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Matt Judge, North American Regional President

Matt Judge

North American Regional President, Eight Inc.

Matt Judge is designer who thrives at the intersection between business and design, inspired equally by creative polymaths such as Dieter Rams, Le Corbusier, the Eames’ and Vignelli’s, and business/thought leaders like Simon Sinek, Howard Schultz, Angela Ahrendts and Hans Rosling.

Throughout Matt’s 14-year design experience, his career has given him the opportunity to work across continents, categories and disciplines, delivering award winning work and experiencing both the client and agency side of the table in the process. He has worked with a number of respected brands and communications agencies, large and small, including Apple, Westfield, Sony, Burberry, Hewlett Packard and Rankin. At Apple, Matt worked in both the retail and product team, delivering Apple’s creative strategy and launching projects such as iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air.

Matt is also the founder of Design Assembly, an online design forum gathering an audience of over 80,000 unique visitors each month to critically discuss design and its impact in the world. Sales from its published compendium, ‘DA3’, have raised over £14k for cancer charities worldwide. In 2013, The Creative Circle recognized the publication, which Matt wrote, edited and designed with a prestigious 'Gold’ award for creative excellence.

In 2010, Matt joined Eight Inc. and was part of the leadership team to shape an inter-disciplinary company approach to create the emerging field of Experience Design. In addition, Matt led teams of strategic designers and business creatives to deliver holistic, human-centric experiences, spanning the digital and physical realms. As sole Regional Principal of Eight Inc.’s EMEA operations, Matt led the growth of the London studio from 4 people in 2013 to a sustainable 30 individuals in 2016. His current clients include Jaguar Land Rover, Barclays (Wealth and Retail), Akbank, His Royal Highness Sheik Hamden and include leading an award winning fin-tech innovation program for Citi Private Bank.

His interests include brand, marketing and communication design, sociology and anthropology, Innovation and service design, culture creation and organizational design, change management, social activism, and genomics and healthcare innovation.

To help inspire and define the design community, Matt has been invited to events globally as a keynote speaker, which includes Harvard Business Review, Index Conference, Citi Mobile Challenge, Imperial College, Crystal Apple Creative Festival, and MasterCard StartPath. Matt is now the Chief Communications Officer and Executive Principal and based in the Eight Inc. San Francisco office.