Kevin Cannon

Kevin Cannon

Design Director in Berlin

About

A seasoned design leader with a focus on building & guiding multi-disciplinary teams who love to work on tricky problems at the intersection of design & technology.

Over 20 years experience, working in a mixed background working in agencies working on product design & strategy, to start-ups rethinking things from the ground up.

Work Experience

2019 — 2024
Berlin

Led product design for various teams who focus on the core editor experience as well as our AI features. Our task is a fascinating challenge balancing the need for feature parity with significant differentiators.

  • Delivered many of the products most differentiating features.

  • Led the AI work from a product perspective, and delivering a major feature, an AI presentation generator that significantly better than our competitors.

  • Led a world-class product design team of 8, including a Design Manager and Design Engineer.

  • Had extremely high staff retention amongst my direct and indirect reports.

2010 — 2018
Munich

Spent many wonderful years working with these lovely bunch of passionate creators, makers and eccentrics.

Some highlights:

  • Creative lead for many large client projects.
  • Partnered with Ikea to help them launch their first ever Smart Home product to success.
  • Represented Frog at many conferences worldwide (India, South Africa, Poland, Croatia, Ireland, France, Germany)
  • Managed our intern program for a number of years, which was a key funnel for successful FT hires.
  • Organised the company Ski Trip for a few years.

Over my time there I started as a mid-level Interaction Designer, and end up as Principal Designer, where I led teams, mentored colleagues, pitched work and represented Frog at conferences around the world.

2015 — 2018
Copenhagen, Denmark

Taught a few courses, the most interesting of which was "Artefacts from the Future" a week-long crash-course in futurecasting and speculative design.

2000 — 2010
Designer at Various
Dublin

I've worked in many different jobs up previously. Here is just a small summary.

🇸🇪 Spent a few months doing mobile UI design at Ustwo in Malmö, Sweden
🖥 Worked in a few small web design agencies in Dublin
🤩 Built interactive installations for events
⚡️ Built eLearning games as a Flash Programmer
🍔 Spent a summer working in Burger King

Projects

2018

Spent about 3 years working closely with Ikea while at Frog Design designing, implementing and launching Ikea's first smart home product.

It was an amazing & humbling experience to work with a company like Ikea who truly value design, and were learning how to integrate technology into their culture.

My role initially entailed working figuring out the interaction between hardware and software, and at the end was a leading the project and liaising with key stakeholders, clients and partners right through to post-launch and handover.

Side Projects

2024

A web app for making beautiful animated background for apps, videos or presentations.

I’ve been excited about with things like shaders, threejs, and SVG animation for a few years, but we've always found it tricky to adjust them to your actual brand or use case. With this, you can easily create an animation for your own project.

Try it out and let me know what you think!

2000 — 2004

Speaking

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