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Tim Kobe

Tim Kobe

Founder, Eight Inc.

Tim Kobe is a design leader, author and founder of the globally recognized strategic and experience design firm Eight Inc.   

For almost 30 years in design and a leader in Innovation and Branded Experience, Eight Inc. has worked with companies such as Apple, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Nike, Coke, Knoll and Citibank. The firm takes on an interdisciplinary and holistic approach, working across traditional disciplines including strategy, architecture, exhibition, interior design, product, communications and branding. Many projects have received international design awards and have been published across Asia,  Europe,  and  the  United  States. Eight Inc.has studios in San Francisco, New York, Honolulu, Tokyo, London, Singapore, Dubai and across China.

Graduating  with  honors  in  Environmental  Design  from  Art  Center  College  of Design,  Pasadena  in  1982,  Kobe  is  now  a  trustee  at  his  alma  matter  and  serves  as  Chairman  of  the  Academic  Affairs  Committee.  Prior  to  founding  Eight  Inc.  in  1989,  Kobe  became  a  founding  partner  in  West  Office  Design  Associates, focusing  on  museum  and  exhibition  design  and  responsible  for  the  master planning  of  museums  and  for  several  science  museum  exhibitions  globally.He  has  also  worked  with  Herb  Rosenthal  and  Associates,  the  American Broadcasting  Company,    Murray  Gelberg  and  at  The  Burdick. 

Kobe  serves  on  the  Board  of  Directors  for  the  Grabhorn  Institute  in  San Francisco  and  is  part  of  the  The  Design  Masterplan Committee chaired by Economic Development Board in  Singapore.  He  frequently  lectures  and  works with  students  at  universities  including  Art  Center  College  of  Design,  California College  of  Arts  and  Crafts,  the  San  Francisco  Academy  of  Art, instead, National University  of  Singapore  and  Temasek  Polytechnic  School  of  Design. Kobe is a keynote speaker and speaks on topics surrounding design, innovation, technology and business  valuation  for  many  internationally  known  forums.  He has  been  featured  and  recognized  for  his  work  in  prominent  publications  like Harvard  Business  Review,  Bloomberg,  The  Economist,  Dezeen  and  Fast Company.  His  upcoming  book, Return  on  Experience, published  by  ORO  Editions  will be released February 2019.

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