Designing Brand Experience + Commercial Design for Good with Jos Harrison — DT101 E94

Jos Harrison is the global head of brand experience and design at Reckitt. We talk about brand experience design and commercial design for good.

Listen to learn about:

  • Brand building
  • Finding ways for companies to do good in a way that builds brand
  •  Learning design
  • Omnichannel communication and its effect on brand building
  • Design’s role in creating a better future 

Our Guest

Jos is obsessed with bringing brands closer to people — in all the ways (big and small) that improve lives, making people happier and healthier.

Jos designs experiences for people, communities and societies — never for 'consumers' — and in doing so, he tries to fulfill my responsibility to our planet: protecting and nurturing it in any way I can. 

Show Highlights

[01:04] Jos talks about Reckitt, building toolkits and frameworks, and the clients they work with.

[03:01] Jos’ early background as an industrial and product designer.

[03:21] A stint in marketing and commercial interior design.

[03:50] Moving into branding, working at Cadbury Schweppes, and experience marketing.

[05:14] Starting at Reckitt and diving into OTC healthcare and hygiene branding.

[05:40] Finding his place in innovation and brand building.

[06:18] Jos talks about the more challenging moments of his career journey.

[07:00] Blind spots and education gaps that arise when you’re a student.

[10:02] Ways Jos is working to close those gaps in his own team and the teams he works with.

[10:11] How humans learn best.

[11:56] Design doesn’t lend itself well to formal training.

[12:14] Designers learn most when directly involved in solving problems.

[12:28] Jos’ team makeup.

[14:31] Things Jos wishes designers understood better.

[16:48] Mapping is a great way to pinpoint gaps in knowledge and experience.

[17:34] Exploring the concept of purpose with Reckitt’s clients.

[17:56] Clarifying purpose starts with going back to the beginning of the brand.

[18:40] People now expect corporations to make positive effects on the world in some way.

[20:59] Jos offers an example using the Lysol brand.

[24:03] A fascinating look into the many micro-interactions that, over time, build a brand.

[25:32] Easier to build a brand in the past.

[26:06] Jos talks about how the industry is different now.

[25:24] The omnichannel experience and how it’s made brand building more complex.

[27:39] Creating customer cohorts.

[28:26] The experience map tool.

[29:35] Why it’s important to understand your customer’s attitudes and behavior.

[31:08] Why storytelling is so important in design.

[34:22] Designers create for someone else.

[35:16] People are Jos’ greatest resource for learning.

[36:54] Why Jos recommends organizations partner with creatives.

[39:27] Jos’ final thoughts about our need for more empathy, and design’s role in fostering more empathy in society. 


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