Meet Our speakers and mentors

Michael Wolff

Wolff Olins

Michael Wolff

Wolff Olins

Co-founder of one of the world’s most iconic design companies – Wolff Olins – and recognised today as a leading thinker on brands. He designed Beatles’ album covers, BP's iconic logo, Shell's rebrand, and the identity for the London Borough of Camden. He’s also patron of the Inclusive Design Challenge at the RCA

Angie Yuanmalai

Huge

Angie Yuanmalai

Huge

Angie Yuanmalai, Associate Creative Director at Huge uncovers how user experience can change the way consumers and brands interact with each other. Huge is an experience design and digital marketing agency that provides services to Fortune 100 companies. They apply rapid prototyping, ongoing usability testing and iterative development to bridge the gap between the digital and physical experiences. Angie Yuanmalai will be talking about building and living a creative culture.

Niharika Hariharan

McKinsey & Company

Niharika Hariharan

McKinsey & Company

Niharika Hariharan – Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company will identify how to build design-centric organisations discerning the ingredients to build a sustainable creative culture that facilities cross collaboration. Creating change that matters is at the core of McKinsey & Company.

Juho Parviainen

IDEO

Juho Parviainen

IDEO

Design Director at IDEO – innovation and design firm that uses a human-centered, design-based approach to help organizations in the business, government, education and private sector. Winner of 38 Red Dot awards, 28 iF Hannover awards, and more IDEA awards than any other design firm.

Harry Pearce

Pentagram

Harry Pearce

Pentagram

Partner at Pentagram – the famous design studio that was founded in 1972 by Alan Fletcher, Theo Crosby, Colin Forbes, Kenneth Grange, Bob Gill, and Mervyn Kurlansky. They have designed packaging and products for many well known companies, such as Tesco, Boots, 3Com, Swatch and others.

Clare Devine

Design Council

Clare Devine

Design Council

Clare Devine – Director of Architecture and the Built Environment, at Design Council discusses improving people’s lives through the use of design. Design Council works with local authorities across the country to help create better quality, prosperous places. They help grow businesses, improve the built environment, and transform public services.

Jagdish Sihra

British Airways

Jagdish Sihra

British Airways

Former Design Manager at British Airways, who was responsible for the strategy and implementation of multitude of design solutions, from small-scale products to large scale projects such as complete aircraft cabin refurbishment and BA lounges.

Alan Kitching

ALAN KITCHING

Alan Kitching

ALAN KITCHING

Graphic designer, typographer, letterpress printmaker and teacher, internationally renowned for his expressive use of letterpress type processes. Among his clients: Dazed & Confused, Guardian, Tate Gallery, BFI.

Mike Trow

British Vogue

Mike Trow

British Vogue

Having completed a degree in philosophy, Mike Trow started out in fashion working on Bizarre magazine as photo editor and photographer. He has been the picture editor of British Vogue 2005-2018 – responsible for commissioning, production and art direction of most of the portraits, reportage and house shoots of the magazine.

Jonathan Barnbrook

Barnbrook Design

Jonathan Barnbrook

Barnbrook Design

Jonathan Barnbrook is one of the most famous British graphic designers and typographers. He is best known for designing David Bowie’s album Heathen in 2002 and collaboration with Damien Hirst. Currently, he runs his own studio Barnbrook Design which he founded in 1990.

Ab Rogers

Ab Rogers Design

Ab Rogers

Ab Rogers Design

Ab Rogers Design (ARD) is a London studio working on a range of projects across the cultural, hospitality, retail, and work sectors around the world. Among their clients are Tate Modern, Pizza Express, Showstudio, Chelsea House and others. Ab Rogers, the founder of ARD, will give a talk called '25 Objects 25 Years'.

USTWO

Digital Design Studio

USTWO

Digital Design Studio

Ustwo is a London-based digital design studio that creates and brings their own successful products to market. They are best known for its breakout mobile hit, Monument Valley — but the company is also an accomplished design studio with clients including Lush, Adidas, Jaguar Land Rover and many others. They will give a talk about automotive UX and go behind the scenes of their most successful projects.

Luke Powell and Jody Hudson-Powell

Pentagram

Luke Powell and Jody Hudson-Powell

Pentagram

Luke Powell and Jody Hudson-Powell are the newest additions to Pentagram's partners. Coming from a graphic design and technology background they have a broad and multi-disciplinary approach to design and branding. In addition to their commercial work they produced self-initiated projects which have been shown at various exhibitions.

Yasmin Borain

Publicis Sapient

Yasmin Borain

Publicis Sapient

Publicis Sapient is a digital transformation partner helping established organisations unlock value through a start-up mindset and modern methods, fusing strategy, consulting and customer experience with agile engineering. Yasmin, Creative Director will show how she drives the realisation of future-focused concepts and experiences.

Alexander Grünsteidl

Method

Alexander Grünsteidl

Method

Alexander leads the Interaction Design team at Method in London. His expertise lies in understanding and creating the complete product ranges from uncovering user needs, crafting interface behaviours, and managing usability

Steve Buzz Pearce

Skyscanner

Steve Buzz Pearce

Skyscanner

Skyscanner is one of the biggest websites that enables people to compare flights, hotels and car hire. Steve Pearce, Global Head of Design, will give a talk called The New Renaissance. He describes himself as having the mind of an engineer and the heart of an artist and since the dawn of the internet he’s lovingly crafted digital products that people actually use and

Diamond Ho

Facebook

Diamond Ho

Facebook

Diamond is focused on building and useful product experiences from the News Feed team. Previously, it shipped multiple hardware products with Logitech as a UX designer. Diamond will talk about the secret recipe to design sprints and how can you make the process creative, fun and effective.

