Gayle has recently completed a PhD at The Glasgow School of Art in which she responded as a researcher and a designer to difficulties young people who were leaving care and their workers experience when working together. For this work she was acknowledged with the first ever ‘service design award’ for best student project.
Gayle is a graphic designer by background, she got into Service design because of her interest in the impact she was creating with her graphic design work. She realised she had to better engage with people that would be using her designs to better understand their needs. That’s how she got into research but soon she realised she could not really use this in the commercial environments she was working in at that moment. Therefor she made the shift towards Service Design.
Kaarel Mikkin is de co-founder of service design & branding consultancy Brand Manual. An international agency establish in Tallinn and Stockholm that designs customer experiences. Brand Manual used to be a marketing company that saw the need to expand towards a service design agency.
“Service design is the new marketing”
Band manual won the service design award for best commercial project with their project That reinvented the bookstore for Apollo. They redesigned a bookstore into an inspiring entertainment environment, bringing books, music, a juice bar and even a cinema together under one brand. This resulted in a customer centric experience and increased the amount of customers with 200%.