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Steve Harkin

Empowering people to build and sustain lifelong creativity and fulfillment.


About Steve

Based on over 30 years of experience working in the field of design and the visual arts, I’ve developed my creativity coaching practice to serve the unique interests of creative thinkers from all walks of life. People seek my help for self-improvement in areas such as: creative thinking and craft, self-esteem, public speaking and leadership–to name just a few

Methods of Working:
All my sessions are conducted via teleconference and phone, making my services accessible worldwide. I also offer unlimited text and email support between sessions.

Graphic designers – I have worked in brand design for over 30 years. Currently, I’m the global creative director at PwC. This gives me a unique skill set to coach designers and the teams who work with them.

Visual artists – I have been creating art since age 3 and gained a unique perspective from specialized study in Florence, Italy.

Problem solving – My unique process framework outlines clear, actionable steps to solving a wide range of problems in creative, business and life.

Success coaching – My entire career has been focused on turning exciting creative ideas into reality. While working at Nike, I collaborated with some of the most successful athletes in recent history, including LeBron James and Kobe Bryant–to name just a few. This experience taught me a great deal about what it takes to succeed at the highest levels… and what some of the pitfalls can be.

Self-esteem – I believe that everyone has unique creative abilities, but our current culture lacks effective methods of identifying and nurturing those abilities. My role is to train others in developing creative abilities that our world needs, pushing past obstacles and being fairly compensated for their good work.

Communication – As part of self-esteem training, I coach others in communicating their ideas with clarity and strength. This can be public speaking, team communications or sales.

Collaboration – As a catalyst in the creative industry, I have continually helped “creatives” to work with others. On the other side of the coin, I help “managers” get higher productivity and quality control from their creative teams.

Training and Experience:
I have a BFA in graphic design with a minor in painting, with extended studies in Florence, Italy. I have worked in graphic design for over 30 years. Currently, I’m the global creative director for one of the largest brands in the world, with revenue totalling $50.3 billion in 2022.

I’m available weekdays with flexible scheduling for mornings, afternoons and evenings, depending on your specific time zone.

For daily inspiration, follow me on Instagram: @harkin_creativity

  • California, United States
Who I Help
  • Artists
  • Brand designers
  • Designers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Growth-minded people
  • Photographers
  • Startups