Mark Bain

Red&White Studio

Mark Bain

Red&White Studio

Mark Bain is a Canadian designer, currently living and working in London, and is a member of the design team at Red&White Studio. Prior to moving to the UK, he worked at Bruce Mau Design in Toronto, where he was part of the team that created Unilever's current identity.

Jesse Asjes

Nike

Jesse Asjes

Nike

Jesse Asjes is a Flyknit Design Innovation Programmer at Nike. She is a developer of wearable, innovative and technical knitwear products. She explores the endless opportunities of creating fabric for application throughout different knitting techniques. The power of her diverse background provide the tools to think within a wide range of textile use.

Kevin Yuen

Spotless

Kevin Yuen

Spotless

Designing for calm is something that motivates Spotless Service Design Director, Kevin Yuen. He shares how Spotless adopts techniques to provide clarity and space in their design work, and continue this principle into project communications to 'one-pagers'. Spotless empowers people to deliver innovation that matters.

Andy Thornton

Clearleft

Andy Thornton

Clearleft

Clearleft are strategic design partners. They use research, design and strategy to enable innovation, deliver products and services, build design capability and transform organisations. Andy Thornton, shares how to embed a design system and quantify design capability.

Kirsty Mitchell

Kirsty Mitchell Photography

Kirsty Mitchell

Kirsty Mitchell Photography

World famous photographer, best known for her series 'Wonderland', featured by BBC, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, The Guardian, The Huffington Post and many others. She is also Nikon UK Ambassador, won numerous competitions, including LensCulture Grand Prize and International Photography award.

Daniel Hirschmann

Hirsch & Mann

Daniel Hirschmann

Hirsch & Mann

Hirsch & Mann is a design and technology agency with a mission to create memorable experiences for brands, retail and cultural spaces. Daniel Hirschmann, Co-founder will be explaining how to create an emotional connection through memorable experiences

David Pearson

Penguin Books

David Pearson

Penguin Books

The man who made series design fashionable (and profitable) at Penguin is also a publisher who relishes the ‘big puzzle’ of books. He has designed typographic covers for dystopian fiction, political essays and dictionaries; was named one of Britain’s top 50 designers by The Guardian; been awarded a yellow pencil by D&AD and two best in books in the CR Annual.

Daisy O'Reilly-Weinstock

Good Innovation

Daisy O'Reilly-Weinstock

Good Innovation

Good Innovation is a specialist innovation company that work with people around the world. They work with leading charities, local authorities, government departments and companies with a conscience. Daisy, Senior Innovation Consultant will talk about how to work with problems that matter to help organisations that do good to grow.

Cenydd Bowles

Twitter

Cenydd Bowles

Twitter

UX Director at Twitter, digital product design consultant with thirteen years’ experience helping companies see the benefits of good design. Previously worked as senior user experience designer at renowned consultancy Clearleft.

Lola Oyelayo

Head

Lola Oyelayo

Head

Head is an award-winning digital agency with a rapid, agile approach to innovation. Lola Oyelayo, Director of UX and Strategy has a wealth of experience as a UX specialist and she always ensures user-centered research and design are at the centre of all of their projects. She will run a workshop called 'Making space for creativity in an agile world’.

Rob Howsam

Purpose

Rob Howsam

Purpose

Founding partner and Executive Creative Director at Purpose. He has over twenty years experience in brand building; specialising in brand strategy, brand identity and communication design.

Marie-Thérèse Cassidy

FutureBrand

Marie-Thérèse Cassidy

FutureBrand

FutureBrand unites experts in strategy, design, innovation and experience to harness the power of brand for growth. Their clients include Nespresso, Cadillac, Nike and Danone. Executive Creative Director, Marie-Thérèse Cassidy, will share her ideas on the challenges & opportunities we face designing consumer & service brands in and for an ever more connected world.

Harri Nieminen

Kuudes

Harri Nieminen

Kuudes

Harri is the Service Design Director at Kuudes designing meaningful concepts that have a positive impact on people’s lives. Previously he worked at OP Financial Group, where he had a team of 22 service designers – maybe the biggest in-house team in Finland. He speaks frequently about design and customer experience in different kind of events and is active on social media.

Ben Langsfeld & Marla Moore

BUCK

Ben Langsfeld & Marla Moore

BUCK

With the growing need for brand expression across myriad platforms, BUCK is consistently being asked to provide systemic thinking for illustration, design, and, most importantly, for motion. Our brand work goes beyond the typical touch points of look and feel to structure how brands come to life through movement. Ben and Marla will share how systemic brand thinking can cross cultural boundaries to define the world’s most impactful illustration and motion languages.

Jamie Crummie

Too Good To Go

Jamie Crummie

Too Good To Go

Too Good To Go are leading a food waste revolution - an app that enables consumer to purchase leftover food from local businesses at a fraction of the selling price. Co-founder and Director Jamie Crummie discusses the process and importance of fighting food waste at scale.

Robin Wong

BT

Robin Wong

BT

BT Service Design Principal, Robin Wong demonstrates how to connect the dots between design and business and customer outcomes, and showcase a framework you can use to maximise the impact of design. BT is one of the world's leading communications services companies.

