Our Creative Leaders
ESIN brings some of the world’s finest creative talent to our workshops, seminars and creative consultations – people who are not only leaders themselves but who also bring out the best in others through their knowledge and ability to educate and inspire.
The Designers Republic
Ian Anderson is a world renowned graphic designer whose work is synonymous with dance music, electronica and Play Station – but which subsequently has been commissioned by Issey Miyake, Coca Cola, Aibo and Sony, Nike, and MTV and others as part of global branding campaigns. He has also worked with architects and urban developers. Ian is self taught but has achieved great success at the studio he founded in Sheffield, England in 1986 – The Designers Republic. In 2006 he was co-curator of the British Pavilion at the 10th Venice Biennale for Architecture.
Dean, Kunsthochschule Kassel, Germany
Co-founder Tomato interactive
Joel Baumann specializes in the impact of new media on society and communication, in particular the interactive aspect. He has worked commercially in this space for clients such as Sony, Mitsubishi Motors, AOL, Sharp, Nokia and Redbull. Additionally, visuals he has produced have been used at live music events, including nine hours of content at Electraglide, an indoor live music event in Japan. He has been Professor of New Media and subsequently Dean at the Kunsthochschule Kassel since 2003; and he also co-founded Tomato.
Simon Browning is a creative director with a background in graphic design and design consultancy. He worked in the UK at North Design, which he co-founded, producing work for Carat, Royal Automobile Club, Telewest and HM Land Registry. He has lived in Tokyo since 2003, working first for advertising agency Beacon, where clients included P&G and Audi. Since 2005 he has led his own company, Hester Fell, which consults on visual strategy, brand formation and creative direction in the Japan market. Clients include the city of Sapporo, Mori Building and Coca Cola Japan.
Dirk van Dooren
Ex Fallon, FCB Inferno
Dirk van Dooren`s work includes design, branding, advertising, film and video and architecture and interior design. He was a founder and partner in Tomato, and subsequently has worked at agencies Fallon and FCB/ INFERNO. A store he designed in 2007 for an Italian clothing company, Aspesi, was voted “The Best Store in the World” by an international design jury and Wallpaper magazine. He has also won awards for work with TV Asahi, Cadbury`s, French Connection, and at Tokyo Directors Club.
Dirk van Dooren
Creative Partner, DARE
Flo Heiss`s education in his native Germany and subsequently Italy and the Royal College of Arts in London was in graphic design and art. His career has been as a creative director, in particular as founding Creative Director at DARE, the London based digital agency. For his work, he has been named three times as one of Campaign`s top ten creative directors, while DARE was Campaign`s Digital Agency of the Decade in 2010, and also picked up accolades from Fast Magazine, Creativity magazine, and the Brand Republic Hall of Fame. Flo has also run his own agency, Studio Heiss.
Laura Jordan Bambach
Creative Partner, Mr President
Laura Jordan Bambach is an innovator and a leader. In her own work, she has brought traditional story-telling into the digital world. She is now Creative Partner at Mr President, a London based creative agency. She also co-founded and leads SheSays – an international volunteer organization encouraging women to take up digital careers. Laura is President of D&AD, a non profit global community at the centre of design and advertising. Among many awards, she won the New Media Age Greatest Individual Contribution to the Industry 2011 prize.
Laura Jordan Bambach
Chairman & Co-founder The Barbarian Group, New York
Benjamin Palmer is recognized as a leader in the field of interactive communication – and has been since the early days of the internet. Early clients included Volkswagen and Nike, while subsequently he has also worked with GE, Samsung and Pepsi. His work shows consistent creativity, innovation and humanity. As a business leader, he is CEO of Barbarian, a full service creative agency specializing in digital; and he is President of the Art Directors Club in New York, a non profit advertising society. He is a board member at the Kitchen in New York, a collective which encourages experimentation in performance, video, dance, music and the visual arts. Both he and Barbarian have been recognized with numerous accolades, including as one of Esquire`s “Best and Brightest” and Creativity`s Interactive Agency of the Year.
Global CEO, The Gild
Simon Massey is a branding and innovation leader with a long history of work in the consumer sector. Working on creativity, innovation and strategy with expertise drawn from branding, media, communications and management consultancy, his firm, The Gild, works with clients such as Sony, Red Bull, Wild Turkey and Burberry. The Gild dates from 2009, when Simon took his previous agency, Exposure Innovate, and merged it with a design agency. His career as an agency leader goes back even further – to 1996, when he launched the innovation agency “nineyards.” Over the years, other projects and clients include Reading Festival, Kraft Foods, MTV and Virgin.
James Victore Inc., New York
James Victore is a graphic designer whose dramatic work in posters has been used by clients such as Moet & Chandon, Yohji Yamamoto, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and the City of New York. His work has been exhibited at MOMA in New York and the Louvre in Paris. He is an Emmy award winner and a winner at the Brno Biennale, the New York Art Directors Club and others. As well as being a leading graphic artist in his own right, he is also passionate about teaching creativity and design. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York; and runs his own seminars, workshops and dinners.
Professor of Design, Monash University Art, Design & Architecture (MADA), Melbourne, Australia (2012-14)
John Warwicker`s background is in graphic design – in his student days he was a recipient of the UK`s Royal Academy Drawing Prize for Natural History. His first commercial venture was with London studio Da Gama which took him into the field of design and video at record company A&M and production company Vivid, specializing in the music industry, where he has worked with artists such as Iggy Pop, the Rolling Stones, The Police and Janet Jackson. He has subsequently applied his vast design, music, video and visual artistic skills to helping commercial clients at agency Tomato and to teaching at MADA and a role as Visiting Professor of Design at Zokei University in Tokyo.
Executive Creative Director, The Gild, London
Graham Wood is a globally influential figure in the world of design. He started his career in 1991 at the London co-operative Tomato. In 2006 he joined the advertising agency JWT as Executive Creative Director for Visual Communication in New York, before moving to London with the same company and subsequently co-founding Studio Heiss and working at The Gild. His work and clients are hugely varied – strategy, creative direction, installation, events and numerous other solutions for clients ranging from Nike and Adidas to Procter & Gamble, Electrolux and Philips. He has won numerous awards, including Cannes Lions and BBC Design Awards.
Toru is an accomplished creative director and an alumnus of the original Tomato workshops. He is involved in a number of collaborative projects including the art collective ‘Cerberus’ with with John Warwicker (tomato), Karl Hyde (Underworld) and is founder of the ribbon art group ‘Ribbonesia’. He is also a creative advisor for D&DESIGN. His work has received numerous awards including NY ONE SHOW, Tokyo Type Directors Club (TDC).