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Clive Grinyer


  • Professor Clive Grinyer is the Head of Programme for Service Design, where he leads the development of this pioneering programme developing service transformations for business and the public sector.

  • Biography

  • Clive has led award-winning design teams developing services and customer experiences for companies around the globe. He started in design consultancy Ideo in London and San Francisco before co-founding design company Tangerine with Martin Darbyshire and future Apple design chief and RCA Chancellor Jony Ive. He went onto build and lead design teams for Orange, Samsung and Cisco and was Director of Service Design at Barclays, where he pioneered service design to transform financial services.

    As Director for Design at the Design Council, he created the Design Demand programme taking design into over a thousand UK companies and as a consultant has worked with the Cabinet Office Policy Lab and at Nesta. He has been a visiting lecturer at the RCA since 2017. 

    In 2018 Clive was named in Creative Review's Top 50 as 'a passionate advocate for the transformational potential of design for some three decades. Today’s focus on the value of digital product design and on design’s value in leading customer experience in the UK is, in large part, due to his work.'

    Clive is an acknowledged expert in service design, design thinking, digital and technology innovation, speaks at national and international conferences, write articles and blogs and has published Smart Design, a book on design and technology. He was a trustee of the Royal Society of Arts and is Chair of the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards.

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