Owen Thomas

Design Director at Wolff Olins

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About me

 

I used to work in the physical space. Now I work in the digital space. I'm interested in how digital and physical spaces work together. Strategy + brand + design for clients like V&A, ITV, Skype, Technology Will Save Us and RWE I hail from Winnipeg, Canada, where I studied communication design and began my career at a studio called the FaQtory. The building was in an industrial area near a mushroom plant and often smelled of manure. I left my job and country behind to dive into the world of digital, exploring concepts of information processing and digital identity through contemporary art and design at Leeds Met. I wrote a lot about the evolution of the web and produced a series of sculptures that represent our relationship with websites. London was calling and I continued down the art/design path at a startup called Sedition, an e-commerce platform selling limited edition art for screens. I now work for Made by Many, designing products and services that address genuine user needs. The work is incredibly rewarding. In an industry that evolves so rapidly, it makes little sense to stand still. I have an insatiable appetite for learning and have pivoted often over the last ten years. When I'm not working with clients, I'm doing my own side projects and experiments.

Skills

 

  • Packaging
  • Branding
  • Environmental Design
  • Art Direction
  • Copywriting
  • Multi-platform
  • Typography
  • Blogging
  • Strategic Planning
  • Proofreading
  • Creative Direction
  • Client Management
  • UX Design
  • UI Design

Work history

2016

Senior Designer

Made by Many

Feb 2014 - Jan 2016
  • Strategy and design for digital products and services. Workshopping, interviewing, brainstorming, prototyping, testing, learning, iterating, releasing, repeat. Clients include Skype, ITV News, Hackaball, Technology Will Save Us and the V&A.

2014

Lead Designer

Sedition

Mar 2012 - Feb 2014
  • Art Director, UX and UI Designer at Sedition, the world's first platform devoted to showcasing and selling art exclusively for screens. Design lead on www.seditionart.com and associated apps for iOS, Android, Samsung SmartTV, along with marketing and promotional materials.

2010

Graphic Designer

The Faqtory

Aug 2007 - May 2010
  • Designing books, planners, catalogs, identities, ad campaigns, banners, signage, packaging, trophies, interiors, websites, and various video projects; Art directing several large-scale projects; Managing tight budgets and multiple projects at a time; Developing proposals for client pitches; Participating in group brainstorming sessions; Liaising with clients throughout project timelines.

2009

Freelance Designer

GDC Manitoba

Jul 2009 - Sep 2009
  • Designing identity, brand and promotional materials for Blue Sky Design Conference; Collaborating with team in brainstorming sessions; Pitching concept and artwork in meetings with client; Art directing a photoshoot for promotional materials; Contributing to the event’s high attendance and national profile.

2007

Graphic Designer

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba

May 2007 - Jul 2007
  • Designing a promotional brochure, vector illustrations and several identities for HSFM brand initiatives; Working independently with minimal direction; Meeting with HSFM communications team to provide weekly project updates; Assisting on the film set of a television advertisement.

2007

Internship

Fusion

Mar 2007 - Mar 2007
  • Designing advertisements, identities and stationary; Copywriting for advertisements; Achieving design consistency within established brands; Assisting with assembly of company awards submissions; Attending daily staff meetings; Working within budgets and deadlines on all projects.

2007

Freelance Designer

Group

Mar 2007 - Mar 2007
  • Rotoscoping film for use in online marketing video

Education

2011

Art Design Distinction

Leeds Metropolitan University

Aug 2010 - Jun 2011

    2008

    Graphic Design

    Red River College

    Aug 2005 - Jun 2008

      Awards

      2015

      Lovie Award

      Lovie Awards

      2015

      UX Mag Design for Experience Award

      2015

      Webby Award

      Webby Awards

      2015

      FastCompany Product Design Award

      2015

      Online Media Awards Best New App