Clement Mok is an award winning designer, digital pioneer, software publisher, app developer, author, and design patent holder. “The design of understanding” is perhaps the best way to describe Clement and his work.
Clement, a former creative director at Apple in the early 80’s, founded multiple successful design-related businesses: Studio Archetype, CMCD, and NetObjects. He was the Chief Creative Officer of Sapient, a Trustee of Art Center College of Design and the national president of AIGA. He’s a founding partner of SUGARFISH and SameSurf as well as start-ups on a variety of design planning and user experience related projects.
Mok, a 2008 AIGA Medalist, has been published internationally and has received hundreds of awards from professional organizations and publications including I.D. 40 most influential designers, and Chief Executive Magazine, which named him 1998’s Tech 100 CEOs. He also serves on the advisory boards of numerous start-ups, technology companies, colleges and non-profit organizations.
Clement is contributing to the Enrichment Scholarship Fund in honor and memory of these teachers and mentors “for encouragement and believing in me”: Massimo Vignelli, Skip Sagar, David Goodman, Art Center College of Design, Walter Rand
Mr. Walter Rand | High School Print Shop Instructor, Sir Winston Churchill High School, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
“I like to begin with a story.
We all have a story like this one — especially with an audience of over-achievers that are in this room. It’s about how we all got to where we are today?
Some of us were born geniuses and some of us needed a little more help… like myself.
I never would have become a designer were it not for a Mr.Rand who took interest in my studies a long time ago. No, this is not the famous designer, Paul Rand. It’s Walter Rand, my high school print shop instructor. I spent 2 years in his class and I learned how to run an offset press and letterpress. I figured out the in’s and out’s of stripping film and blocking furniture and setting type for type galleys. Things that are now totally irrelevant.
It’s not REALLY what I learned, however it’s the fact that Mr Rand encouraged me and mentored me. And most importantly he believed in me.
When you are 15 years old, the pressures to conform were unbearable. He provided a place in the shop where I can go after school hours to tinker with my new found interests.
He gave me permission to do things that were different from the rest of the kids. That experience built my self-confidence and helped my decision to pursue art school.”
(an excerpt from Clement’s TED presentation, 2000)