Josh Rhode
Director & Designer
Profile

I am a director and designer of brands, products, and experiences on emerging platforms.

In my career I've lead flagship product design teams for the likes of Nike, Olympic Games, Spotify, HBO, Airbnb, Toyota, Mercedes, Lamborghini and more.

Presently, I am the SVP of Brand and Design at Piano, an enterprise software platform powering commercial content experiences for the biggest media companies in the world.

Design sets the bar

I lead by example throughout the design process: cultivating the vision and conceptual foundation, establishing the visual center, building out design systems and design teams, and then directing them towards success. Every day I operate in a variety of hands-on roles — artist, designer, brand thinker, product strategist, mentor, illustrator, programmer, prototyper, animator, photographer.

Past

For several years I was the design director for Nike+ OS, the operating system and central platform connecting Nike's revolutionary fleet of products: Nike+ GPS, Fuelband, ESP, Nike+ Kinect, and more.

Prior to that, I designed dozens of digital products, visual systems, and campaigns for many of Nike's key brand initiatives, such as Training, Store, Boom, Sparq, and one of the world's first tablet-optimized sites that debuted with launch of the iPad.

In 2011, my frequent partner and I founded NiceToKnowUs, providing design consultation for the likes of Facebook, Airbnb, Pokemon, the 2014 Winter Olympics, Mars Inc, and number of hush-hush others we're unable to share.

Present

In 2012, I came aboard Tinypass after meeting two industry expats and two former bank system architects looking to revamp the digital content business. We started by building the perfect access-and-monetization solution for independent content creators, which rapidly scaled into an end-to-end digital business platform for companies of all sizes.

In 2015, we merged with Piano Inc to form the world's most sophisticated enterprise digital business platform. As the SVP of Brand & Design, I have lead product and design teams through the successful acquisition and integration of three more companies: Newzmate, Cxense, and AT Internet.

Brands serviced

Activision
Adidas
Airbnb
AOL
AT&T
Beatport
Chanel
Classic Car Club
Conde Nast
Converse
Discover
Dodge
Dropbox
Facebook
Forbes
FOX Interactive
Google
Hearst
HBO
Hiscox
Honda
IMG Academy
Jetty
Keurig
Lamborghini
Lincoln
Mars Inc
MasterCard
Mercedes
NFL
Nike
Nokia
Pokemon
Reebok
Spotify
TechCrunch
Toyota
Wall Street Journal
Y3

Startups & exits

11 Players
Earmark
One Up
Phenom
Piano
Tinypass
Wave.tv
Josh Rhode
Director & Designer
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