is a creative family with homes in both London and New York. We’re a diverse group of talented misfits, working together to make our Mothers proud.
Alice lived, studied and worked in Milan before taking the UK by storm in 2012.
Since arriving in London, her career has ranged from small independent studios like Ideas Factory, Otherway and Neighbour, to large integrated agencies such as Exposure.
She joined the Mother Design family in 2015 and her role sees her create work across a breadth of projects including brand creation, identity, packaging and art direction.
Alice will be happy to discuss any of the following four conversation topics for hours: Food, Scott Pilgrim, dogs and food.
Working closely with Christian, Cat focuses on ensuring Mother Design’s impeccable delivery at every stage of the project cycle, as well as maintaining an open, friendly and collaborative studio environment.
A born and bred Londoner, Cat has over 10 years of experience in branding and design. She has worked at an array of respected design consultancies across London, with clients such as Apple, Nike, Bacardi, Design Council, Adidas, and Save The Children.
Cat has ultimate responsibility for the smooth running of all London projects and she believes a balance of empathy and action builds bridges between creatives and clients, producing more rewarding, effective work.
Cat is a keen runner, which helps balance out her other love – food! She is known as ‘Cat Can’t Cook(e) due to her penchant for seeking out the latest restaurants in her hometown.
After five years helping to build our New York group, Christian crossed the pond to build our London office. He oversees the creative output on all our clients and his breadth of experience ensures that Mother Design’s work is rich, varied and culturally impactful.
Christian champions a holistic design approach that uses design thinking to help brands define their DNA and inspire a consistent and coherent design philosophy that influences everything from strategy to product development to branding and advertising in the online and offline worlds.
During his time at Mother Design he has led a host of projects for ambitious brands, from global giants such as Nike, Target, Google and Coca-Cola, to cultural icons such as Zaha Hadid, New York Fashion Week and The Design Museum.
Given half a chance, Christian will engage in vigorous debate on any number of topics, ranging from the artistic merit of comic books to the merging of man and technology. He also loves to dance.
As an executive assistant at Mother Design, Claude has become all things to all people, so that by all possible means he might save some; this includes Michael Ian Kaye, to whom he provides all logistical oversight and support.
His experience as an animator (Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network), alternative cartoonist*, events coordinator, and party reporter provides him the necessary experience to work with the eccentric characters and big dreamers of Mother Design.
*Voted one of Fleshbot’s Top Toon Pornographers of 2013.
Partnering with Michael Ian Kaye, Danielle looks after Mother Design as Managing Director of the New York studio.
At work she prides herself on creating the space for creativity to happen whilst pushing teams to deliver the most impactful work.
Danielle’s background is in brand consulting where she’s led and managed multi-disciplinary teams across a range of projects and industries for the past 7 years. She’s partnered with clients such as Google, Spotify, eBay, Nokia, Target, and several law firms on large brand transformation, innovation and cultural change projects.
Whether in life or at the office, Danielle approaches any problem with an empathetic, strategic and creative touch. A few of her favorite things are animals, thunderstorms and a good quote….
“A lot of people have taste, they’re not daring enough to be creative.” – Bill Cunningham
George has been a part of the ever-growing Mother Design team since 2013. Starting out at Mother London, before making the move to New York in 2017, his role focuses on concept driven design and art direction across a range of disciplines, including branding & identity, packaging, environmental, digital and motion design.
During his time at Mother, George has played a key part in pushing brands to communicate effectively and courageously to enhance their cultural relevance. Such clients include; Nike, New York Fashion Week, Plenish, Barbican, Save the Children and Design Museum.
His other past times include getting lost amongst the mountains and endlessly thinking of puns.
Jason works in concert with ECD Michael Ian Kaye to lead Mother Design and ensure a high caliber of strategically-driven creative output in the New York studio.
He believes that good design is the result of solving good problems. Great design is the result of doing it in unexpected and beautiful ways.
Jason joined Mother in 2012, and over the past 15 years has worked with a breadth of influential agencies, studios and artists to create thoughtful and distinctive work for some of the world’s most admired brands and organizations including AIGA, American Express, CB2, General Mills, Microsoft, Nike and Neenah Paper.
He lives in Chelsea with his wife and two daughters, where he spends most weekends dividing his time between the galleries and playgrounds.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Jess exchanged her freelance life to join the Mother Design family full time. With a background in branding, she has helped launch successful companies from scratch, including Casper and Ritual.
Jess has had the good fortune of collaborating with studios such as Red Antler and Studio Lin, working fluidly across print, digital, packaging, campaign direction, and art direction. Crucial to her approach in design is an attention to language and a desire to make connections in disparate places.
