Some of my greatest work will never appear in my portfolio.
I’ve spent over 15 years leading agency and client-side teams that combine creativity, business strategy and political skill to create innovative, world-class work that changes industries and companies. I do this by using design thinking to transform the work, a proven process to change the way things are done, and defining the team’s beliefs to create a culture where everyone knows what is expected of them and has their unique creative process understood, valued and grown. As a result, some of the greatest successes of my career are the people who I have helped develop from a minor role player into a real thought leader.
My experience has taught me that great leader requires a completely different set of skills than being a great creative and very few teams understand this problem. My approach combines my years of experience with new insights I continually seek out from talking with the leaders of some of the world’s greatest creative teams including senior teams at Apple, Google, Adobe, IBM and more.
This experience has manifested in building several very successful design organizations comprised of multiple global studios and hundreds of full-time, freelance and agency contributors.
I also work to share what I have learned with the international creative community through my podcast, blog, speaking engagements and guest lectures at Yale, Parsons, Princeton, SVA and others.
MY DESIGN PRINCIPLES
The creative beliefs I lead and design by.
I find that one of the most important things a leader has to do is clearly articulate the standards to which they will hold themselves and their team. These are my beliefs that define the standard I expect for the work as well as the attitudes of the team as they create that work. On the surface, you will see that none of these things are rocket science but holding people to them gives the teams something that will bond and strengthen them through a common purpose and identity.
My most popular podcast episodes on leadership
I have taught my insights on leading creative teams and changing company cultures all over the world. Here are a few of my most popular episodes on the subject and you can listen and subscribe now on Apple iTunes, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, Pocket Casts, Sticker, TuneIn and all other major podcast platforms.
Leadership: Obstacles and 7 steps to becoming a better leader
Leadership: Culture, beliefs and the power of ‘What inspires you?’
Your career: The power of personal branding
“The Creative Hub”
I sat down with Mashable.com for an interview about my team and my office. As a result, they were named The Creative Hub for their article ‘The Workspaces of Men Who Are On Their Game’ as they were looking for workspaces that were a reflection of their personalities and as a way to drive productivity and creativity.
Partner and advisor to the world’s most innovative companies.
I work to find real sociological insights, understand consumer needs and create concepts that use technology to influence consumers, drive revenue and meet business goals. It is the heart of all of my work which is why it can blend world-class design with experiences that get results. As a result of this work, I have been asked to work as a partner with brands like Apple, Google, IBM, Adobe and others to create some of the first experiences on Apple Watch, iOS, Apple Passbook, Google Glass and more. I also regularly work as a beta tester and advisor on apps and products like IBM Watson, multiple releases of Adobe Creative Cloud, Astropad, Adobe Project Comet and more.
I’ve worked with Apple as a launch partner for Apple Watch, iOS 7, iOS 6 and Apple Passbook. Apple has featured my work in 8 keynotes, 4 commercials, in Apple Stores, Apple.com, the iTunes App Store, in the Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines and my work has been chosen to their ‘Best of’ yearly app list.
I was one of the world’s first designers to receive and launch an app on Google Glass with the SPG App for Google Glass and have worked with them on refining their Material Design language.
I’ve worked with Adobe for over 5 years as one of fifteen members of their Consumer Advisory Board for Creative Cloud helping them shape the strategy of their creative apps. Have also worked as an advisor and beta on products including their Touch Apps and Project Comet.
FROM MY BLOG
My most popular articles on trends and insights
Also over the past 10+ years I have done a lot of work and written a number of articles about the innovative work I have done and insights into the emerging technologies I have designed for. These articles have been featured on multiple different sites including LinkedIn.com Design, Social Media, Recruiting & Hiring and Big Ideas & Innovation channels.
The inverse Facebook experiment
Practice safe design. Always use a strategy.
Why did Google Glass go SO wrong?!?