Darius Wilmore is an award-winning Creative Director, Art Director, Graphic Designer, Creative Marketing Strategist, hailing from Annapolis, MD.
Studying design at New York’s School of Visual Arts College but completing his education at “Def Jam University”, aka Def Jam recordings, the rap record company founded by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin, Wilmore gained years of experience as a creative thinker, director, designer and producer for the entertainment industry as a member of Def Jam’s in-house creative services firm, Drawing Board Graphic Design & film company.
Wilmore’s creative contributions includes work for Obama For America, Rock The Vote, Nike, Adidas, Jay-Z, DMX, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Sean Diddy Combs, The Notorious B.I.G., Run DMC, Phat Farm Clothing, Sean John Clothing, BET and MTV. His work was featured in the pages of the books ‘DEFinition: The Art & Design of Hip-Hop’ in 2008 and ‘Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label’ in 2011.
In 2011, Wilmore, created the non-profit organization ‘THE BALTIMORE MIXTAPE PROJECT’, an urban youth focused rap and spoken word poetry slam competition and compilation album that used Black youth culture to disseminate relevant information to youth by youth, concerning issues of politics and public policy directly affecting their lives. BMP’s inaugural event took place in spring 2012 and dealt with the youth “school to prison pipeline”.
For the last five years Wilmore has served as a partner and creative director for the award-winning social justice and human rights centered Taharka Brothers Ice Cream Company in Baltimore. Wilmore and the Taharka Bros. team are featured in the film ‘A Dream Preferred’, a movie about the company due for release summer 2015.