Every company needs great Design, Innovation and Creative leaders. We can help.
We specialize in design, UX and innovation creative leadership, and understand the unique nature of the positions from hands on industry experience. Starting with our expansive global network and unique IP, we engage sophisticated research and assessment methods to deliver perfect-fit candidates for our clients.
Strategic creative recruiting
The bottom line: If you want your company to be more innovative, then you need to invest in the right people; we help our clients find the best creative talent. Whether it is hiring chief innovation officers, creative directors, design directors, account managers, brand and packaging experts, new product development leaders, or the heads of user experience and UX, our know-how is first hand.
Drawing on our personal connections and business relationships, our network is second to none, and our IP is unique. Although our clients are generally domestic headquarters, our network spans the world.
Deep category knowledge
In former roles Lockwood has led internal design organizations, external design agencies, and the international non-profit association DMI, the Design Management Institute. We understand the people, the work, and the unique challenges first hand, by direct experience.
We bring insight, innovation, and objectivity to the table, and without baggage. Because we keep our client list very small, we have a wide open talent pool to draw upon for our clients. Running design and innovation departments ourselves enables our unique combination of authenticity and empathy.
Although we are inspired to help everyone find meaningful creative work, as a retained firm we represent our clients who are looking for talent, not individuals who are looking for jobs.
We consider our work Inspired Recruiting, and limit the number of searches we conduct to ensure that our clients receive the attention and the results they deserve. We personally manage and execute every search, and working on a retained basis ensures that appropriate resources are committed to each project.
“Working with Tom is a pleasure. His professionalism, understanding of design and personal skills are second to none; but perhaps it is his design management sensibility and peer network that sets him apart from other creative recruiters. He is an insightful advisor that is selflessly not only looking out for his clients but for his candidates as well. As a creative recruiter, Tom does not just fill positions but he designs meaningful solutions.”
Creative Director, Major Experience Agency, New York city, NY
“I hired Tom to help me with a challenging search to find a seasoned client relationship role. Tom started the search by visiting our firm and getting to know the people, the studio culture and learning more about the details of the search. His attention and care in preparing for the search is not something I have experienced before. Tom’s personal interest in design, his infinite connections within the industry, and his relentless effort to find great candidates made him a pleasure to work with. I would hire Tom again.”
Managing Director, Design firm, Seattle, WA
“Tom is a friendly, charismatic, and approachable person. I know first-hand that Tom is well known among his peers as a thought leader with an agenda to help everyone. He exhibits a strong ethical profile that I admire.”
Founder & CEO, Design and Innovation firm, Boston, MA
“I am watching Tom help lead companies to develop their design and innovation talent resources, and would strongly recommend him for this. His calm, objective, practical demeanor combined with his deep content knowledge and broad network makes him a perfect fit for organizations who need to engineer change.”
Founder & CEO, Innovation consultancy, Seattle, WA
“Having known and worked with Tom over several years, he continues to impress with his depth of knowledge and application in design management and design thought leadership. He is amazingly networked across the globe with designers, institutions and corporations who value the role of design as a strategic business tool. An accomplished designer himself, Tom leverages his experience to bring tremendous insight and authority to design discussions.”
Sr. Manager, Brand Innovation and Design Thinking, Minneapolis, MN
“I was an admirer of Tom’s work in both Design Thinking thought leadership and running the Design Management Institute. Easily the finest, most thoughtful and trustworthy executive placement professional I’ve ever worked with”.
UX Director candidate, Seattle, WA
“You must be the only person in the world that knows everyone in design”
Service Design Firm Principal, Washington DC Area
“Tom has the best views of the design management field of anyone I know. Not only that, he can think in ways that bring fresh solutions to old problems. If you’re facing a tough organizational design problem, he’s a good guy to lead you out. And if you just need a friendly sounding board, Tom can be that, too.”
Director of Strategy, Brand Agency, Los Angeles, CA
“Tom Lockwood possesses an unmatched set of skills which are very unique and perfectly suited in design and innovation recruiting. His network is unsurpassed, has deep category knowledge, and is a great person to work with. A former corporate design director and president of DMI, he is one of the few people I know that really understands the design and innovation leadership space from concept to execution. A a very inspiring and thoughtful person to work with.”
SVP, Chief Design and Technology Officer, Michigan
“I recently had the good fortune of working with Tom as a candidate for a Director-level job at a major international design agency. Tom is unique among executive recruiters in that he truly understands what the concept of “good fit” means in relation to the professional design community. Simply put, Tom understands both the client and the candidate journey, and I will gladly work with him again in the future.”
UX Design Director, Portland, OR
“My team had the pleasure of working with Tom to fill a critical VP Creative leadership role on our agency team. He came highly recommended by trusted industry colleagues, and his results did not disappoint. His personal attention and desire to understand our exact needs were appreciated – and most importantly, we were very satisfied with the caliber of candidates he delivered. I would not hesitate to collaborate with Tom again.”
Senior VP, Strategy + Planning, Boston, MA