It’s been a busy fall so far at Loft, full of new projects, sailing trips, and best of all – new hires! This month we sat down and chatted with Ed O’Brien, our new Growth and Strategy Advisor. His incredible background includes roles at HBO, Fjord, and Continuum. We’re looking forward to Ed bringing his knowledge and expertise to the table to help Loft grow to its fullest potential.
What’s been your favorite project that you’ve worked on?
One of my professional highlights was getting to work with Southwest Airlines. They had a relatively nascent innovation team so my team was brought on to bring some of their ideas to life. Their big ask? Solve for a better customer experience. We dove straight in, working with them collaboratively on an ongoing basis.
The second was a project that we did with a Japanese home builder. We were tasked with looking at the future of the connected home in the US. I spent two weeks in Japan so we could understand their design methodology and process. I loved the experience of being introduced to a new culture. It’s a very design-led culture and country so we wanted to bring that to the US.
Who's your dream client?
Anytime I can be exposed to new categories, businesses, or clients where I don’t have experience. I love the chance to get outside my comfort zone. I look at challenges from the framework of a designer. Would this inspire somebody? Is this something we haven’t looked at before? Is this a category where we can apply a methodology? Sustainability is a huge interest of mine. Any category where I haven’t had exposure is something that excites me.
How did your relationship with Loft start?
I was introduced to Jeanette and Gregor over a year ago through a mutual friend. It started out as smart conversations with smart people and we’ve been having interesting conversations ever since.
What are you most excited to do as a member of the Loft team?
I’m most exited to get to know the team. It’s one of the most gratifying parts of working in design. it’s full of fun, thoughtful, smart, interesting people from a variety of backgrounds. Finding and shaping projects that are fun and fulfilling is something I take seriously. I believe you need to understand the people you represent, what makes them tick, their goals and interests, and their capabilities to truly be effective.
What’s your favorite midday snack to get through the afternoon slump?
I like to eat fairly healthy so my go-to is nuts and fruit. I try to stay away from the vices... so I don’t have too many of them in the house. Emphasis on try :)
What is your favorite way to wind down after work?
I like to be engaged at work. Interacting with people in meetings and hitting the road energizes me but at the end of the day, I like to go home, flip on the TV, and relax. My wife and I are binge-watching Handmaid’s Tale right now
Welcome to Loft, Ed! We’re excited to have you on the team.