Deutsche Bahn Eurowings Haribo IKEA McDonald’s Mercedes-Benz Paulaner
Playmobil Porsche Design Rewe Sixt Škoda thyssenkrupp Veltins
Miami Ad School Europe Institute of Design Hamburg JvM-Academy Hamburg School of Ideas Texterschmiede Hamburg
New York Festivals
Clio ADC Germany Cannes Young Lions
One Show Young Ones
AD Stars Korea
The Webby Awards
Cannes Lions New York Festivals
Clio One Show
Eurobest LIA Red Dot Award ADC New York ADC Germany
ADC Europe CommAward Die Klappe PR Klappe AD Stars Korea
GWA Effie GWA Healthcare Ad of the Year Mobius Award Epica
AD Stars Korea (Silver) ADC Europe (Merit) ADC Germany (1x Gold, 3x Silver, 9x Bronze, 14x Shortlist) ADC New York (2x Bronze, 1x Merit) Best of Content Marketing (2x Gold, 2x Silver) Cannes Lions (3x Silver, 2x Bronze, 6x Shortlist) Clio (1x Gold, 4x Silver) CommAward (3x Gold, 5x Silver, 4x Bronze, 2x Shortlist) Die Klappe (4x Bronze) Digital Communication Awards (Winner) Econ Megaphon Awards (Gold) Epica (1x Gold, 1x Silver) Eurobest (1x Gold, 2x Silver, 4x Bronze, 12x Shortlist) GWA Effie Awards (1x Grand Prix, 1x Gold, 2x Shortlist) GWA Healthcare Award (Winner) German Award for Online Communication (2x Winner) IF Design Award (Gold) JDW Year of Advertising (1x Gold) LIA (2x Gold, 1x Silver, 4x Bronze, 3x Finalist) Mobius Award (2x Gold) New York Festivals (1x Bronze, 13x Finalist) One Show (2x Bronze, 3x Merit) PR Klappe (1x Gold, 2x Silver, 1x Shortlist) PR Report Award (Winner) Red Dot Award (1x Best of the Best, 15x Winner) Shark Awards (Silver) ZMG Print Ad of the Year (1x Silver, 1x Bronze)