Our clients, our partners, and our studio are a reflection of our values. Who we work with constantly continues to shape us. We have worked hard to build a team from varied backgrounds and specialties. They’re creative thinkers–fearless and boundless. They share a devotion to crisp, smart design, and an elegant and intuitive approach to problem solving. They are who we choose to spend our days with.
We respect the power of brand. We believe great design relies on rigorous preparation. Our creative strategy is always rooted in design principles. We pair that consistency with agility; a relish for new approaches. Every detail considered through the lens of experience and the realities of production.
Founder + Creative 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 + Special Project 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
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.
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
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.