As the O’Reilly Design Conference explores design for the future, a key challenge includes the integration and application of design as a driver of future business and customer value. Eric Quint, 3M’s chief design officer, addresses the integral role design plays in the synthesis of multiple functions in order to advance innovation, branding, and business objectives for global enterprise.
Across businesses, communities, and technologies, one aspect remains constant in our connected world: change is ever-present. We know design can deliver competitive advantage, but how can we harness collaborative creativity to take this one step further, driving value, stimulating growth, and igniting change? Eric’s talk answers this question while underscoring the design imperative to inspire leadership and transform customer experience with an eye on the future.
Eric Quint joined 3M as chief design officer in 2013, following a distinguished career at Royal Philips of the Netherlands, where he most recently led the Global Design Management and Consulting practice as vice president of Philips Design. As chief design officer, Eric oversees 3M’s global design organization, representing a vital competitive platform to enhance innovation and commercialization across 3M’s broad and diverse product portfolio. His role also encompasses the application of collaborative creativity as an engagement model for academia, business, and governmental organizations to incite change, propel innovation, and create value.
During his more than 20-year tenure at Philips, Eric held several senior-level positions in design, directing award-winning global teams across both business-to-business and business-to-consumer industries to drive strategic partnerships, alliances, and brand-licensing activities forward. His leadership has yielded numerous international design awards across Europe, Asia, and the United States, including individual design awards. In addition, Eric is named inventor on a number of US patents related to breakthrough innovations in the personal skin care category of industrial design.
Eric studied industrial design at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands and holds a degree in mechanical and industrial engineering. He is a speaker and lecturer at international events for design, business, and academia on a variety of topics related to design thinking, innovation, branding, and design management.
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