Additionally, she spends way too long drafting emails and is a devout practitioner of listening to a single track on repeat, which neither her wife nor dog appreciates.
A graphic designer at heart, Matt pushes the design efforts at Mother New York as Design Director.
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Matt is a recent transplant to New York. Before Mother, Matt worked at Interbrand NY and created distinctive work for renowned brands such as GE, Avis, Disney and Yellow Pages.
With attention and regard to typography, Matt brings an honest and direct approach to design and visual communication. In 2015, he was listed in Adweek’s Creative Top 100. His work has made numerous accolades, appeared in publications, and is part of the Stedelijk Museum Collection in Amsterdam.
When he’s not at Mother, Matt hangs out with his cat Foxy.
Michael Ian Kaye is a graphic designer, teacher, creative director, business leader and founder of Mother Design. His work has received every major design award, appeared in numerous publications and is part of the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.
As founder, Michael pushes his keen awareness of design’s role in the broader communication and marketing landscape as both foundation and catalyst for moving brands forward. As a designer, he is driven by bold ideas and meticulous craft. As a creative director he provides clear direction, ambitious vision and cultural insight that drives teams and processes. As a leader he brings together the best thinkers, makers and doers with a common creative vision that positively impacts the brands and businesses it serves.
Michael’s clients have included Target, Tanqueray, Stella Artois, CB2, The New York Times, Kate Spade, Brooks Brothers, Gagosian Galleries, Harper’s Bazaar, Calvin Klein, Motorola, St. Regis, Coca-Cola and Sundance.
He has lectured extensively about design around the globe and has served on many notable design juries. He has taught design for almost 20 years at the School of Visual Arts and takes a great deal of pride in seeing the amazing things his students have accomplished.
Born and raised in a small borough named Watford, Nelson leapt from towns to cities and (hot) countries to (scorching) countries before arriving at Mother in early 2018.
With a background in architecture, Nelson delved into different design fields ranging from interior design to fashion to branding and has produced a breadth of work for clients such as WeWork, McDonalds, Samsung Group, Swire Properties and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.
When it’s not raining, he moans about the heat and when the suns out, he’s mostly indoors working on something creative.
Ross was born in New York & raised in Connecticut with a big family, two dogs & a bird.
For the past nine years, Ross has called New York home; exploring the possibilities of borderless design through his work at companies such as Form& and Gretel, with clients ranging from eBay to IBM.
As a curiosity-driven designer, he is interested in emerging technologies and how brands live and breath in an ever-changing landscape.
Ross also teaches foundation design classes at Pratt. After hours, he spends his time reading science fiction and dreaming of possible worlds
Originally from London, Scarlet joined the Mother family in 2017. With a background in fine art, she has worked in galleries and as an arts festival curator before taking the leap into design.
She began her design career as a creative producer, bringing her energy and enthusiasm to design projects for Penguin Random House and the Royal Court Theatre. Her role at Mother focuses on the smooth running of the studio as well as assisting Cat with all design projects.
Scarlet’s hobbies include baking pastry puffs and travelling the world.
Spencer is a brand strategist with Mother Design, working to guide and inspire the creative process through an insightful understanding of brands, people, and culture. He has spent the past three years at Mother working with clients like Calvin Klein, Target, Club Monaco, and CB2.
Spencer found brand strategy through pursuing a childhood dream of becoming a car designer, realising he was one of those weird people that loves the thought behind the thing even more than the thing itself.
Spencer came to New York by way of Virginia, and now lives in Brooklyn Heights. As a lover of historic architecture and preservation, he can usually be found taking pictures of old buildings and posting them on Instagram.
Thomas is from the west of France and studied graphic design in Paris for 5 years before moving to London.
He joined Mother Design in 2015 after a varied career working in-house at Apple, Vice and i-D magazine and at respected agencies such as Neighbour and Harrimansteel. He has worked on a breadth of clients including Nike, BBC, PlayStation and Converse.
Thomas is also an illustrator and creator of graphic novels. His latest book is entitled ‘Le Joueur d’Échecs’ and is available at all good book stores.
Vanessa was born and raised in Staten Island, a not-so-far-off land where she still can be found.
Graduating from the University of Connecticut in 2016, Vanessa began her career as an intern at Mother Design. After leading the design efforts for projects such as the rebranding of LGBTQ health organization Callen-Lorde, she officially joined the team this past fall.
Vanessa is most intrigued by projects that allow her to work off-screen, where she can build and create things with her hands. When not at the office, Vanessa enjoys hiking with her dog Dakota.