At just eight years old, Joe Cecere found his calling when he put marker to poster board and became the designated designer for the daily specials at his parents’ restaurant. In high school, Joe entered a logo design competition for the local cable access channel. And won. So begins the storied career of our President and Chief Creative Officer.
Joe came to Little as a wide-eyed designer not knowing he’d one day lead the company. He was hired by one of his former professors, none other than Monica Little, who recognized that his passion and raw talent would be an asset to the company. And she was right. With a unique balance of creativity, strategic thinking and a mind for business, Joe quickly worked his way up the ranks. Today, he not only leads our agency, he’s a well-respected leader in the design community as a whole.
Recognizing that in our changing world design can’t rest on aesthetics, Joe has spearheaded the evolution of Little into an agency that delivers solution-based design work and branding from the inside out. This includes building a creative team with diverse yet complementary skillsets and fostering collaboration and passion for what we do. He encourages risk-taking and embraces mistakes, as long as those mistakes become a learning moment. He sets the tone for everything we deliver, encouraging employees to use both sides of their brains to produce work that is novel, exciting and, most important, meaningful. All in all, Joe’s rare gift of business aptitude and creativity makes him one heck of a leader. (And we’re not just saying that because he’s our boss (but it couldn’t hurt, right?))
Joe pursued his passion for design at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD). Aside from working his way up from Designer to President and partner, Joe lists being asked to judge at the AIGA National show, speaking at the HOW conference and receiving a 100 Best Companies to Work award as some of his crowning professional achievements. At home, Joe is a husband, dad, bike enthusiast and amateur chef. His dream is to open an Italian restaurant someday. If and when that happens, we assume it will have the best specials boards you’ve ever seen.