Sure, we could just put on this page a bunch of obligatory logos for folks that we’ve worked with, like Philips Oral Healthcare, frog design, MailChimp, MetaLab Design, Lazaridis Institute, and Futuredraft… But we thought it would be better if you heard from a few of our clients, in their own words, what it's like to work with us.
Tipping Point Community
“Mary and David have been invaluable partners and advisors over the past year as I’ve been building my new R+D team.
Their experience in developing products and services in addition to leading teams makes them well suited to advise in both the strategy and implementation of my team. They never shy away from rolling up their sleeves and getting in the weeds with me on everything from developing a team structure and participating in recruiting to operationalizing our processes from project pipeline to project completion. Throughout this partnership they have also been a sounding board as I define what success in a leadership position looks like. Their external perspective on key issues has been an critical input to my decision making along the way.
I have deep gratitude for Mary and David's contribution to my organization and I would recommend working with them any time.”
—Stephanie Lewis, Director of T Lab, Tipping Point
“David and Mary have been fantastic partners in helping support Designlab's growth over time.
They bring a unique mix of academic depth and real-world operational experience to their projects, along with a deep network and an understanding of where the design world is headed. This blend serves them well in applying multiple perspectives to thoroughly analyze complex systems and solve for business goals with extreme clarity.
Their insights have been critical in informing how we approach product and curriculum strategy, and they're now our go-to resource when thinking through challenging problems. Highly recommend working with David and Mary if you get a chance!”
—Harish Venkatesan, CEO and Co-Founder, Designlab
“We brought David and Mary in to help us define our Gap Year curriculum, and they were instrumental in helping us develop a plan we could begin to execute on.
Though we started without a clear objective or agenda, David and Mary were able to take very half baked ideas and coalesce them into a clear roadmap and priorities for our team to run with, in a very short time frame. The combination of David's design thinking approach to problem-solving and Mary's education and curriculum expertise allows them to tackle any education-related problem. In one short session together, they mapped out a new model and next steps for our team; something we had been spinning on for a while.
We are excited to continue working with them as we dig deeper into our curriculum development and start to look at how we can integrate this new program into our company culture.”
—Bridget McDonough, Chief Experience Officer, UnCollege
Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design
“David and Mary have been coming to CIID to impart their knowledge on our Interaction Design Programme and Summer School for the past 5 years. They are very established in their own individual fields and by compounding their expertise as a duo, they act as a unique catalyst in the studio.
Highly professional and engaging in their approach, they genuinely know how to enable creative people to use and advance their skills and motivation in a productive and meaningful way.
Their ability to teach, communicate and impart knowledge inspires people to push themselves further than they imagined possible.”
—Alie Rose, Co-Founder and Head of Education, CIID
“Their class totally changed my mind about teamwork."
"These team survival/team nourishment skills will stay with me for life. I learned skills regarding team behaviors I never thought I could actually have formal command over… I'm confident that these skills will help me build better products and team relationships in the future.”
“David and Mary projected a fantastic energy and I genuinely gained soooooooo much from their stories, experiences, insights and humour.”
“In a utopian vision, I'd want every designer to become a master of the skills that come out of this course for their and others' sakes… 90% of the problems they mention are about team dynamics. I feel that most design studios could use some of the Sherwin magic.”
—Graduate students at CIID after our Teambuilding class