Previously, Head of Brand Design at Google,
Global Creative Director at Pinterest & Principal at DesignStudio.
2004 — 2008
Graphic Designer @ Cog Design.
Helping friends in their first shop (and my first attempt at publicity).
2008 — 2009
Senior Designer @ Emak Mafu
Founder @ Cure Studio
Getting noticed by the inspired team at Ala Champ who interviewed me about our work with DJ Sasha, Busaba and Vans and more!
read all about it
2009 — 2012
Co-Founder @ HiggonsonHurst
Founder @ The Type Foundry
We built HigginsonHurst, an illustration agency representing Chrissie Abbot / Daisy Fletcher / Damien Frost / Esra Røise / Han Lee / Mike Ballard / Paul Bommer
We had fun putting on exhibitions & helping build culture.
We launched The Type Foundry, which represented (and designed) a whole number of display typefaces that we used in our designs.
2012 — 2014
Head of Digital @ Figtree
Digital Director @ Prophet
Design Director @ Wednesday
Released two EPs described as discordant, noise and ‘interesting’.
Not for weddings & have not (I hope) been played at a funeral.
2014 — 2019
CD → ECD → Principal @ DesignStudio
Moved from London to San Francisco!
Moving from London to San Francisco and helping DesignStudio grow into a global brand agency, was an adventure. I needed people around me who could help me learn and grow.
Now designers meet every 3 months (ish) and we help each other do good with good design.
First Things Club
2019 — 2022
Global Creative Director, Pinterest
I was asked to write a book, fast forward years (and a run-in with mortality) & I asked myself — why hadn't I written that book?
So I did.
2020 — Present
I've been lucky to have joined some inspiring organizations as a brand advisor.
Hoo Koo E Koo
I'm a strong advocate (and practitioner) of
to give brands unfair advantages. Sometimes I flex the
Design as Author
muscle, so created my own playground.
2022 — 2023
Head of Brand Design @ Google
Creative boom were kind enough let me drone on.
Read it here
It's been a year working with inspiring humans on ambiguous (and ambitious) problems!
Using my book
Use Design To Design Change
with cohorts of start-ups (and scale-ups). I ask dumb questions that help teams unlock smart answers about people → product → brand.
Me at work