The Best CEO-Designer Duos, Part I Of II

This year, Co.Design singled out 25 dynamic partnerships shaping today’s most innovative companies, from Nike and Starbucks to Jawbone and Twitter. Here’s half of them.

Every year, Co.Design identifies some of the best and brightest talents working in the design field. This year, we took a slightly different approach, highlighting not just individuals but the unique CEO-designer partnerships that are shaping today’s most innovative companies.


Fast Company‘s intimate interviews with the duos reveal the idiosyncrasies of their working relationships. From Starbucks heads’ confessions of brotherly love to J. Crew’s reliance on a healthy amount of creative tension, their words offer insights for those who understand that good design is simply good business.

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Carey Dunne is a Brooklyn-based writer covering art and design. Follow her on Twitter.