About Jan Chipchase


Jan is a designer, writer, photographer, and award-winning researcher.

He is the founder of Studio D Radiodurans, a research, design, and strategy consultancy specialising in clients with a global outlook. Over the course of his career, he has advised numerous Fortune 500 companies, governments, and global organisations. His pioneering research has influenced the design of products and services bought and used by hundreds of millions of people.

Previously, he spent four years heading up the global insights practice at frog, a design and innovation consultancy, creating a process and culture conducive to curiosity and discovery. He also worked for ten years with Nokia, starting as concept designer and ending as principal scientist in the Tokyo research lab, specialising in entry products for the then-called emerging markets. He has submitted over 26 patents in the telecoms and user-experience space.

Jan has lectured at Stanford, MIT, Birkbeck, Tokyo University, National Institute of Design, and many of the world’s preeminent educational establishments (and a few high schools too). His pioneering research and designs are widely covered in the media, including the New York TimesThe EconomistDie ZeitNikkeiThe Telegraph and The Guardian. He is a frequent speaker at events ranging from governmental and C-level through to TED and WEF. Fortune named Jan one of the 50 smartest people in tech, which is a good enough reason to never trust those lists.

He was born in London and over the span of thirty years has called Berlin, Brighton, Bristol, Los Angeles, Shanghai, San Francisco, and Tokyo home. He lives with his wife and daughter, and spends up to half of each year on the road, in the skies and out on the mountain trails.