Collective Creativity



Kristian is a one-man multi-disciplinary team, with a deep understanding of human-computer interaction, broad interests in the learning process, and fluency in the freewheeling language of improvisation.
— Tom Kelley, Ten Faces of Innovation
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Kristian Simsarian, Founder

Kristian is an award-winning designer and leader. He is an expert in technology, education, and innovation. As an executive leader at the design innovation firm IDEO, he led the creation of the digital design practice which helped fuel the growth of IDEO into the largest design-led innovation consultancy in the world.  He has a Ph.D. in human-robot collaboration, an exploration of artificial intelligence, augmented reality and applied ethnography.  At age 25, an international committee of scientists selected Kristian as one of a dozen NATO distinguished fellows in robotics. 

He brings accumulated expertise and an incredible network of experts to your toughest innovation challenges. 

Kristian has helped create and scale quality user experiences and futures, and shaped design strategy across a variety of industries. Notably, he has helped many organizations increase quality control, create design teams and scale design for better impact with organizations in healthcare as well as global giants such as P&G, Microsoft, Pfizer, AT&T, SAP. He holds several patents and his work has been featured in business design books and periodicals including The New York Times, Business Week, Time Magazine, Huffington Post as well as BBC and MSNBC. He focused his career on developing radically new pedagogy, processes, and toolsets for increasing the capacity to humanize technology. Notably, he brought 21st-century STEaM education to design students as founding chair of two California College of the Arts Interaction Design Programs, an award-winning BFA, and an innovative Masters of Interaction Design. 

Kristian received his BS from Columbia University in architecture and computer science, his MS in robotics from the University of Virginia, studied Artificial Intelligence at University of Chicago and finished his PhD with the founders of Cooperative Design at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm with a thesis entitled Human-Robot Collaboration.


Select Clients & Affiliations

  • Business: Microsoft, SAP, Nokia, Samsung, AT&T, P&G

  • Educational: California College of the Arts, Stanford, Berkeley, U. Connecticutt, Deerfield Academy

  • Wickr (Advisor)

  • Greater Good Science Center

  • Center for Humane Technology


Why Collective Creativity?

In these divided times with increased climate instability, globalization, disruptive technologies, and the collapse of central government, I see a need for more creativity and less fight, flight or freeze. I formed Collective Creativity with a sincere belief that working together toward wise technological innovation is a key to creating a better world.
— Kristian Simsarian
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Your Future Story

You can create impact by bringing the right people together, align them around compelling purpose and social need, unlocking creativity, and removing the barriers. Collective Creativity helps organizations navigate this terrain. 


Navigating technology together

Everywhere, organizations are facing more complex challenges and more complicated technology. There is no organization on the planet that does not need to evolve because of technology. Every day, new organizations are starting up to meet these challenges by harnessing these technologies. You can see technology as a threat or an opportunity; the more powerful choice is to see technology as an opportunity. Savvy organizations are calling for more collaboration and more creativity. We can help you bring your full collective creativity to overcome your challenges and meet your mission.