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Top Influencers: 22 UK Design Director’s To Follow in 2022

Co-Founder & Design Director play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Co-Founder & Design Director role. We have selected these Co-Founder & Design Director’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative Co-Founder & Design Director’s. The list is in no particular order!

Maria Iontseva

Co-Founder & Design Director @ Lobster

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Usability addict at Lobster. Lovingly creates this company’s designs, interfaces, investor pitches and social media campaigns. Designed PC Mag awarded consumer IT products (in previous life). Londoner, photographer, sailor, jazz guitar. Learn more about Maria Iontseva on Crunchbase…

Lobster is a platform which enables brands, agencies and the media to licence visual content directly from social media users. Read more aboutLobster on Crunchbase…

David Jones

Design Director and Co-Founder @ Bulkhead Interactive

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Game Director @BPMGame. Previously Co-director/Designer/Writer/Programmer type @PlayBattalion @TuringTestGame @PneumaGame and other things.

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David Jones is Design Director and co-founder of Bulkhead Interactive where he worked on The Turing Test and Battalion 1944. His games industry career began releasing independent games in 2013. David has been part of the team growing Bulkhead Interactive from a small 4 person independent developer to a 30 person studio creating ambitious multiplayer FPS games. Learn more about David Jones on Crunchbase…

Bulkhead Interactive is a game development studios. Read more aboutBulkhead Interactive on Crunchbase…

Suraj Natarajan

Design Director @ Arora Design Consultancy

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Read more aboutArora Design Consultancy on Crunchbase…

Graeme Blackwood

UX / Design Director @ Argent

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Graeme Blackwood is a UX design director at Argent. Learn more about Graeme Blackwood on Crunchbase…

Argent is the most simple and secure smart wallet for crypto. Read more aboutArgent on Crunchbase…

Matt Cooper-Wright

Design Director @ IDEO

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Senior Design Director @ideo Industry Leader @hyperisland and occasional mentor @techstars. Teaching at @Lsbu

Matt Cooper-Wright

Read more aboutIDEO on Crunchbase…

James Willard

Design Director, Front-end Developer @ Tubular

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A sales tracking, collaboration, and workflow platform for sales teams. Read more aboutTubular on Crunchbase…

Richard Fenn

Design Director @ The Engine Group

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Although being a country boy from the depths of Herefordshire, Richard Fenn knew pursuing the family tradition of farming was not for him. Like most teenagers Richard Fenn loved playing computer games and was fascinated by cool tech. This inspired him to study Interactive Multimedia at University, a course offering various modules, from programming to graphic design. Richard Fenn quickly knew where his passions and strengths lay. Returning from a gap year Richard Fenn got a job as a Flash Designer. A few years down the road, it was obvious flash was dying a death and that’s when Richard Fenn traversed to full design. Many years and three companies later Richard Fenn is now a freelance Art Director and currently working at Google. Learn more about Richard Fenn on Crunchbase…

A creative community that provides clients with best-in-class communications expertise under one roof. Read more aboutThe Engine Group on Crunchbase…

Barry Waddilove

Design Director, Sustainability @ Electrolux

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Read more aboutElectrolux on Crunchbase…

Gareth Hague

Design Director @ AnOther Magazine

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Gareth Hague is Design Director @ AnOther Magazine. Learn more about Gareth Hague on Crunchbase…

A thought-provoking blend of high fashion, art and culture brought to you by the creators of AnOther Magazine and Another Man. Read more aboutAnOther Magazine on Crunchbase…

Ben Pawle

Design Director @ Nord Projects

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Nord Projects is a consultancy for design and technology taht helps to solve business problems. Read more aboutNord Projects on Crunchbase…

Mark Jenkins

Experience Design Director @ 72andSunny

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Mark is Experience Design Director at 72andSunny in Amsterdam. He believes in planning strategically to design across the full lifecycle of the UX process. Designing with informed decisions, Mark understands that a fantastic experience is one where the combination of how things look, read and work end up providing true value for people, where the best design is with intent. Learn more about Mark Jenkins on Crunchbase…

Read more about72andSunny on Crunchbase…

Helen Fuchs

Design Director @ ustwo

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Helen Fuchs is the Design Director at ustwo. Learn more about Helen Fuchs on Crunchbase…

Ustwo is a digital design studio that delivers interaction and user interface design services. Read more aboutustwo on Crunchbase…

Laura Newton

Design Director @ Allen International

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With over 15 years design experience, Laura joined Allen International in 2006 assuming responsibility for projects including: Mauritius Commercial Bank, Banorte (Mexico), TDB Bank (Mongolia), AmBank (Malaysia), Bac A Bank (Vietnam) and TBC Bank (Georgia). Laura has an MA and BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture and Design from the Institute of Art & Design, Surrey. Learn more about Laura Newton on Crunchbase…

Allen International is a strategic design consultancy. Read more aboutAllen International on Crunchbase…

Oscar Mead

Co-Founder & Design Director @ TeamO Marine Safety Products

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TeamO Marine designs safety products for sailors. Read more aboutTeamO Marine Safety Products on Crunchbase…

Marek Reichman

Design Director @ Aston Martin

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Marek joined Aston Martin in 2005 as Director of Design from Ford North America where he held the position of Director of Design for Product, Interior Design Strategy and Process. Since then, he has been strengthening Aston Martin’s iconic styling. Learn more about Marek Reichman on Crunchbase…

Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings manufacture luxury sports cars and grand tourers independently. Read more aboutAston Martin on Crunchbase…

David Hession

Associate Design Director @ W12 Studios

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W12 Studios are specialists in the design of digital products, from brand strategy to the product and interaction experience. Read more aboutW12 Studios on Crunchbase…

Gary Bridge

Design director @ Axminster Carpets

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Axminster Carpets has been synonymous with carpet luxury and craftsmanship for over 250 years. Read more aboutAxminster Carpets on Crunchbase…

Dilesh Lalloo

Design Director @ Discoverables

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Dil manages the design and development of the site. He brings his years of online retail design experience to bear on the site build, making it engaging so it holds on to users. He also translates the diagnostic and educational elements of the site into an attractive and clean interface. Learn more about Dilesh Lalloo on Crunchbase…

Discoverables is a website offering users an interactive and fun way to create their own personal showcase. Read more aboutDiscoverables on Crunchbase…

James White

Design Director @ Allen International

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James is an experienced member of the allen international team who has worked with clients all over the world, from Brazil all the way to Kazakhstan. James loves the challenge of delivering innovative solutions that simplify the complex and deliver tangible results. Learn more about James White on Crunchbase…

Allen International is a strategic design consultancy. Read more aboutAllen International on Crunchbase…

Alex Huntly

Design Director @ Lunar Works

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Design Director at Lunar Works. Bespoke Progressive Web App and Website Designer creating Tech For Good. Learn more about Alex Huntly on Crunchbase…

A specialist digital design & development agency based in Kent, UK. High performance websites, apps and PWAs for businesses & startups. Read more aboutLunar Works on Crunchbase…

Rick Nicholls

Design Director @ Leesman

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Leesman is engaged in delivering insights that drive better workplace strategies. Read more aboutLeesman on Crunchbase…

Olivier Demangel

Founder – Design Director @ IVR nation

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High end interactive Virtual reality experiences that have the power to changes industries. Read more aboutIVR nation on Crunchbase…

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