Mark Rolston

Founder & Chief Creative Officer

Chances are good that at least one piece of technology in your life has a piece of Mark Rolston thinking behind it. Former Chief Creative Officer of frogdesign, and a renowned designer for over 30 years, Mark was one of the earliest design pioneers in software, helping forge the disciplines around user interface design and mobile platforms. He has worked with the world’s leading companies– Disney, Magic Leap, Dreamworks, Salesforce, GE, Microsoft, and AT&T.

While leading the design of early large systems such as SAP’s enterprise platform and the Dell.com website in the late 1990s, Mark developed the earliest expression of Atomic Design, translating the building of component libraries for app development to design problems. In the early 2000s, Mark helped define multiple mobile interface platforms for Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Microsoft, Sprint and many others. Combined, the resulting design work produced many of the key UX methods now used daily by billions around the world on iOS and Android.

During 20 years at frogdesign, he founded its software design capability, transforming the company into a powerhouse in this new field. In 2005, Mark took over as Global Chief Creative Officer, continuing to drive frog’s success and explosive growth.

In 2014, Mark founded argodesign with an ethos of “think by making”—meaning that the materiality of the craft itself informs the output. Six years later, argo has grown from 4 people to just over 100, with studios in Austin, Amsterdam and New York. Mark and his team at argo continue to define new paradigms including interfaces for AI, mixed reality, enterprise services, and interactive light.

Media

The Rise of the Meta Me
AIGA Eye on Design
The Techno-Utopian Visions of Google and Facebook Are Dead. What Comes Next?
Fast Company
The Future of Mixed Reality
Stylus
Dark Interactions
The Next Web
3 Brilliant Ways Netflix Can Fix Its Home Screen This Year
Fast Company
Form Follows Me
Dreamforce
Why Invisible Design Needs to Be Part of Your Company's Innovation Strategy
Inc.
The Future of Smart Things is Dumb
Fast Company
The Next Era of Designers Will Use Data as Their Medium
Wired
The Future of Computing
TEDx Austin talk
What Comes After Zoom Fatigue
Vox Recode
Move Over, Zoom. This Magic Interface is the Future of Videoconferencing
Fast Company
Calm Technology Is Staging a Comeback—Can Good Design Make it Stick?
AIGA Eye on Design
AI Interface Pioneer Talks the Impact of AI in Society
The AIGrind Podcast
Homo Digitus: How AI Will Change the Human Experience
Cognite
The Free Internet Makes Us the Product — We Need to Stop It
The Next Web
The Myth of Human-Centered Design
Fast Company
What Designers Could Learn From Lawyers, Doctors, And Priests
Fast Company
The Shapelessness of Things to Come
Digifest
Form Follows Me
UX London
Second Brain: The Difference Between my Digital and Physical Self
Applause
Designing the Meta Me
UX Salon
Are Voice-Controlled Homes the Future, or a Gimmick?
Fast Company
Form Follows Me
Cognite 2016
FAI’s Biggest Danger Is So Subtle, You Might Not Even Notice It
Fast Company
With the Rise of Chatbots, Every Company Will Need to Find Its Own (Literal) Voice
Inc.
Designers: Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs
Fast Company
The Age of Apps Is Over--and Cards Are Taking Their Place
Inc.
3 Design Trends That Will Define the Tech World in 2016
Inc.
Executives Are From Mars, Designers Are From Venus
Inc.
The New Story Of Computing: Invisible And Smarter Than You
Fast Company
The Shapelessness of Things to Come
IDSA
Frog Chief Creative Officer Leaves To Start His Own UX Company
Fast Company
The Shapelessness of Things to Come
Midwest UX
Introducing Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business 1000
Fast Company
Frog Predicts: Flexible Displays Will Soon Change The World
Fast Company
We Need Computer Sight to Make Smart Homes Smart
GigaOm
5 Design Challenges That Could Derail Apple’s iWatch
Fast Company
The 3 Future Waves In Design, And How To Ride Them
Fast Company
Today’s Phones and Tablets Will Die Out Like the PC
MIT Technology Review
Sharia, the American Withdrawal, and Other Reasons Few Afghans Use Banks
The Atlantic
5 Traps You Have To Avoid When Pitching Bold Ideas
Fast Company
Frog's Mark Rolston: the 'Minority Report' Interface is a 'Terrible Idea’
The Verge
The Future of Technology Means Making the Computer Disappear
GigaOm
Building the Meta-City
PICNIC Festival
MIT Media Lab: New Interfaces
MIT
A Conversation With Jan Chipchase and Frog Design’s Chief Creative
Fast Company
Defining the New Singularity
Emerging Communications Conference