Dowling | Duncan
Rob’s distinguished career has seen him work with leading design companies on both sides of the Atlantic. He began his career at Mytton Williams in Bath, working on projects for Clarks Shoes, Arthur Anderson and Footprint Handbooks. In 2000 Rob joined Pentagram’s London office, where he worked with clients such as Egon Zehnder International, One&Only Resorts and The Waterways Trust. Taking full advantage of their international profile, he joined Pentagram’s San Francisco office in 2003. As senior designer he worked with a range of clients including Microsoft, San Francisco Opera and the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts). In 2007 he joined Apple as an Art Director on their events and retail team, working on large graphics for events and promotional campaigns.
In 2008 he established his own studio, Rob Duncan Design. Based in San Francisco, he has built an impressive portfolio of work, with a range of projects for clients including Gap, Piperlime and Globrix. Rob joined forces with John Dowling in 2010 and runs the San Francisco office of Dowling Duncan.
Rob’s work has been widely published in design press and books. He has also received awards from D&AD, the Scottish Design Awards, the Art Directors Club of New York, AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), Graphis (including several Gold prizes), Communications Arts, and received a prestigious gold medal from the New York Festivals Award.
Karin Hibma has a first hand understanding of the power of design and visual thinking in our economy and culture and works to see the world through the eyes of the customer. In June of 2009, she and partner Michael Cronan were named two of Fast Company’s list of 100 Most Creative People in Business.
A strategic partner in : : CRONAN : : since its founding in 1980, Hibma has concentrated on incorporating smart design processes and finding “the big idea” inherent in every client’s projects. She knows how to clarify problems and see opportunities.
Hibma focuses on naming and strategic brand identities, deep thinking for and with clients, managing client relationships, consulting with IDE and D-Rev, both international organizations concentrating on ending rural poverty, and serves on the advisory council of the International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA).
Born in Minnesota into an Air Force family, Hibma traveled extensively, lived and worked in Germany and France before completing her BA in Fine Art at California State University Sacramento where she became a freelance design researcher for Communications Design studio. In 1974 she founded a creative research company, Design Resource, to work with artists, photographers and filmmakers on advertising, illustration, commercial and documentary projects.
Hibma was commissioned in 1978 by The Burdick Group to research and write Creativity::The Human Resource, a major traveling exhibition funded by Chevron, examining the creative process of contemporary Americans who had made major contributions in the arts and sciences, to document their creative insights and define their creative process. Hibma worked closely with and profiled artists John Cage, Judy Chicago, Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns, Lawrence Halprin and scientists Margaret Mead, Linus Pauling, and Jonas Salk for interactive, enlightening and innovative exhibit presentations.
Hibma also founded and is the president of Cronan Artefact, a product development, manufacturing and marketing company. Incorporated in 1991 to market the Walking Man line of apparel designed by Michael Cronan and Hibma, they won International Design Magazine's 1992 Consumer Product Gold Award and 1993 Honorable Mention presented at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York.
Jason founded Office in 2003 to infuse the art and craft of design with the strategy and storytelling of advertising. Since then, he’s led differentiated solutions for some of the world’s most iconic companies, including Coca-Cola, Apple, Target, Disney, eBay, and adidas Golf. Jason’s work has been recognized by nearly every major graphic design competition and publication, and has appeared in several books and museum exhibitions.
In 2007, Fast Company magazine featured him as one of 14 “designers to watch” in its Masters of Design issue. Jason has been a speaker and judge for global design organizations, and a Directed Study Advisor at the San Francisco Academy of Art University. He grew up in Green Mountain, Iowa (where there’s no actual mountain), and today lives in the foggy part of San Francisco with his wife (and Office President) Jill Robertson, their twin boys, and dog Elvis.