I'm Neil, an English designer based in San Francisco with over 15 years experience in the field. I am adept at the design and delivery of experiences rooted in strategy and craft. I am a passionate advocate for harnessing the emotional potency of design to solve strategic problems.
Originally hailing from Manchester I cut my teeth in the cultural and musical scenes of my hometown, starting my career at the legendary Factory Records, before seeking my fortune in London. There I began my eight years at the prestigious global architecture firm, Grimshaw which eventually took me to New York.
As Grimshaw's Head of Visual Design I worked closely with the company's most senior leadership to define and extend their brand across four continents, overseeing a cross-office team of designers in the creation of interactive exhibitions, digital tools, publications and brand systems.
Following Grimshaw I spent three years with the experience design firm, Method in NYC and SF where I led the design of brand and product experiences in collaborative teams. As well as the work shared on this site for medium size startups I also worked for global brands like Google and Ancestry.
Now based in the bay area I am exploring freelance opportunities, most recently as a Creative Director at DesignStudio working on a large cable and wireless rebrand.
Like many of my ilk I am a cultural sponge and an autodidact with a love of eclecticism and new juxtapositions. I'm an occasional painter, a regular music maker and an obsessive photographer.