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WELCOME


...I'm off galavanting in foreign lands so things will be slow on here and my responses will be slower still...

I'm Charlie Gower, a designer in New York.

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WELCOME


...I'm off galavanting in foreign lands so things will be slow on here and my responses will be slower still...

I'm Charlie Gower, a designer in New York.

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about me


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about me


This is me, Charlie Gower. I work as a designer in New York, for Fjord, primarily managing multi disciplinary teams designing digital services and products for the likes of Paypal, ESPN or Harvard Medical School.

This site is just a collection of things and ideas I’m exploring to ponder and make mistakes on. At work I pretty much purely engage with digital products and services, so at home I like playing with very basic analogue silly things, mostly made by hand. I'm still waiting for these worlds to properly converge.

Below are a few other things that I get up to.

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To the left is the first flyer for Tantramar, a club night I set up with the illustrator Miles Donovan in London, in 2002. I say club night, but really it was pretty hidden away and mostly the people that came to Hat On Wall in Farringdon were people that we'd invited or people that knew about the venue. We never made any money from it and didn't charge entry or anything like that. That wasn't our aim.

As you might imagine from that remark, It wasn't very serious. It was mainly about being silly and enjoying yourself. We had a few famous DJ guests now and then, but for the most part it was a select set  of family DJs. One of the main reasons for doing it was the fact that we couldn't find that many places playing interesting or fun party music. I think we did a reasonable job of doing both of those but perhaps I'm slightly biassed. We played Country and Ragga and everything in-between.

Some time after this I started doing a variety of silly side projects to amuse myself and I realized that really I was still chasing this idea of being playful and doing things for the sake of doing things. Purely for my amusement and inspiration. That's why I decided to call this website the Tantramar project because I suppose in one way or another I'm always trying to find things that inspire me or interesting ideas to experiment with while keeping things playful.

I consider the things you do with no real benefit or consequence, to be some of the most important. I think it's crucial to spend time poking sticks at things to understand what are the questions that I've not thought of yet.

On this website it’s my ambition to not only display the fruits of my self initiated work (however moldy that may appear) but also how and why I did what I did. Leaving myself partially exposed, showing my stupidity and naivety perhaps, but the arrogant explorer discovers nothing. I believe that process should be flexible, always changing, always evolving, always teaching. 

As a designer, how can you improve, if you don't explore. As they say, smooth seas does not good sailors make.

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is a set of little explorations that have no direct consequence.

They are just simply ideas for the sake of my curiosity.

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is a set of little explorations that have no direct consequence.

They are just simply ideas for the sake of my curiosity.

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WORKING


in New York as a digital service and product designer

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WORKING


in New York as a digital service and product designer

I work for Fjord in New York, leading teams designing digital products, services and strategies. I've been there for about three years working for start ups and multinationals helping to shape their business offerings around people.

I'm afraid I can't publicly show the work. If you have a magic password then you can click here.

Below are the brands I've worked with in the last 3 years.

Meijer Service & Product Design

Meijer Service & Product Design

Citi Direct BE Service & Product Design

Citi Direct BE Service & Product Design

Samsung various Design Strategy projects

Samsung various Design Strategy projects

ESPN various Design Strategy projects

ESPN various Design Strategy projects

Harvard Medical School product reinvention

Harvard Medical School product reinvention

Expedia future vision Interaction and prototyping 

Expedia future vision Interaction and prototyping 

Brookfield Service & Product Design

Brookfield Service & Product Design

Macaw (health & wellness) start up

Macaw (health & wellness) start up

Qualcomm Health start up

Qualcomm Health start up

Paypal Service & Product Design

Paypal Service & Product Design