DESIGNxRI presents Clambake - a monthly gathering for RI's design and entrepreneurial community. In partnership with AIGA Rhode Island, and Rally Rhode Island, we bring you two presenters from various design disciplines, with socializing, wine/beer, and food trucks.
At Aurora, on Westminster St. in Downtown Providence...
Meet This Month's Clambake Presenters
Having won pretty much all of the industry’s important awards (One Show, Communications Arts, Clio, Hatch, Effie, Jay Chiat), Brian no longer needs to use long hair to demonstrate his creativity. One of NAIL’s founding partners,Brian has helped it grow from two guys and some borrowed computers to a multi-national holding company with over 34,000 employees. OK, not quite yet, but he has led nail to 14 straight years as Rhode Island’s leading agency at the Hatch Awards for Creative Excellence. But what really drives Brian is watching the effect that great creative could have on a business – whether it was helping a small family blanket company grow into a $120 million powerhouse or by reviving a 70 year old candy brand by breaking them up. Over the 23 years of his career, Domino’s Pizza, Kool-Aid, Vibram Five Fingers, Mike & Ike, Vail Resort, Polartec and Gore-Tex are just a few of the brands lucky enough to have had his hand in their development. Brian graduated with a BS in advertising from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY.
Justin Sirotin has spent his 16 year Industrial Design career developing successful products for multinational brands and start-ups alike. In working with clients as diverse as Focal Upright Furniture, Johnson and Johnson, Titleist, and Hexagon Metrology, Justin has developed a unique perspective on the complete process for developing products in a wide array of product categories. This background led him to start OCTO Product Development, a unique product development firm capable of delivering highly individualized design and engineering services to companies of all sizes. In 2007 Justin founded Mars Made, a modern game table furniture company designing and manufacturing built-to-order pool tables, foosball tables and other classic games in Pawtucket, RI. In addition, Justin has been an adjunct faculty member at RISD since 2008 where he leverages his experiences to teach the Manufacturing Techniques course in the Industrial Design Department.
Prior to forming OCTO and Mars Made, Justin worked as the General Manager for Item New Product Development (now Ximedica), a product development and manufacturing firm in Providence, RI. Justin holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.