Event Archive — 2020

Designers Speak® - Brian Collins

Pursuing the extraordinary, making change happen by design.

Join us for a provocative evening discussion with Brian Collins, Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of COLLINS - a studio with a proud record of “Building better futures by weaving the pragmatic with the poetic and putting imagination at the centre of everything we do“.

Brian is a fantastic creative thinker and leader whose work has been recognized and awarded from all corners of the industry and across a wonderful range of clients – From Airbnb to Coca-Cola, Giorgio Armani and IBM to ​Instagram. ​Levi Strauss & Co. Nike, Facebook, Spotify, The Walt Disney Co and the Guggenheim Museum to name but a few.

Brian will talk with us on the ins and outs of advocating change by design across 3 case studies, and his experiences in using design as a powerful agitator:

- For both businesses and brands
- For maximum positive impact
- And ultimately to better anticipate the futures you are designing for. 

We will be fielding questions from the community both in advance of the session to and in live discussion on the night, so please take this opportunity to engage with one of the most insightful and thoughtful practitioners ever to visit our shores.

The discussion is proudly presented by DINZ and will be facilitated by Noel Blackwell – Co Founder and Strategy Director of LIKEMINDS.

Brian visited studios on Friday 13th March - LikeMinds; Extended Whanau; Alt Group; Designworks.

Brian Collins

Brian Collins is Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS, an independent experience design company in New York City and San Francisco. They were named by Forbes as one of the companies reshaping the future of brand building.Over his career, Brian and his team have won every major creative award. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, Businessweek, Creativity, Fortune, NBC News, ABC News and Fast Company, which named Brian an American Master of Design. In 2017, COLLINS developed the concept and design of Ford’s launch of The City of Tomorrow, focusing on the future of urban mobility. In a survey of global companies, COLLINS was recently named one of “50 Places Creative People Want to Work Next” along with Disney, Tesla, Pixar and NASA. They were just named Ad Age’s first ‘Design Agency of the Year’. COLLINS is now in its fifth year of its High School Internship Program, which encourages students of color to pursue careers in design.COLLINS’ clients include some of the world's leading companies including Spotify, Facebook, Nike, Instagram, HBO, Target, Airbnb, The Guggenheim Museum and The Coca-Cola Company.

For ten years prior to founding of COLLINS, Brian was Chief Creative Officer of the brand and innovation division of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. Brian was made a Distinguished Alumnus of the Massachusetts College of Art in 2004 and received an Honorary Doctorate from the Art Center College of Design in 2008. In 2013, he was invited to join the Worldwide Creative Council of Ogilvy & Mather, the board which oversees the agency’s work globally.

Brian speaks globally on the effect of design on the future including at Kellogg, Columbia, Princeton, The Next Web and PopTech. He was the first graphic designer invited to participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Brian has been a professor in the Graduate Program of the School of Visual Arts since 2001. He is a Director of The One Club for Creativity, the world’s foremost non-profit organization recognizing creative excellence in design and advertising.Brian has been a professor in the Graduate Program of the School of Visual Arts in New York City since 2001. He is a Director of The One Club for Creativity, the world’s foremost non-profit organization recognizing creative excellence in design and advertising.

He lives in Manhattan and on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.