Joanna Brassett

intO

Joanna Brassett

intO

Joanna Brassett, Founding Director of intO is an expert in combining design research with social science and strategic innovation. The intO studio research people’s attitudes and behaviour in their local language, developing strategies for businesses and organisations within the context of cultural influences, regional trends and wider worldwide patterns.

Jonny Burch

Progression

Jonny Burch

Progression

Progression is the first ever design skills framework, allowing you to save time, money and your team. With your career ladder and the app's rock-solid skills definitions, your team will know where they stand, and how to get where they want to go. Jonny Burch will talk about how to empower your design team to grow.

Dem Gerolemou

DeepMind

Dem Gerolemou

DeepMind

DeepMind is the world leader in AI research and its application for positive impact. Their mission is to push the boundaries of AI, developing programs that can learn to solve any problem. Dem Gerolemou talks about taking a holistic approach to problem solving, and what this looks like in practice.

Morgane Peng

Societe Generale

Morgane Peng

Societe Generale

Societe Generale is one of the leading European financial services groups. They combine financial strength, proven expertise in innovation, strategy of sustainable growth and a commitment to the positive transformations of society and the economy. Morgane Peng talks about how she is taking their product and UX design practices to the next level.

Hem Patel

Signal Noise

Hem Patel

Signal Noise

Signal Noise create experiences that persuade, inspire and excite their customers towards their ambitions. Shaped by their own Data-Design philosophy - a compelling new approach for building products, telling stories and imagining new futures. Hem Patel and Christian Thümer will talk about how they are reinventing how people see and use data.

Jenna Smith

UserZoom

Jenna Smith

UserZoom

UserZoom helps businesses get the insights they need to deliver highly intuitive user-friendly solutions, using agile, feedback-based design methodologies. They make user research a standard practice in the design process, applying their research software and services. As Global Director of Research Strategy & Operations Jenna knows that UX Research is never pretty and shares why that's not a bad thing. Along with Lee Cooper, VP UX Research they'll demonstrate how to overcome the constraints of perfect UX research.

Alice Cappo

Phantom

Alice Cappo

Phantom

Phantom is an independent, digitally-led creative agency with London and Auckland. They adapt and evolve, collaborating with brands and craft business-transforming solutions that change the game and perform to extraordinary levels. Alice Cappo explores how Phantom uses technology to create meaningful experiences.

Jan Struek

Trainline

Jan Struek

Trainline

How do you design data-driven products at pace? Jan Srutek, Lead Product Designer discusses how Trainline combines multiple sources of qualitative and quantitative insight to inform its product design decisions. Trainline is the leading independent rail and coach travel platform selling rail and coach tickets to millions of travellers worldwide. People can seamlessly search, book and manage their journeys all in one place and offer customers the best price for their journey and smart, real-time travel information on the go.

Nat Buckley

Bulb

Nat Buckley

Bulb

Nat Buckley, Lead Designer at Bulb demonstrates DIY Design Systems in an interactive workshop. Bulb is a startup energy supplier that provides 100% renewable electricity and gas to homes across the UK. They make energy simpler to manage through their easy to use digital counter parts.

Ruby Steel

Smart Design

Ruby Steel

Smart Design

Smart Design is a strategic design company that helps people live better and work smarter. They humanise products, services and experiences through deep research, insights and more. They launch innovation platforms, redefine customer journeys and reimagine entirely new revenue streams. Ruby Steel talks in depth about design strategies.

Eva and Marta Yarza

Yarza Twins

Eva and Marta Yarza

Yarza Twins

How do you get inspired in unconventional ways? Creative Directors Eva Yarza and Marta Yarza share how local farms and old bread factories can inspire to create good design. Yarza Twins is a multidisciplinary arts and design studio that try to reinvent visual language through a different design process. They were awarded a D&AD Pencil in Packaging Design, 2018 and was selected as 1 of the 15 most exciting designers under 30 by Print Magazine, 2016.

Mike Reed

Reed Words

Mike Reed

Reed Words

Visual identity is important for a brand but what about the verbal identity? Mike Reed, Founder of Reed Words talks about brand’s tone of voice. Reed Words is a team of writers, working with clients across the world to build their brands through language. They work on the tone of voice, verbal identity, guidelines and training as well as write memorable campaigns and help develop brand names. They have worked with some of the worlds biggest brands such as Disney, Barbican, Virgin and more.

Greg Niemand and Evan Gildersleeve

Mount Audio

Greg Niemand and Evan Gildersleeve

Mount Audio

The look and feel of a brand is important but what about the way it sounds? Mount Audio Creative Directors Greg and Evan, uncover about the importance of sound within a brands identity. Mount Audio is a creative sound studio specialising in original composition and sound design for motion. With a passion for process, they are commissioned by the world's leading visual artists and have worked with companies such as Bose, BAFTA, Footlocker and more.

Ilaria Squicciarini

Depop

Ilaria Squicciarini

Depop

Depop is a social marketplace where over 13M people go to buy, sell and discover unique items. You can discover creativity, sell your clothes, share style and meet the Depop community, all from the comfort of your phone. Their mission is to empower fashion creatives, offering them with a platform that celebrates their individuality. Ilaria Squicciarini, Brand Marketing Manager; Emma Love, Senior Production Manager; Christianah Jones, Social Media Manager and Octavia Pendrill-Adams, Art Director Depop talks about the importance of community when building a brand.

Campbell Butler

Design Studio

Campbell Butler

Design Studio

How do you make a meaningful difference to the world’s most loved brands? Creative Director’s Campbell Butler and Alex Johns talk about how brand systems are built for movement. DesignStudio is an international brand and design agency that have created brands for the most innovative and exciting companies in the world such as Airbnb, Deliveroo, Logitech and more. Their strategy is in creative thinking and evolving with customers while learning new skills and growing their team.

