Executive VP, Razorfish International
Everyone has a favorite teacher, who at some point during their education, sparks an interest, or even a life-long passion.
In my case, it was a visionary art teacher who introduced me to the world of design the intersection of ideas, art, science and technology. Twenty years ago, this fascination with ideas, problem solving and product design also became my career coinciding with the timely and meteoric rise of digital media.
In early 1995, I led the design team of the U.K.s first online shopping mall. A few years later I became head of business development at OgilvyInteractive, and later head of digital at Foote, Cone & Belding. Since then Ive spent almost a decade at AKQA working with Daniel Bonner (chief creative officer, Razorfish International), delivering ideas, technology and products for the likes of Coca-Cola, Ferrari, Fiat, Heineken, Nike, Unilever and Xbox.
As well as client work, Ive also been involved in a number of important initiatives: developing competency frameworks to nurture expertise, establishing professional development and leadership programs and finding ways of supporting employees with young families, despite the demands of digital agency life.
Inspired by a great teacher myself, Ive recently had the privilege of educating the next generation of digital product designers, most notably on Jonathan Ives industrial design course at Northumbria University, as a visiting lecturer. Its through teaching that Ive learned that a truly world-class product requires a blend of only two key ingredients: the highest standards and the most capable talent.