An award-winning graphic designer and creative director, Dwight Douthit started his own firm at the age of 27 after stints with a couple of large agencies including McCann-Erickson and Benton & Bowles.
Douthit Design Group is responsible for award winning work for a wide variety of clients nationwide. Douthit has garnered numerous gold medals including ADDYS, TELLYS and other prestigious awards from the industry. His work has been published consistently in national and international design publications and annuals.
As President of Ad 2 Houston, Douthit was named Outstanding Club President in 1985. He served as Ad 2’s National Chairman the following year. Douthit served as AAF National Public Service Director for two years. He is a charter member of AIGA Houston, a former board member of the Art Directors Club of Houston and served on the professional advisory board for the Art Institute of Houston for ten years. Douthit has judged the AAF National Student Advertising Competition more than 20 times and has served on the AAF National Board of Directors and National ADDY committee representing District 10 as Addy Chair.
Douthit is a three-time recipient of the G. D. Crain Jr. Memorial Award for Public Service and recipient of the Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising Education Award. In 1991 Douthit was named recipient of the “Spirit of HAF” award for his outstanding contributions. In 1994 Douthit was awarded the Ad 2 Honorary Lifetime Member Award at the AAF national conference. In 1997, Douthit became the first inductee to the Ad 2 Houston Hall of Fame. In 1998, Douthit was named his club’s youngest recipient of the AAF Silver Medal Award from the Houston Advertising Federation at age 40. In 2018 Douthit was awarded the AAF Houston Living Legend Award.
With five campaigns under his belt, and two terms as Public Service Director for AAF-Houston, Douthit enlisted for a third term in 2010 where he and his team successfully launched a comprehensive pro-bono campaign for BARC—the City of Houston Animal Shelter. Back again in 2017 to help reenergize the organization he loves, Douthit currently serves as Membership Director while working on programs, sponsorships and the American Advertising Awards serving as chair in 2019. He continues to support Ad2 Houston as advisor and mentor.
In addition to running his private animal rescue, Douthit has been involved in numerous Houston charities from the SPCA to the AIDS Foundation. He was the founding board president for The Lazarus House, a Center for Wellness. This year marks 25 years that Douthit has served on Advisory Board for New Hope Housing, an organization that provides affordable housing for the homeless.