David Dalziel

Dalziel & Pow

David Dalziel

Dalziel & Pow

David Dalziel, Creative Director and Paul West Strategy Director from Dalziel & Pow discuss the link between brand identity and experience design. Dalziel & Pow are a leading, creative agency whose ambition is to create the world’s favourite, consumer-centric brand experiences. They define, design and bring brands to life through physical and digital experiences using their expertise across strategy, branding, communications, environments and digital.

Georgia Fendley

Construct

Georgia Fendley

Construct

Georgia Fendley has created new visual identities and positioning for luxury hotels, fashion and food brands. She was also brand director at Mulberry from 2008-2013 and last year, launched her own fashion label with former colleague and fashion designer Emma Hill. In her talk she shares Construct's unique approach including the importance of the depth of understanding, commercial, cultural and political that the agency bring to every project, using examples to illustrate this and demonstrate how this influences project outcomes.

Matt Rice

Sennep

Matt Rice

Sennep

Is user experience the branding for the digital space? Matt Rice, Founding Partner & Creative Director discusses this topic. Sennep is an interactive design studio that provides a tailored approach when delivering smart digital products and experiences. Matt Rice, Founding Partner & Creative Director has worked with clients like The Guardian, Sky, Elton John and more over his eighteen year career, and will be talking about user experience and how it’s the branding for the digital space.

Melissa Cain

McCann London

Melissa Cain

McCann London

McCann London is apart of McCann Worldgroup, it is one of the largest advertising agencies in the UK with extensive experience of building and developing brand ideas. They're home to some of the world’s most famous brands including MasterCard, L’Oréal, American Airlines and Xbox. Melissa Cain, Creative Director shares the process for building brand love.

Jon Cockley

Handsome Frank

Jon Cockley

Handsome Frank

How do you pick the perfect illustrator for your brand? Co-founder Jon Cockley explains how Handsome Frank match makes the perfect illustrator for every project. Handsome Frank is an illustration agency which launched in 2010, they now represent 30 illustrators, spread across five continents and working with some of the biggest brands and agencies in the world like Chanel, The Guardian, John Lewis, GQ and more.

Richard Roberts

Jason Bruges Studios

Richard Roberts

Jason Bruges Studios

Richard Roberts, Managing and Design Director at Jason Bruges Studio share the future of experiences and how his team creates unique installations for various brands. Jason Bruges Studio comprises of architects, artists, lighting designers, industrial designers and visualisers as well as specialists in electronics, programming and project management. They’ve created one off spectacles for museums and galleries such as Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate and Natural History Museum as well as an epic urban-scale intervention for Hull 2017 in which industrial robots performed unique choreographies with light.

Moe Krimat

Seen Displays

Moe Krimat

Seen Displays

As consumers continue to influence the purpose of a brand’s existence, Moe Krimat shares Seen Displays’ human-centric approach and proven framework to future-proof the retail experience, shedding light on the emerging attitudes in Generation Z and their impact on the future of retail.

Tom Castle

Futurice

Tom Castle

Futurice

“Data is the new oil’, or so the saying goes. We hear a lot about the value of data in organisations, we also hear a lot about the ethics and implications for its misuse and challenges getting positive ROI. Futurice introduces tools and frameworks to help their clients get their heads around this new data dynamic and better explore opportunities for data and AI in their business.

Sandeep Raithatha

Wayra

Sandeep Raithatha

Wayra

Wayra's Head of Engagement is passionate about championing start-up innovation into corporates. Wayra is a world-leading start-up accelerator programme powered by Telefonica. Since 2012, it has helped more than 160 British and Irish start-ups take their businesses to the next level, helping them raise over $150m in third-party funding. Sandeep explains how companies can create startup ecosystems that will deliver real commercial value.

Sam Brown

Doteveryone

Sam Brown

Doteveryone

Doteveryone is the responsible technology think tank, fighting for better tech, for everyone. Responsible innovation is at the core of their practice. Sam Brown leads a highly interactive workshop where participants will carry out Doteveryone's new agile practice that encourages participants to take a values-driven approach to product design and consider the intended and unintended consequences of their products.

Jonathan Legge

&Open

Jonathan Legge

&Open

Hyper-personalisation is a fallacy. The future of any business operating at scale is about taking care to prioritise the human experience. &Open creates gifting experiences that forge lasting relationships between brands and their customers - gifts which are personal, not personalised.

Lydia Howland

Deliveroo

Lydia Howland

Deliveroo

Deliveroo is an app that over five years has transformed the way consumers use food delivery; ensuring that they have access to the best of the food-scene, no matter where they live. How is it possible to deliver consistent user experiences in global markets? Lydia Howland from Deliveroo's Experience Team shares how they approach the challenge of scaling consistency in a fast-paced, high-growth environment.

Antony Parham

Imagination

Antony Parham

Imagination

Antony is a hands-on strategic Executive Creative Director at Imagination, working with some of the world’s biggest brands and leading industry figures, thinkers and creative teams. His experience has taken award winning creative pedigree to the nuances of many global markets including Europe, Russia, China, Middle East and India.

