Alex Kiersnowski is a senior product designer, consultant and futurist from London, UK. These days you'll find him sipping a Glühwein in the edgy capital of creativity - Berlin, Germany.
A product, physical or digital, is an item or service used by people or businesses. I create digital products. It started when I dropped out of university at 19 to pursue a career as one of those ‘mad men’ advertising creatives. Many pints, office parties and mentorships later, I developed a talent for digital. I went from designing banner adverts to websites to entire products. Design has taken me all over the world, from London pubs to North America trying to convince me it’s called ‘soccer’ and across Europe's diverse cultures. Now, I’m a senior product designer, consultant, change advocate, mentor and team lead.
Having learned the value design brings to businesses and society, I help further them by creating products through an end to end process from strategy to implementation. When done right, design unifies the complex and interdependent nature that brands, societies and the world face with a no-nonsense approach to challenge the status quo, disrupt industries and bring genuine systematic change. As a futurist, my pledge is to make sustainable changes so desirable they become the norm.
Designing the future
The world is fucked, apparently. The news certainly likes to remind us it is. We can, however, hold onto a little more optimism. The changes the world needs are happening now. Government initiatives, nonprofit organisations and sustainably focused brands are working to close the gap between humans and technology that can radically improve the lives of both consumers and that of the planet. Supporting this can help bring about these changes, and perhaps, the world might not be so fucked after all.
* 2.5% of all proceeds will be donated and a discounted rate of 10% will apply to government initiatives, nonprofit organisations and sustainable brands.