Brian Collins On Why He Teaches

“The best designers are always rehearsing the future in some way; first they must seek and uncover some unseen truth or opportunity, then actualize it in some tangible way.”

CCO Brian Collins shares how he encourages students to channel their unique creative strengths into new concepts and possibilities that can benefit the world around them in the School of Visual Arts’ MFA Design blog.

COLLINS in Cairo

For the second year in a row, we were invited to speak at the RiseUp Summit, the international tech/startup/design conference based in Cairo, Egypt.

COLLINS Senior Designer Leo Porto spoke to a global crowd, leading an inspiring conversation on cultural identity and his experience creating Bonde, the first-ever conference dedicated to Brazilian design, happily co-sponsored by us

COLLINS High School Design Internship Program

The COLLINS High School Design Internship Program went into full gear this year, led by Yocasta Lachapelle. Isis Joseph and Kaye Torres are currently New York City high school students. Nicole Cousins and Cyra Cupid were high school interns with us last year and returned again after their first year at The Rhode Island School of Design. This week we begin interviewing candidates for 2019.

You're Invited.

“Design is not about what we do. Design is about what we encourage and enable others to do… it’s about building tools, environments and communications that help other people make meaningful things possible.”

San Francisco Managing Partner Karin Soukup and CCO Brian Collins discuss the importance of secret superpowers at COLLINS and more in Tobias van Schneider’s ‘How to Get a Job at X’ series.


Design is a powerful tool to create civic change, but voting is another way we can help create the future we want to live in.

Exercise your vote today.


COLLINS once again helped design the science and technology conference, PopTech2018.

The opening film and subsequent talk by Brian Collins from 2017 sparked a conversation this year around imagination and creative tension. And the film lives on as one of the most downloaded videos of the conference.

View the film here.

Redefining Urbanism

Monocle highlights our work for the East Cut neighborhood in San Francisco, uniting the Rincon Hill, Folsom, and Transbay areas that were once overlooked due to the 1869 Second Street Cut development project.

The new name and identity for the East Cut reflects the vibrant community’s past and future.

The Chimp Grows Up

Fast Company notes, “while other software giants are simplifying their branding, Mailchimp is keeping it quirky.”

Our creative identity prepares this joyful brand for a pioneering future while retaining its playful, unconventional disposition.

And of course we kept Freddie. He just got a haircut.

Adobe in Atlanta

Brian will be taking the stage this week with Chobani Chief Creative Officer Leland Maschmeyer in Atlanta as their first stop in Adobe’s Creative Leaders Program series. They’ll be discussing how design helps companies create new futures and sharing a framework for making that actionable.

vitaminwater Brand Book Honored

This week our work with vitaminwater on their brand book took home a win at the Design Week Awards in London.

Design = Experience

Adobe was curious about what we thought about design as the heart of customer experience. We were joined by leaders from IBM, R/GA and Chobani to talk about the future of CX at their awesome Digital Summit.

Karin Soukup named as Managing Partner of COLLINS SF

As noted by The Drum, Karin Soukup is stepping into a leadership role in our San Francisco office. We’re looking forward to continued excellence from our team in the city by the bay.

Listening, and being heard

We sat down with the creative leadership coaches from SWIM for two workshops. First we learned about the impact that effective listening can have on relationships, and brushed up on some fundamental listening skills. Then we hosted a session just for COLLINS ladies to work on ways to get more comfortable claiming visibility across a range of professional contexts.

The Female Voice

Sometimes finding and strengthening your professional voice is a literal undertaking. Deeply proud to partner with Ladies Get Paid to host a workshop with Bespoken Partners’ Jackie Miller. Inspiration we won’t forget.