A Chicago native, Brian Won graduated from ArtCenter College of Design with an honorary ninth term before co-founding National Television, a design and animation company. His clients include Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Random House, Candlewick Press, Scholastic, Disney, Nike and ESPN. Won’s awards include the silver medal by the Society of Illustrators and the Mentorship Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. His debut children’s book “Hooray for Hat!” was named Best Read Aloud by the “Huffington Post” in 2014 and nominated for Children’s Choice Illustrator by the Children’s Book Council. The book that celebrates friendship and sharing hats was based on the many hats Won wore as a busboy, shoe salesman, library shelver, art director and designer before making children's books.