Claire Campion & Ellen Turnill Montoya

Anyways Creative

Claire Campion & Ellen Turnill Montoya

Anyways Creative

At Anyways Creative the team adapt their working process according to the brief, the brand and the wider cultural context; this is how they stand apart from traditional agencies. Senior Creatives Claire and Ellen will talk about the importance of adaptability throughout the creative process. From the way you structure a project, to who you work with to bring it to life, how it lives in the world and even the way you approach that client/agency relationship.

Bianca Berning

Dalton Maag

Bianca Berning

Dalton Maag

Bianca is a creative based at the intersection of typography, type design and technology. She has over 8 years experience working with some of the most respected global design agencies and the world’s leading brand owners. She put her creative expertise to work by combining strategic and commercial objectives to get to the core of a company’s culture and help them find their very own tone of voice.

Asa Cook

Intertype Studio

Asa Cook

Intertype Studio

According to research, people are now so overwhelmed with information that we now officially have attention spans shorter than that of a goldfish. Asa Cook, Creative director and founder of Intertype studio, will talk about how creativity can cut through to create memorability for brands, sharing examples of his work from his 18 years at leading brand design agency, Design Bridge.

Jeremy Lindley

Diageo

Jeremy Lindley

Diageo

Jeremy is passionate about the way design can connect on an emotional level with consumers and about consistently delivering the highest standards of ideas and execution. He is responsible for Design across Diageo’s current brands and new products worldwide. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Board Director of the Design Business Association and part of the Design Commission that advises the UK government on design policy.

Sean Thomas

Jones Knowles Ritchie

Sean Thomas

Jones Knowles Ritchie

Jones Knowles Ritchie has been reigniting some of the world’s most well-known brands for over 30 years. From Budweiser to Burger King, Dunkin’ to Heinz, Snickers to The National Lottery – but how do you ensure these legacy brands stay relevant for today? Executive Creative Director Sean Thomas shares how JKR designs brands that stay true to their core but continually evolve to engage consumers through identity and experience.

Sarah Richards

Content Design London

Sarah Richards

Content Design London

Content Design London apply user-centred techniques to create interfaces, written content and publishing strategies that work. Founder Sarah Richards will demonstrate real-world examples of how a single word can break a service how preconception, belief and subconscious language affects behaviour and how measuring intention will give you much better success and value criteria for your content.

Kristof Goossens

Made By Many

Kristof Goossens

Made By Many

How do you build data driven products? Magic? A few data scientists? Kristof Goossens, Product Designer at Made by Many will share what they learned building and launching a data-driven product from scratch for Carlsberg.

Dan Makoski

Lloyds Banking Group

Dan Makoski

Lloyds Banking Group

Dan Makoski is an executive who believes in the power of Design to foster healthy habits, helping us end the day a bit better than it started. He is Chief Design Officer at Lloyds Banking Group, leading a multi-disciplinary human-centered team with the singular goal of helping Britain prosper through empathetic and courageous design.

James Greenfield

Studio Koto

James Greenfield

Studio Koto

Studio Koto envision, design and build brands across platforms both digital and physical. James Greenfield founded Studio Koto along with Jowey Roden and Caroline Matthews in 2015 to intersect the world of brand and product.

Mazy Burns

Dennis

Mazy Burns

Dennis

Dennis are dedicated to growing Britain’s best loved media brands, restlessly innovating across different platforms to bring audiences new sources of inspiration, information and entertainment. Mazy will share the ins and outs of building an effective UXD team & process for commercial online media.

Katie Wishlade

Clearleft

Katie Wishlade

Clearleft

Katie shapes, defines and designs digital services. She specialises in defining the proposition for digital platforms and then ensuring that the design and implementation does this proposition justice. A visual and intuitive thinker, Katie likes to quickly visualise concepts in sketch form and then iterate on those concepts in response to user and stakeholder feedback. She's an expert in using graphic facilitation and storyboarding to quickly capture and communicate the essence of an idea or concept.

Clara Gaggero Westaway

Special Projects

Clara Gaggero Westaway

Special Projects

Designer and inventor Clara Gaggero Westaway is leading the search for ways in which technology can feel human and be accessible to all. Working at the intersection of innovation, design and ethnography, her award-winning studio is pioneering new ways of enhancing the unquantifiable aspects of life: empathy, wellbeing, and delight, with meaningful design and invention. Her studio's combination of a unique methodology and user-led intuition is demonstrated in deep-dive case studies of some of their most groundbreaking projects.

Johanna Drewe

Studio Output

Johanna Drewe

Studio Output

In a connected world, your brand is whatever your audience is interacting with. Every experience should be powerful, rewarding and memorable - for brands to cut through we believe a focused core idea needs to be supported by a unique personality, woven through any moment in any experience. Johanna will share how she approaches translating branding into digital world and how to think about UX through the brand lens.

Antonio Nardi

The Sound Agency

Antonio Nardi

The Sound Agency

Antonio Nardi is the Director of Design at The Sound Agency, a leading company in sound branding and sonification of public spaces founded by Julian Treasure, five-time TED speaker and world expert in sound and communication. Working across the globe for clients like Harrods, Honda, Majid Al Futtaim, HBO, and IKEA, The Sound Agency have consistently improved customer engagement, customer experience, and brand value.

Carolyn Chmielewski

Spotify

Carolyn Chmielewski

Spotify

Passionate about understanding users and focused on creating a positive user experience across multiple platforms, Carolyn specialises in ethnographic research, usability testing and the connection between usability and brand experience. As the Senior UX Researcher at Spotify, she conducts ethnographic observation and other qualitative research methods that provide a deep understanding of users' behaviours.

