“As designers, we have a disproportionately large influence on our world. When I joined IDSA, I was excited to become a member of an organization which provided a framework for designers around the world to have conversations on the topics which define our time with the goal of making the world a better place,” says Tompkin, creative director of the industrial design, brand strategy and product innovation studio headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.
Pip Tompkin Design Studio innovates with its “assume nothing, question everything” philosophy, encouraging its designers to question all assumptions made by a product’s predecessors—often resulting in great leaps in advancement through design.
Every project provides an opportunity for designers to identify new market opportunities, discover new technological frontiers and pioneer new design solutions. “We think big to create big ideas in the realms of miniature and wearable technologies, consumer electronics and lifestyle products that connect with consumers on emotional and experiential levels,” says Tompkin, who has created revolutionary products and strategies for companies including Dell, Microsoft, Nokia, Toshiba, Vizio, Polycom, Twitter, iRobot, Toshiba, HTC, Playjam, DAQRI, Discovery Kids and Belkin. His designs, featured in many magazines and publications, have acquired numerous patents and awards and yielded global sales in the hundreds of millions.
Tompkin graduated top of his class from Northumbria University in Newcastle. He earned his MID from Royal College of Art in London, where he became the first person in seven years to receive the Special Examiners Distinction. Tompkin developed products, infrastructure and strategy for architecture and design firms in England, Norway, Sweden, Finland, China, Korea and the Netherlands before moving to the United States in 2001, and working for Dell, then Nokia—before founding Pip Tompkin Design Studio in 2008.
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