Tim Allen


Tim Allen, Microsoft Partner
Tim was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business for 2017. He helps manage Microsoft’s Design Studio bringing his roots in product, service design and strategy to create the next shift in computing for phones, tablets, PCs and game consoles. Tim’s focus for his world-class staff is on creating human-centered, compelling experiences that influence behaviors and add value to people’s lives. As an additional outlet for his passion around design thinking, Tim instructs at schools around the country.

Tim’s work has been recognized with several of the industry’s most esteemed awards, including multiple Cannes Cyber Lions, D&AD, ANDY, Webby and OneShow awards. Named in the Creativity 50, Creativity magazine’s 2013 list of the year’s most inspiring and influential creative figures, he also played a key role on the award-winning R/GA team who created Nike+, the platform named Campaign of the Decade by AdWeek magazine, Nike Training Club, Nike’s first ever iOS App, and Nike.com.

Prior to Microsoft, Tim led Amazon’s Product Design Studio as Executive Creative Director leading the experience design for Echo, FireTV, and Kindle products. He also led R/GA’s 100+ UX designers as a Global SVP/ECD. Through innovative work with Adobe, Red Hat, and IBM, Tim holds seven patents related to software design, ranging from chat interface modeling to mobile device synchronization.

Tim leads the Fluent Design System and Inclusive Design teams that shape the experiences people have with Microsoft products and services. His job is helping people get things done, and along the way shaping perceptions about the brand. Tim is scaling design to work horizontally across the company at the intersection of creativity, business, and inclusion. “…Considering every relationship, from pixels to people, and creating the vision for the next shift in computing for phones, tablets, PC, mixed reality and gaming.”