Dines

Studio BLUP

Dines

Studio BLUP

Dines is a award winning Creative Director and international speaker. He received his BA Hons in Graphic and Typography Design at Southampton Solent University in 2007 before pursuing a career in digital design. He is currently active as Co-founder and Creative Director of award-winning design company Studio BLUP.

Rob Self-Pierson

Verb

Rob Self-Pierson

Verb

Join Rob Self-Pierson as he reveals how to create and tell a story that moves your audience and inspires deeper connections. In this fast-paced, hands-on workshop, Rob will share how the most successful storytellers—from Hemingway to Honda—win attention, provoke emotion and leave people wanting more. Prepare for a steep dive into character, conflict, action and transformation.

Charly Lester

Lumen

Charly Lester

Lumen

Charly Lester is an award-winning entrepreneur and marketeer. She is the Co-Founder and CMO of Lumen, the first app-only dating platform for over 50s. She was named one of the Women of the Future in 2018, Women in Tech 100 in 2019, and she won a Stevie Award for Entrepreneurship for her work on Lumen.

Guy Duncan

Tide

Guy Duncan

Tide

Guy is a focused technology agile leader who has lead teams at Tide, BMW, and PayU across product development, strategy, operations, and customer service projects. As CTO at Tide, guys leads the collaboration between different product groups on business, product strategies, customers and multi-year product roadmaps.

James Sullivan

Monzo

James Sullivan

Monzo

James is responsible for overseeing a multidisciplinary legal team at Monzo. With a career spanning over 20 years, James has worked across multiple sectors, notably FinTech, investment management, real estate, crowdfunding, and telecoms. He has been working in disruptive, fast-growth, early-stage companies since 2018, helping establish the infrastructure of an in-house team and working on solutions to help the legal teams scale.

Jamie Thomas

Co-Founder

Jamie Thomas

Co-Founder

Jamie served as Chief Financial Officer at Qubit from 2011-2020. He has since co-founded The Network Lab which helps organisational networks to boost innovation, drive engagement and build truly inclusive cultures. He is a part-time angel investor and part of the advisory board at investment and innovation firm, True.

Yates Buckley

UNIT9

Yates Buckley

UNIT9

Yates has been bridging technology and creativity over the last 22 years and acts as a cross-domain problem solver with a passion for diverse areas, from neuroscience to game design and virtual reality. His work at UNIT9 is around the technical strategy that underlies a sustained history of award-winning work.

Thierry Brunfaut

Base Design

Thierry Brunfaut

Base Design

Thierry co-founded Base in 1996 and oversees Base's New York and Geneva studios. At Base, Thierry has lead landmark projects including MoMA QNS, Maison Michel, San Francisco Art Institute, Mobistar, BeTV, Bozar, Hotel Missoni, The Olympic Museum, and La Monnaie Opera. As a design leader, he follows a philosophy of graphic and conceptual simplicity that emphasises concise communication.

Christopher Bahry

Tendril

Christopher Bahry

Tendril

Chris is the Co-Founder of the internationally renowned design and animation studio Tendril, with 40 employees and offices in Toronto and São Paulo. Over the course of his creative career, Chris has actively sought out beauty and meaning in the places where the visual arts and sciences converge. Tendril has been awarded globally by leaders in the fields of design, communication, interactive arts, and motion graphics by such governing bodies as Cannes, the YDA, the ADCCs, the FWA, AIGA, and many others.

Kate Bate

Tendril

Kate Bate

Tendril

Kate has 20+ years of experience in the advertising and design industry. Her business sensibilities matched with her savvy commitment to always taking bold risks led her to launch three production/post-production facilities, all culminating to what is now Tendril. She is community minded and has served on numerous charity and industry boards. Kate Co-Founded and is Chair of a MakeWay initiative called Together Project, promoting diversity, inclusion, and civic engagement through programs that connect refugee newcomers with volunteers.

Kate Dawkins

Kate Dawkins Studio

Kate Dawkins

Kate Dawkins Studio

Kate Dawkins is an acclaimed designer and director, specialising in bespoke content for live performances, shows and brand events. In a career that spans more then 20 years, Kate has worked for some of the largest global brands, including high profile projects for the giant 360˚ ‘Audience pixels’ for the London 2012 Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover, Samsung, Elton John, YouTube and the MTV European Music Awards.

Mike Reed

Reed Words

Mike Reed

Reed Words

Mike has been a writer for brands since 1993, and founded up Reed Words in 2014, growing the company to become a full-fledged brand writing agency. Drawing on decades of experience, Mike heads up a team of strategically-minded brand writers, based in London and working across the world. Reed Words has delivered projects for some of the worlds leading brands, including clients like Formula 1, Skype, Tesco, Ladbrokes and Argos.

Sébastien Van Laere

Superframe

Sébastien Van Laere

Superframe

Sébastien is the founder of Superframe. After more than a decade of using insight and foresight to develop innovation and strategy for some of the biggest global brands, he started Superframe to help businesses be more resilient by being more prepared and more agile. He has worked globally with senior business leaders across sectors including consumer technology, fashion, luxury, retail, place-making and media. By. By combining his expertise Sébastien helps businesses to anticipate change and accelerate decision making to help them thrive in a turbulent world.

Alexandre Torres

Tendril

Alexandre Torres

Tendril

Alexandre Torres is one of the founders of Tendril, with a creative career spanning from a rural community in Brazil, to becoming an up and coming designer in Rio de Janeiro, before his moving to Toronto to co-found creative studio Tendril. Tendril is a design-driven animation, vfx, and digital innovation studio creating beautiful and thoughtful visuals across all mediums.

