is the co-founder of the progressive industrial design studio Mike and Maaike. Formed as a design laboratory, the San Francisco studio focuses on experimentation, authenticity, substance and good. In the past five years, Mike and Maaike have amassed a diverse roster of clients/collaborators including Google, Belkin, Xbox, Steelcase, Council, and the City of San Francisco. These collaborations have resulted in successful and award-winning projects marked by strong conceptual narratives, critical thinking, and optimism.
Sandrine is a native of south of France and graduated with honors from ENSCI - Les Ateliers in 1996. She remained in Paris for several years, working for Philippe STARCK on the 7-Eleven Japan stationary line, GoodGoods catalog and Alessi homeware. In 1998, she created her own consultancy, collaborating with companies such as Alcatel, Thomson Multimedia, Salomon and L’Oréal.
Since 1993, Thomas Overthun has been an associate partner and practice director for IDEO’s Consumer Experience Design practice. Overthun has in the past managed a group of seven designers and now directs large design programs at IDEO. His expertise is in the areas of contract furniture and seating, office and consumer electronics, kitchen tools and appliances, personal care and sports products. His clients include Audible, Brooks England, Cisco, Eastman, fizi:k, Microsoft, National Panasonic, Oral B, Procter & Gamble, Selle Royal, Steelcase, Western Digital and Zyliss Switzerland.
Directs Design Strategy and Experience Planning in Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, with a focus on building next generation experience strategies for products such as Xbox, Zune and mobile devices, and activating the organization around them. Prior to Microsoft, Anton was a senior consultant in New Solutions Development at Philips Design in the Netherlands.
Rhys Newman is head of advanced projects at Nokia where he leads a multi-disciplinary design team in Helsinki and Los Angeles. He established the strategic projects team specifically to bring creativity, designers and designing to the heart of Nokia corporate strategy, business development and decision-making.