Interviewed on Design Matters podcast. LISTEN TO PODCAST > PRESS / INTERVIEWS Interviewed for High Resolution Podcast. WATCH THE EPISODE > PRESS / HIGH RESOLUTION PODCAST The app that helped launch the Apple Watch. Featured in 3 Apple keynotes, 4 TV commercials, Apple.com, iTunes App Store, the Human Interface Guidelines and Named to Apple's Best Apple Watch Apps. SEE THE WORK > WORK / SPG APP FOR APPLE WATCH LEARN MORE > My podcast on creativity, innovation, leadership and more. One of the top 5 most popular Design podcasts on iTunes. 2020 Webby Awards Honoree Best Technology Podcast Named one of the world's 100 greatest apps. SEE THE WORK > WORK / SPG APP Re-imagining the hotel key. SPG mobile check-in and keyless entry was a first for the hospitality industry as it allowed guests to check-in to their hotel and open their door all from their iPhone or Android. SEE THE WORK > WORK / SPG APP #17 on HOW's 100 most talented and influential creatives working today. READ THE ARTICLE > PRESS / HOW MAGAZINE Designing Starwood Preferred Guest. SEE THE WORK > WORK / SPG BRANDING The Crazy One is now on YouTube! SUBSCRIBE NOW > My keynote opening for Steve Wozniak. WATCH THE KEYNOTE > TALKS / NICE INTERACTIONS Metallica Working with Metallica to create their new brand. SEE THE WORK > WORK / BRAND STRATEGY


Global design leader building world-class organizations that integrate research and data with human-centered methods to drive a long term vision and near term business impact. Host of The Crazy One podcast and international keynote speaker.

I’m the son of a Creative Director with 20+ years experience creating work grounded in research and data and executed with human-centered methodologies to create the strategies, concepts, and executions of award-winning integrated global advertising campaigns, multiple global Fortune 100 brands, and innovative digital experiences.

As a leader, some of my greatest work will never appear in my portfolio because it’s the teams I’ve built and the leaders I’ve helped develop over the past 15+ years. I have a proven record of founding, building, and leading world-class agency and client-side design, UX, strategy, research, operations, and design system teams. Combining those skills with the presentation, business, and political skills to find unique insights, build trust with consumers, drive revenue, and meet business goals.

Some of my greatest work will never appear in my portfolio. I’ve spent 15+ years building and leading global agency and in-house teams. I have done everything from leading small but highly specialized agency teams to founding, building, and leading design, UX, strategy, research, operations, and design systems teams made up of hundreds of full-time, freelance, and agency contributors. MORE ABOUT MY LEADERSHIP

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Over 20 years of experience across multiple industries integrating data with human-centered methods to create the strategies, concepts, and executions of award-winning integrated global advertising campaigns, multiple global Fortune 500 brands, and innovative digital experiences. See all of my work here.

Quoted in Apple’s iPad Pro keynote. I was honored to be quoted by Phil Schiller alongside Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter about the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil in their “Let us loop you in” keynote. Interviewed by Debbie Millman for Design Matters podcast LISTEN NOW Interviewed by The New York Times about the iPad Pro. READ THE ARTICLE Created 'Leading Creative Teams' for Lynda.com. EXPLORE THE COURSE "Stephen Gates has some unorthodox sources for creative inspiration that are paying off big." READ THE ARTICLE

Partner, coach, and teacher to some of the world’s most innovative companies.

I have been asked to work as a partner with brands like Amazon, Google, Verizon, Apple, Bank of America, Rolls Royce, The Home Depot, HSBC, Frog Design, NASA, and many more to create some of the first experiences on their platforms and products. In my role as Head of Design Transformation with InVision, I bring my experience and insights to the world’s best companies to help them elevate the impact of design and empower their design teams.

Creator and lead author of the Design Trends Report: Talent READ THE REPORT > ADP Senior advisor, community partner, and mentor for this global community for designers, by designers VISIT ADP LIST > Contributing author of The New Design Frontier report. READ THE REPORT > DTR Member of General Assembly's UX Design Standards Board Formed with CEOs, CMOs, and other top leaders at the world’s leading companies, the UX Design Standards Board sets industry-backed benchmarks, facilitates hiring and career development, and defines excellence in the field.

I share what I’ve learned through The Crazy One podcast, YouTube channel, and global speaking engagements.

I host The Crazy One podcast and give keynotes at events worldwide to share honest and actionable insights on topics like creativity, leadership, building your career, and more. The 100+ episodes of the podcast have won multiple awards, including a 2020 Webby Award Honoree for Best Technology Podcast and a 5 stars average review in every global iTunes Store.

My talks are consistently scored by attendees as one of the best at every event because I give honest and actionable takeaways the audience can immediately implement. I’m the only speaker named an Adobe MAX Master, voted by attendees as one of the top 20 speakers at the conference, for 4 consecutive years with those sessions receiving an average score of 4.9 out of 5 from over 8,000 attendees. I have been chosen for solo keynotes at SXSW for two consecutive years, gave the highest-rated keynote in the history of HOW Design Live, and more.

Please check my social media channels for the latest webinars as they are announced frequently. I will announce new dates for in-person keynotes and talks when travel is possible again.

MORE AT THECRAZY1.COM My podcast on creativity, leadership, your career has won multiple awards, including a 2020 Webby Award Honoree for Best Technology Podcast and a 5 stars average review in every global iTunes Store

The Crazy One Podcast

Created out of my real experiences and insights, this podcast gives you actionable insights to be more creative, become a better leader, create more innovative work, build better relationships with your clients, grow a stronger career, and more. I share the things I have learned first hand leading global in-house and agency creative teams, building multiple Fortune 100 brands, and working with some of the world’s most innovative companies. You can learn more about the show at TheCrazy1.com or subscribe on all major podcast platforms.

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