Hal NealMark Neal
Hal has been designing nearly his entire life. As a kid, his inspiration came from the things he loved – toy cars, dinosaurs, sports, comic books and album covers. He’d lie on the floor for hours, designing his own team logos and uniforms, drawing hot rods or cartoon characters. For him, the focus was always as much on the design aspect of a project as it was on the drawing or painting component, though he didn’t really know the difference at the time.

He began his college career at Wingate University, later transferring to the University of South Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Studio in 1981.

From 1985 to 1994, he worked as an ad agency art director, during which time he designed the now famous Carolina Panthers’ script lettering. Since 1994, he has headed up Neal Studio, producing such notable creations as the Charlotte Hornets’ skyscraper player murals, the Meineke Car Care Bowl logo, collector cards for the Tennessee Titans, magazines for Discovery Place, and graphics of all shapes and sizes for Coca-Cola and Jacobsen Textron.

Hal lives in the Charlotte area with his wife, Linda, and their daughters, Candace and Taylor. He enjoys spending time in the mountains, and his interests include photography, music, religion, Panthers football, Braves baseball and TV shows such as Lost and Survivor.