Vivienne Sung

Facebook

Vivienne Sung

Facebook

Vivienne is an entrepreneur, start-up advisor, angel investor, and a passionate product person, currently Product Lead at Facebook. She helps companies improve their products, focusing on building easy to use, effective, beautiful experiences both online and offline.

Jessica Cheng

Idean UK

Jessica Cheng

Idean UK

Jessica is a strategic and experience design specialist with background in design and business. She helps business define, develop and deploy their propositions, products, and services to transform the way they operate and engage with customers across channels.

Lesley Swarbrick

ex-Time Inc, BBC, and Amnesty International

Lesley Swarbrick

ex-Time Inc, BBC, and Amnesty International

Lesley is a Commercial HR and OD Director with corporate, interim, and consultancy experience. She has worked in HR leadership positions with Time, BBC, and Amnesty International. Her experience covers, Music, Media, Broadcasting, Public, Financial Services, Charity and NGO. She is a writer, coach, and occasional keynote speaker.

Paddy Smith

Born Social

Paddy Smith

Born Social

Paddy Smith is the Creative Director at Born Social, an award-winning agency working with the UK's leading startups and small businesses, through to some of the world's biggest and most exciting brands.

Matthew Jones

Accept & Proceed

Matthew Jones

Accept & Proceed

Matthew Jones is the Creative Director and a Partner at the award winning East London design studio Accept & Proceed. With a global client base they partner with visionaries people who hunger for radical ideas they are renowned for producing thoughtful work with both the analytics and aesthetic in mind.

Ian Ritchie

Jones Knowles Ritchie

Ian Ritchie

Jones Knowles Ritchie

In 1990, Ian co-founded design agency Jones Knowles Ritchie (JKR). Since then, he has been responsible for shaping the appearance of consumer packaged goods found in households around the world, working with businesses such as ABInBev, Mars, PepsiCo and Unilever.

Neil Cooper

Brilliant Basics

Neil Cooper

Brilliant Basics

Neil Cooper is Chief Design Officer at Brilliant Basics and leads the global design practice. He has over 20 years of experience and has worked with many of the world’s leading brands.

Marta Swannie

Superunion

Marta Swannie

Superunion

Marta is a Senior Creative Director with a focus on innovation. She has nearly 20 years of experience creating award-winning work for brands. She has created visual identities, communications, experiences, products, and services for some of the world's most exciting companies, including ESL, PlayStation, Red Bull, Orange, Sony, LEVEL, Tate, and the National Gallery.

Emma Barratt

Wolff Olins

Emma Barratt

Wolff Olins

Emma leads the creative charge at Wolff Olins London, guiding teams across multiple clients, whilst setting a creative vision for the studio. She brings deep experience in branding, motion, advertising, and digital experiences, helping Alibaba, Google, and Uber to bring new technology to the world.

Bidisha Sinha

Zaha Hadid Architects

Bidisha Sinha

Zaha Hadid Architects

Bidisha was born in Damascus and raised in Delhi. She joined ZHA in the summer of 2005 and has more than a decade of experience delivering international architectural projects across all stages from design concept through to completion. Bidisha also has extensive experience liaising with public authorities and project stakeholders on high-profile projects around the world.

Marina Willer

Pentagram

Marina Willer

Pentagram

Marina is a Pentagram Partner and Creative Director with a background in graphic design, branding, and filmmaking. She has led the design of many iconic brand identities such as Tate Gallery, Serpentine Galleries, Southbank Centre, Amnesty International, Oxfam, and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Enda Ridge

Google

Enda Ridge

Google

Enda works on Product Analytics at Google Geo and is the author of "Guerrilla Analytics – a practical approach to working with data". His previous role was Chief Data Scientist at Sainsbury's. He is an accomplished data scientist who sets up and grows data science teams to help businesses leverage data to stay competitive.

Matt Fenby-Taylor

ClearScore

Matt Fenby-Taylor

ClearScore

Matt is product leader who builds consumer and business-facing products and businesses in fast-moving markets. He is currently Chief Product Officer at ClearScore. In previous roles, he has built products for travelers at Skyscanner and for creators at SoundCloud.

Fura Johannesdottir

Huge

Fura Johannesdottir

Huge

With over 20 years of experience in the digital industry, Fura has worked on some of the industry’s most innovative digital campaigns, products and connected services. In her current role as Chief Design Officer at Huge, Fura is responsible for the agency’s design leadership across 13 international offices.

Laura Jordan Bambach

Grey London

Laura Jordan Bambach

Grey London

Laura is Chief Creative Officer at Grey London, and an award-winning creative with a long history of innovative commercial work. She is a former president of D&AD, has been named one of Britain’s most influential people within the Debrett’s 500 annual list, as well as scooped up Individual of the Year at the Dadi Awards. She is a firm believer in the power of creativity to make positive change.

Joel Bailey

EY Seren

Joel Bailey

EY Seren

Joel is a dedicated Director with over 20 years of experience in service design, systems thinking, and research, working to transform and improve services across sectors. He takes a very practical and hands-on approach to help clients with their most complex challenges so they can protect, optimise, grow and transform their businesses.

Divinia Knowles

ex-Mind Candy, Pact Coffee

Divinia Knowles

ex-Mind Candy, Pact Coffee

Divinia was one of the driving forces behind Mind Candy, transforming it from what was a small start-up based in Battersea, to a $250m company that has developed the global kids phenomenon Moshi Monsters. Previously COO for Pact Coffee, she currently works as a Leadership Coach with clients include Monzo, Bacardi, Bloom&Wild, Thiva, and Runway East.

