CREATIVE DIRECTOR, WOLFF OLINS, NEW YORK NY
Mike Abbink is the new Creative Director in the New York office of Wolff Olins. A branding and design veteran, Abbink brings nearly two decades of experience designing identities, typefaces, packaging and websites and has previously worked with major agencies and brands including Method, Saffron and Apple. He reports directly to Todd Simmons, Executive Creative Director. Previously, at Saffron Consultants, Abbink built the creative team at the company’s new office in New York and led projects for Goldman Sachs’ wealth management team, AkzoNobel, the City of London, TATA Beverages, Apollo Tyres, and Amdocs, a leading Israeli technology business. Prior to that, Abbink was a Design Director at Wolff Olins working on clients including Citibank, New York City, Knoll, General Electric, Washington Mutual Bank, PwC, Product(RED) and Visa. Abbink was also a Design Director at Apple, where he created packaging for the first PowerBook G4, Power Mac G5, iSight Camera and OSX Panther. Additionally, he directed a major update to the company’s identity when Apple changed its typeface from the classic Garamond to Myriad. Abbink is an instructor at the University of the Arts, was a guest critic at Yale, and has taught courses at the Art Center College of Design and the Academy of Art University. He holds a BFA from the Art Center College of Design.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR, PEARLFISHER, NEW YORK NY
Pearlfisher New York names Hamish Campbell as Creative Director. He comes over from Lewis Moberly, bringing experience gained from working alongside industry greats including Michael Peters and Mary Lewis. Working across branding, packaging, retail and print design, Campbell has created design for iconic brands including Nike, Johnnie Walker, Bacardi and Ferrero. Pearlfisher Creative Partner and Founder Karen Welman adds: “We have seen some great talent over the last few months, but Hamish’s portfolio and track record of creating innovative design that really pushes boundaries made him the perfect candidate for the New York Creative Director role.”
PRESIDENT, THE DONALDSON GROUP, SIMSBURY CT
The Donaldson Group, which claims bragging rights as “Connecticut’s First Design Firm,” is celebrating its 50th year in business. Formed as Industrial Design Consultants by Bill Gamble, Bruce Bradshaw and Dick Russell, IDC was well-known for industrial design for the consumer packaged goods and manufacturing industries. The firm’s work even landed on the moon, with gloves and helmet it designed for the nation’s first space suit. During the last twenty years, the firm has been spearheaded by Jaye Donaldson, daughter of co-founder Bill Gamble. After graduating from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications, Donaldson helped transform the firm’s project-based model to one based on high-level communications strategy, including branding and packaging. Along with a team of talented designers and planners, the company has worked over the years with such notable brands as Lever Bros., The Financial Times, The Hartford, 3M, Kodak, Orvis, Spalding, Texaco, Barnes Group, Pitney Bowes and IBM.