BRAND DRIVEN DESIGN
Based in San Francisco, California, Box Clever is an award-winning design, branding, and product innovation agency. The Box Clever team works with large and small companies alike on a wide range of projects including brand experiences, technology, furniture, lighting and more.
WHY BOX CLEVER?
In the sport of boxing, to “Box Clever” means to rely on wit as much as brawn. We specialize in envisioning, designing and bringing big innovative concepts into reality while staying small, nimble and strategic. This streamlined approach to product and experience design allows us to launch successful designs, fast and in scope.
FOUNDER + DESIGN DIRECTOR
An expert in bringing designs from concept to market, Bret is committed to watertight execution, to shepherding a creative vision to its most brilliant realization. To do this, he balances technological skill with real-world experience of industrial design, fabrication, and integrated branding. Bret has applied his expertise to the launches of several high-profile products and initiatives, including Jawbone, One Laptop Per Child, and the Sayl chair for Herman Miller. Prior to launching Box Clever, Bret was a design director at fuseproject. Bret has worked with clients ranging from consumer goods giants to government agencies, among them Tiffany & Co., Johnson & Johnson, and the New York City Department of Health. His work is part of the permanent collections of MOMA, SFMOMA, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Centre Pompidou.
CLIENT SERVICES DIRECTOR & OPERATIONS MANAGER
Vicci has worked alongside Box Clever's founder since 2012. With a natural versatility and focus on optimizing efficiency through all facets of the business operations, her ability to streamline process enables the smooth running of client programs, the studio and team. Her international perspective and career-long experience working within creative consultancies, such as design studio Turner Duckworth, provides a keen ability to recognize client opportunities, devise solutions and facilitate the creative process.
STUDIO & PROGRAM MANAGER
With previous work experience including Fuseproject and Google, Robert brings Box Clever a wealth of experience in studio operations and a sharp sensibility for program management. Motivated by the success of his team he is continually searching for ways to improve the studio environment and streamline workflows to maximize efficiency. Having studied Psychology with an emphasis on Industrial Psych, Robert's thoughtfulness can be felt in everything he touches.
SENIOR INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER
A graduate of CCA's industrial design program, Charlie has earned honors including a BFA with high distinction, the IDSA Western District Student Merit Award and a Michael Vanderbyl Design Scholarship. He also holds a degree in Architecture and is LEED (US Green Building Council)-accredited.
SENIOR INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER
Coming from a family of artists, designers and makers, Merric has a background imbued in creativity. Drawn to the reward and satisfaction of producing objects that are both functional and beautiful, he has been working as an Industrial Designer since 2008 and graduated from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, in 2014 with a Bachelor of Industrial Design, Honors. Merric has spent time working with the Ford Motor Company of Australia and has extensive experience with furniture design and production. He has garnered multiple awards, including the DIA Graduate of the Year Shortlist 2014, VACC Automotive design awards - Overall Winner 2014, MADA Now “Best Automotive Design” 2013 and the AGIdeas NewStar Shortlist 2012.
Ahyoung graduated in 2011 from Hongik University, Korea, with a Bachelor in Design and Arts, Product Design. With experience in a range of fields from industrial design, to production development and graphic design, Ahyoung joins us having worked on multiple programs with clients such as Samsung Electronics, and having won recognition for her work on Samsung's Earphone Packaging series from Good Design Korea, 2013. Inspired by travel, her practice brings a welcome international perspective to the Box Clever studio.
JUNIOR INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER
Benjamin brings a diversity of experience to the team having had a previous life as an Audi and Volkswagen Mechanic, where he was ASE certified. Holding a BA in Design from the University of Illinois Chicago, Ben enjoys the opportunity and ability to create objects and experiences that create narratives in people lives.
SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Jay brings expertise and creative energy to all brand and graphic design applications. With extensive experience developing assets for branding, print and digital activations, his keen understanding of strategy and process allows him to oversee programs of all scales, from ideation, through concept to final delivery.
SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Jack studied graphic design at CalPoly San Luis Obispo and has been working with San Francisco’s top creative companies for over six years. With strengths in branding, illustration and typography, he works as part of the creative team in creating and developing full brand identity systems that can live and extend across all key touch points.