Creative leaders retreat



Palm Springs, CA | February 7-8, 2019


Brian Collins, Ben Crick, & Alex Tanguay
Collins & Spotify

Brian Collins

Brian is Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS, an independent experience design company in New York City and San Francisco. In 2017 they were named by Forbes as one of the companies reshaping the future of brand building and also one of "50 Places That Creative People Would Kill to Work At."

Over his career, Brian and his team have won every major creative award. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, Businessweek, Creativity, Fortune, NBC News, ABC News and Fast Company, which named Brian an American Master of Design. In 2017, COLLINS developed the concept and design of Ford's launch of The City of Tomorrow, focusing on the future of urban mobility. Working closely with the in-house creative team, COLLINS recently launched the reimagination of Dropbox, the popular online storage platform.

Their clients include some of the world's leading companies including Spotify, Facebook, Nike, Instagram, HBO, Target, Airbnb, The Guggenheim Museum and The Coca-Cola Company.For ten years prior to founding of COLLINS, Brian was Chief Creative Officer of the brand and innovation division of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. Brian was made a Distinguished Alumnus of the Massachusetts College of Art in 2004 and received an Honorary Doctorate from the Art Center College of Design in 2008.

Brian speaks globally on the effect of design on the future including at Kellogg, Columbia, Princeton, The Next Web, PopTech and Bell Labs. He was the first graphic designer invited to participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Brian has been a professor in the Graduate Program of the School of Visual Arts since 2001. He is a Director of The One Club for Creativity, the world's foremost non-profit organization recognizing creative excellence in design and advertising.


Ben Crick

Ben Crick is a designer.

He believes in provocative and insightful design born of strong ideas, executed with craft and finesse. His experience at both small and large studios has helped crystallize his specific vision for graphic design — to bring the creative quality usually reserved for small practices to projects and clients of international scale and complexity.

With a portfolio that spans a wide range, from small passion projects to branding and identity systems for global companies like Spotify and Coca-Cola, his work has been recognized by D&AD, Graphis, AIGA, AGDA, The Type Directors Club, and Creative Arts, among others. Designweek named his work with Collins for Spotify as some of the most globally defining to date.

Originally from Australia, Ben relocated to New York 5 years ago — specifically to an apartment in Chinatown where he lives across from the very popular Wonton Garden. Don't order the lo mein.


Alex Tanguay

Alexandra Tanguay joined Spotify as the Global Brand Director in February 2014. In her 4 years at Spotify, Alex has overseen the growth of the Brand Organization from 1 to over 30 and now leads 3 functions inclusive of Brand Direction, Brand Strategy + Experiential Marketing. Alex played an instrumental role in evolving Spotify's once internal "creative studio" to a premiere creative group leading global campaigns for Brand Spotify + its key business initiatives, as well as individual artist/album/single/show launches for both Artist Marketing + Spotify Original Content.

Her well-known work at Spotify includes the revamp of Spotify's Visual Identity System, Spotify's Global end of year "Thanks 2017" campaign, The "I'm with the Banned" Social Impact efforts + platform and Artist Marketing efforts with the likes of Justin Bieber, 2 Chains, Gucci Mane, The Weeknd, Drake, Phoenix, Katy Perry (and many many more). With creativity + strategy at the heart of her work, Alex has set out to inspire a creative way of thinking and working across Spotify's organization, and has helped to widen the lens on culture that Spotify speaks through.

Alex's career has been diverse having worked on many brands from both the agency + client side as well as short stints across both publishing and fashion.

Previously, Alexandra has worked on brands like Nike, Jordan Brand, Mondelez International, JetBlue, Beats by Dr. Dre, Moet/Hennessy, Sprite, Converse and The NBA helping them connect better to their consumers through emotionally + culturally relevant brand narratives and experiences.