Design Talent Lifecycle in a Post-Studio World
Exec. Creative Director, Frog Design
Even before Covid, more designers and teams practiced some form of distributed collaboration. As design has scaled, gone global and is becoming increasingly inclusive, the discipline is entering a “post studio” world. Like the primordial fish that evolved to live on land, the designers and organizations that continue to put their talent first and adapt to the distinct challenges and opportunities across the remote design talent lifecycle (recruiting, talent progression, skill building, advancement, mentorship, diversity, inclusion, boomerangs, alumni networks etc) will have distinct advantages in the future where the studio model is less dominant.
Sean Rhodes is a strategic leader with the passionate belief in the power of design, technology and business to shape the world we want to live in. His focus has been building world-class teams and creating environments for multi-disciplinary collaboration, unlocking creativity and that leads to market moving execution. With over 20+ years of experience in software product and service design and delivery to market, he has had the opportunity to participate and lead in a time of incredible evolution of design as a discipline. He is drawn to working with organizations that share the vision of leveraging customer-centric design practices for transformative effect. The relationships with leaders that share the passion to explore and build in this complex, networked and dynamic world, to create value for all, is what motivates him.Sean earned his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BFA from Purchase College and Rhode Island School of Design