About me

work history + fun links










name
Christian Pugsley



working title(s)
Design Generalist
Communications Specialist
Systems Thinker



capabilities
Digital
・ UX / UI Design
・ Systems Design / Architecture
・ Web Design / Development
・ App Design
・ Animation
・ Graphic Design

Physical
Product Ideation, Design, & Development
・ 3D Modelling / Rendering
・ Manufacturing / Sourcing
・ Packaging 
・ Print / Editoria

Strategy
・ Product / Innovation Strategies
・ Creative Direction
・ User / Consumer Research
・ Marketing / Advertising
・ Digital Presence



studies
MA/MSc Global Innovation Design
[ program website ]



Final Master’s Work
[ RCA 2021 Student Showcase ]

BSc Multi-Disciplinary Design
University of Utah (grad. 2019)
[ website ]



current work
The Grounded Company
Sr. Digital Designer (August 2021 - present)
[ linkedin ]

Publisher Arts
Director of Design (January 2019 - present)
Designer (July 2017 - January 2019)
[ website ]

University of Utah
Multi-Disciplinary Design Program
Adjunct Professor (Fall 2020 - present)
Course: DES 4830 “Digital Analytics”
[ website ]



past work
Museum of Design Atlanta
The Future Happened: Designing the Future of Music
Lead Web Designer, Producer, Developer
(April 2020 - April 2022)
[ view the exhibition ]

Stoke
Freelance Digital Designer (2018 - 2019)
[ website ] 

Adaptic Watches
Founder, CEO, Designer (2016 - 2019)
[ website ]

Avant 8
Product / Web Designer (2016 - 2018)
[ website ]
 
Freelance Concert Photographer
(2016 - whenever concerts open back up)
[ see work ]

Associated Students of the University of Utah
Marketing Director (2016 - 2017)
[ website ]

Parr Brown Gee & Loveless
Runner / Courier (2013 - 2019)
[ website ]



volunteering
RAIDAR - Open Music Initiative
Berklee College of Music / MIT Media Lab
UX Designer (May 2020 - January 2021)
[ RAIDAR website ]
[ Open Music Initiative website ]



awards
Distinction Award, MA Dissertation
Royal College of Art (2020)
[ The Burden of Proof ]



features
Design Week UK
“Meet the graduates: the Royal College of Art’s Christian Pugsley”
(July 2021)
[ read the article ]


Museum of Design Atlanta
The Future Happened: Designing the Future of Music
(exhibit open until April 2022)
[ view the exhibition ]

Press:
[ It’s Nice That ]
[ Recording Academy – Grammy.com ]
[ Fast Company ]

The Future Happened is an exhibition that examines how design and art deepens our relationship with music. Exploring how design can be key in sharing our stories and amplifying our power to make a difference in the world. Examining innovation and technology that enhances connections and opens doors, reinforcing our capacity to spark change.


San Francisco Design Week
(Summer 2020)
FoM highlight with Lawrence Azerrad - part 1
FoM highlight with Lawrence Azerrad - part 2


Natural History Museum of Utah
Dark Skies: Preserving the beauty of Utah’s night sky
(2018 - present)
[ check out the video ]
[ exhibit info ]

With more International Dark Sky Parks than any other place in the world, it becomes easy to see why this constellation of efforts to preserve dark skies resides in Utah. One result of this work is NHMU’s Dark Skies exhibit, which was designed by University of Utah students of the Multidisciplinary Design Program in partnership with the CDSS and NHMU.



speaking
RCA 2021 Graduate Showcase
Global Innovation Design Panel Discussion: Chaos as a Catalyst
(July 2021)
[ view discussion recording ]

“Welcome to Chaos as a Catalyst. This panel will take you on the journey of global innovation design students as they tackle uncertainty and respond to change through evolving design practices. Under normal circumstances, students would have been touring and learning from global institutions in Japan, Singapore, Beijing and New York. Due to Covid, GID students have navigated learning and working in multiple times zones and staying creative in unexpected environments. For many, this period has allowed for interesting sparks and unusual discoveries. Join Dr. Leila Sheldrick and panelists, Nick, Seetha, Christian, Maraid, and Jothi as they reflect on how Chaos has manifested uniquely for each individual and how they are learning to harness it going forward.”


RCA 2021 Work in Progress Showcase
Global Innovation Design Panel Discussion - Event 1/4
“Chaos as a Catalyst”
(February 2021)
[ view discussion recording ]

“Welcome to Chaos as a Catalyst. This panel will take you on the journey of global innovation design students as they tackle uncertainty and respond to change through evolving design practices, all while navigating learning in multiple times zones and staying creative in unexpected environments. Join Dr. Leila Sheldrick and panellists, Maraid, Harika, Christian, Nick and Ziqq as they reflect on how Chaos has manifested differently for each individual and how they are learning to harness it going forward.”


Global Innovation Design Panel Discussion - Event 3/4
“The ‘I’ in GID”
(February 2021)
[ view discussion recording ]

“The 'I in GID' explores how we can use the power of design to innovate and adapt to change, whether it be through pushing the boundaries of new technologies or redesigning current systems. Join our panellists, Harika, Christian, Seetha and Jingyi, as they share their thoughts on the responsibility we have as tech-forward designers and what it means to create meaningful solutions that are impactful, sustainable, and insightful.”



other stuff
27 years on earth
Born in Durham, North Carolina
Childhood in Los Angeles, California
Everything afterwards in Salt Lake City, UT
Used to be a ski instructor for 4 year olds
Recently purchased a 1967 MG Midget, attempting to restore it lol
Fluent in Italian

Current reading list:
・ 1984 – George Orwell
・ Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino
・ Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
・ User Friendly – Cliff Kuang with Robert Fabricant