Phill Burton

Bloom & Wild

Phill Burton

Bloom & Wild

Phill is an energetic, driven, and passionate startup leader. His expertise focuses on leadership, management, and scaling organisations. He is an active mentor in the London startup scene through Seedcamp and Tech Nation.

Grace Francis

Karmarama

Grace Francis

Karmarama

Grace has built a career at the intersection of product and marketing, working on commercial and creative projects for clients such as Adidas, Barclaycard, Coca-Cola, Disney, Doconomy, Ikea, Lego, and Universal Music Group. She has a passion for the ethics and empathy of design, and how technology is shaping humanity and intersectionality.

David Pratt

TransferWise

David Pratt

TransferWise

David is an accomplished global finance executive with an unusually rich experience covering many fields of finance across multinational group and operating company functions. He has extensive international experience in finance leadership roles across financial operations and control, commercial and transformation with teams of up to 60 staff, as well as shared service centre and system integrator organisations.

Philip Strain

Spotify

Philip Strain

Spotify

Philip has a seasoned career in tech accessibility, working with Google, Apple, and most recently Spotify. As Insights Manager he manages a team of user researchers and data scientists located across London and Stockholm. He also founded and leads the accessibility guild at Spotify - a network of designers, engineers, researchers, and product managers collaborating to ensure Spotify is accessible to all.

Ruby Steel

Studio Exception

Ruby Steel

Studio Exception

Ruby Steel is a trailblazer in inclusive design. She is committed to making people’s lives better through the power of design, working across a variety of industries. Ruby has been awarded two Helen Hamlyn Design Awards for Creativity and Inclusive Design and received honorable mentions from Core77 and the RSA for design solutions combating issues such as social isolation in older people.

Christopher Fielden

innocent

Christopher Fielden

innocent

As Group Supply Chain Director at innocent, Chris looks after everything from fruit sourcing to technical and regulatory affairs, manufacturing and distribution. Both Chris and innocent are passionate about sustainability, and Chris is leading the project to make the most sustainable manufacturing facility in Europe to act as a flagship for how industry can do it’s bit to reduce the impact of climate change.

Sara Sheridan

ClearScore

Sara Sheridan

ClearScore

Sara heads up the Insight team at ClearScore, fueling long-term growth at the company. She has a background in data and analytics, driving change in her past roles at Liberty Global, BT, and MTM where she delivered research and strategy projects for clients including Google, YouTube, BBC, Channel 4, NBCU Universal, Sky and Discovery. She is a regular speaker at conferences and events.

Sinx

ustwo

Sinx

ustwo

John Sinclair (Sinx) is Co-Founder of the ustwo group. He formed the company in 2004 with his business partner and best friend Mills. Before becoming Chairman of the Studio Group Sinx held the position of CEO and ran the London, Malmö, New York and Sydney studios. He also sits on the board of ustwo Games which is famously known for creating the Monument Valley series. With over 20 years of experience in the design and technology industry, John has worked with blue-chip clients across a range of sectors from consumer electronics, to retail, finance and health.
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USTWO
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Alexander Grünsteidl
Steve Buzz Pearce
Diamond Ho
Mark Bain
Jesse Asjes
Kevin Yuen
Andy Thornton
Kirsty Mitchell
Daniel Hirschmann
David Pearson
Daisy O'Reilly-Weinstock
Cenydd Bowles
Lola Oyelayo
Rob Howsam
Marie-Thérèse Cassidy
Harri Nieminen
Ben Langsfeld & Marla Moore
Jamie Crummie
Robin Wong
Joanna Brassett
Jonny Burch
Dem Gerolemou
Morgane Peng
Hem Patel
Jenna Smith
Alice Cappo
Jan Struek
Nat Buckley
Ruby Steel
Eva and Marta Yarza
Mike Reed
Greg Niemand and Evan Gildersleeve
Ilaria Squicciarini
Campbell Butler
David Dalziel
Georgia Fendley
Matt Rice
Melissa Cain
Jon Cockley
Richard Roberts
Moe Krimat
Tom Castle
Sandeep Raithatha
Sam Brown
Jonathan Legge
Lydia Howland
Antony Parham
Claire Campion & Ellen Turnill Montoya
Bianca Berning
Asa Cook
Jeremy Lindley
Sean Thomas
Sarah Richards
Kristof Goossens
Dan Makoski
James Greenfield
Mazy Burns
Katie Wishlade
Clara Gaggero Westaway
Johanna Drewe
Antonio Nardi
Carolyn Chmielewski
Dines
Rob Self-Pierson
Charly Lester
Guy Duncan
James Sullivan
Jamie Thomas
Yates Buckley
Thierry Brunfaut
Christopher Bahry
Kate Bate
Kate Dawkins
Mike Reed
Sébastien Van Laere
Alexandre Torres
Vivienne Sung
Jessica Cheng
Lesley Swarbrick
Paddy Smith
Matthew Jones
Ian Ritchie
Neil Cooper
Marta Swannie
Emma Barratt
Bidisha Sinha
Marina Willer
Enda Ridge
Matt Fenby-Taylor
Fura Johannesdottir
Laura Jordan Bambach
Joel Bailey
Divinia Knowles
Phill Burton
Grace Francis
David Pratt
Philip Strain
Ruby Steel
Christopher Fielden
Sara Sheridan
Sinx

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