Earlier this month I had the pleasure of co-hosting a retreat for senior design leaders, at a beautiful country house hotel in the Cotswolds. The group was comprised of Heads and Directors of Design from a range of well-known brands.
Andy is a designer at heart, and firmly believes in the power of design to build loyalty, delight users, and create competitive advantage. Andy sees Design as more than just pixels—it's a problem solving process that can be used to solve a whole class of challenges, from improving services, to inventing whole new revenue streams.
Andy was one of the first pioneers of web standards. His blog and best-selling book CSS Mastery: Web Standards Solutions, helped set the tone for progressive web-design in the UK. He continues to lead the conversation around design. He organises UX London each year, and he founded Leading Design in 2016. A conference where design leaders can learn from one another, as well as from his carefully curated list of speakers.
Mentoring and evangelism
Andy is a regular speaker at international conferences like SXSW, IxDA, Fronteers, An Event Apart and The Next Web. He co-founded the Brighton Digital Festival in 2011, a celebration of digital and design culture which attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Andy is a strong advocate for the fledgling design community. He has lectured at New York's School of Visual Arts, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, and Greenwich University. He has also mentored up-and-coming start-up founders at Seedcamp for a number of years.
Andy currently manages a Design Leadership Slack community of 1,000+ Heads, Directors and VPs of Design at some of the Worlds best known companies, as well as hosting our new series of leadership retreats. Off the back of this Andy recently partnered with our friends at InVision to host a series of Leadership dinners around Europe
Away from the studio
Andy is a qualified diving instructor, and occasional cave diver. He enjoys international travel and recently spent 6-weeks working in Bali, where he mentored a local start-up event. Hand-in-hand with travel goes a love of food – One of the reasons why he's currently working his way round the Worlds 50 Best Restaurants.
Recent articles by Andy
Design fiction is becoming an increasingly useful way to explore and communicate possible design futures. In order to create a better future, designers should be adding techniques for designing fiction to their toolbox today.