Shine Award 2022: Rob Duncan

February 9, 2023 • Posted by Design Bay Area

For outstanding generosity, commitment and contributions to the design community in the Bay Area, California.

The Shine Awards began in 2021 honor and give visibility to individuals who work and live in the Bay Area who consistently use their skills, resources and talents as a positive force to benefit others to give back to the Bay Area Community. These individuals have also supported the efforts of San Francisco Design Week, Design Bay Area and other community focused nonprofits. Honorees were selfless and giving of their time, often without asking for anything in return.

Rob Duncan 2022: Facilitator of global community building

Rob has been passionately involved with the design community in San Francisco for more than 10 years. He has arranged and curated several fundraising design events to support San Francisco Design Week and AIGASF while simultaneously connecting designers from around the world to engage with the Bay Area Community. He has produced events which support students and emerging designers and established designers alike. His team created the 2019 San Francisco Design Week Theme: Community.

Rob’s distinguished career has seen him work with leading companies on both sides of the Atlantic. He began his career at the renowned UK agency Mytton Williams. In 2000 he joined Pentagram’s London office, where he worked on John Rushworth’s team with clients such as Egon Zehnder International, One&Only Resorts and The Waterways Trust.

He was invited to relocate to the USA to join Pentagram’s San Francisco office in 2003, where he led numerous design programs. In 2007, he became an Art Director on Apple’s Retail and Events team, creating and directing innovative design concepts for events and campaigns. He later established his own San Francisco firm, Rob Duncan Design. In 2010, Rob was joined by British designer John Dowling to form the transatlantic partnership Dowling Duncan.

In 2013 Rob founded the Mucho office in San Francisco where he continues to lead his design team, working with multi-national corporations, start-ups, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and small family owned businesses.