Barry Spector – senior art director, designer, web creation

Barry SpectorBorn in New York, Barry grew up as an artist. At the age of six he attended art classes at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (although the minimum age was seven) and took oil painting classes in the cluttered, rustic back rooms of art and framing stores. He commuted to the High School of Art & Design where he studied drawing, sculpture, large-format photography and animation. At Pratt Institute, Barry earned a Communications BFA with an emphasis on advertising and photojournalism. It was there, at Pratt, that Barry first met Mike Becker who was at Young & Rubicam Advertising agency. It seems that Mike was also a part-time guest professor at Barry’s college teaching copywriting to art direction majors. Barry’s first experience in the real world was as an Art Director at Avon Products in New York. He spent five plus years refining his craft there. He established Spector Design in 1984 when computers became available to commercial designers. As the computer became more commonplace in the business world, he sought new ways to utilize it for the ‘next thing,’ which for him was the creation of web sites. His organizational and design skills became key ingredients in successfully developing web sites for clients from Neuberger&Berman Management to International Truck and Engine Corporation. Barry helped his wife Shelley Spector start Spector & Associates, a public relations firm. In 1997 he created the Museum of Public Relations an online resource discussing the early pioneers of public relations. Barry lives in Short Hills with his family. One relevant hobby is photography for fun and business. Actually, Barry is a highly talented professional photographer and does many of the “still shoots” for the company.