ABOUT US

If we have seen further, it is by standing upon shoulders of giants. 

Our name, Giant Shoulders, is a manifestation of how we’ve come to where we are, and who we aspire to be.

The founding team has experience on both sides of the equation: traditional agency and companies that hire agencies. We set out to redesign how agencies work, to create an experience that is more productive, pleasant, and flexible.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

OUR FAILURE X DESIGN EVENT SERIES

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Simplicity through design thinking

We use design thinking to help leaders navigate an increasingly complex world to deliver simple and compelling futures. We help create visions for the future that reveal new opportunities, solve bigger problems, and yields long-term impact.

Clarity through collaboration

We work collaboratively with our clients at multiple levels to define key problems and craft the most effective strategies. We use workshops as our key vehicle to collaborate – clarifying strategic and tactical challenges to develop integrated solutions that elevate your brand.

Unity of vision that drives traction

The real test of a new brand or experience comes when it is presented to the world. We de-risk the introduction of innovation through staged deployments that measure audience reaction, optimize usability, and iterate features. Every step is designed to increase traction and accelerate viability.

 
 

OUR TEAM & COLLABORATORS

We believe that tomorrow will be built on creativity and collaboration. 

We are a co-op of business and design consultants — alums from top firms. This gives us the breadth, strength, and agility to create bespoke teams that help capitalize on pivotal opportunity with courage and confidence.

 
 

Tino Chow

FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL, EXPERIENCE

Tino Chow founded Giant Shoulders because he believes that creativity and collaboration can disrupt the status quo for the better. Creating things together is never a straight-line process – there are always twists, turns, and frustrations along the way, but the synergy of collaboration multiplies productivity in a way that far surpasses what each of us can do alone.

Tino spent a large part of his career building creative cultures and leading collaborative teams at agencies in New York and startups in Silicon Valley.

Before design, Tino served as an officer in the Singapore military. He attended Rhode Island School of Design, where he co-founded a conference called Better World by Design, and was selected as a TED Fellow. Tino also rode across the country on a bicycle for affordable housing, and occasionally you’ll find him speaking at conferences and schools.

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David Barnum

PRINCIPAL, BRAND

David has over 30 years of experience in brand development, design, advertising, marketing and early stage business development. He joined Giant Shoulders to add his experience in the quest to redesign how agencies and clients collaborate.

The son of a genuine “mad man”, he began working in design and advertising at 18. After successful runs as a creative director at agencies large and small, David established Barnum Design in 1998 with the goal of bringing creative problem solvers closer to brands in transition. The firm evolved over time from a creative services studio into a strategy firm focused on early stage ventures and brand reinvention.

David has worked with brands ranging from TED, Hughes Corporation, Sysomos, Sealy, American Express, Delta, DuPont, and dozens of small and medium businesses.

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Eric Army

PARTNER, OPERATIONS

Studio Meja | Providence G | AAA Northeast | The Montessori School of Rhode Island

George Ortiz

COMMUNITY

Elisha Project | American Marketing Association | Dunkin Donuts | Progressive Latino

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Teegan Nordhues

CONTENT STRATEGIST & WRITER

PAX Lighting | Providence College

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Keno Mullings

SOFTWARE

The Mullings Group | Tech Collective | Mass Housing

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Lauren Sun

BRAND & UI DESIGN

RISD (GD) | Pentagram | GE | Ximedica | Brooklyn Brothers | New Era Cap Co

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Wing Chi

GRAPHIC DESIGN

RISD | Harvard | FAVOR Design + Communications

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Shannon Colón

UI/UX DESIGN

Canaan Partners | Rollbar | Shure | SAP Fieldglass | Digital Intent

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Austin Walters

GO-TO-MARKET

Harvard (MBA) | Springtide | Innosight | Globalhealth.care

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Mike Valdes

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Rhode Island College | Sanctuary Church

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Brett Johnson

SALES & MARKETING STRATEGIST

Providence College | Fire Drops | Newell | Mirror Placement

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Barbara Barry

ADVISOR

Mayo Clinic | One Laptop Per Child | MIT Media Lab

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James Lavine

UX DESIGN

RISD (GD) | The Smithsonian Institute | Medtronic | Ximedica

 
 

JOBS & OPPORTUNITIES

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. – Henry Ford

 
 
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