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Tim Kobe

Founder and CEO, Eight Inc.
  • Top award for “High Density on the High Ground” competition (2006)
  • Eight Inc. selected to represent the U.S. at the 10th International Venice Architectural Biennale (2006)
  • Design Masterplan Committee member: Design 2025 – Singapore by Design

With Eight Inc., Tim worked closely with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and met with him every week for 12 years. The company is now in its 20th year of working with Apple.

The iconic designer

In his work with iconic blue-chip brands like Apple, Tesla, Nike, Coca-Cola, Virgin Atlantic, Citibank, Ford, Hyatt, Nokia and Nissan, Tim Kobe has shown that he values one thing over everything else: the human experience. Tim is the founder and CEO of Eight Inc., a global experience design firm whose 12 studios span seven time zones over three continents. Eight Inc. works across many traditional disciplines – including strategy, architecture, exhibition, interior design, product, communications and branding – and many of the firm’s projects have received international design awards in the process. Their mission is to create value for people and brands globally by designing experiences that matter to people, oftentimes reshaping brands, products and services, and transforming businesses along the way. He believes companies that don’t focus on creating great customer experiences can and should expect to lose business to those that do. Given that Tim designed the iconic Apple Store experience, we’re confident that he’s right.
“All design is really for a better human outcome.”
Tim in Inc
  • Top award for “High Density on the High Ground” competition (2006)
  • Eight Inc. selected to represent the U.S. at the 10th International Venice Architectural Biennale (2006)
  • Design Masterplan Committee member: Design 2025 – Singapore by Design

With Eight Inc., Tim worked closely with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and met with him every week for 12 years. The company is now in its 20th year of working with Apple.

READ/WATCH/LISTEN
bigdata-madesimple.com

In conversation with Tim Kobe, the iconic designer behind the original Apple Stores – Big Data Made Simple

Interesting background and Steve Jobs anecdotes.

vimeo.com

Interview with Tim Kobe – art4d.asia

Video about UX design.

www.inc.com

Apple Store designer reveals the secret of great retail design – Inc.

How to design customer experiences.