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  • William Volcoff

    Creative Mastermind

    Shanghai, China

William Volcoff is an experienced French designer with over 13 years of team leading, design management and art direction in various industries and countries. He enjoys blending cultures and design into compelling outputs that bring business impact to his clients. In 2004, during his early design studies, William volcoff established his design practice in Paris. After several years in Europe he moved to China and open his second office in Shanghai in 2011. He can’t stop dreaming about a better world, one that the future generation will be proud to live in and pass on. Design is the key to make this world better. Since 2016, William has join Hartmut Esslinger to lead Esslinger Studio and provide world class design education to Chinese university students. The studio's objective is to train student to think global and become future design leaders. This goal is achieve through project based training, model making and workshop with international experts.

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Work History

  • Studio manager

    Responsible to manage and lead the studio on behalf of Hartmut Esslinger. This task include the following:
    - Defining the teaching curriculum
    - Organizing and leading some classes
    - Managing the team of teachers
    - Providing speeches to universities
    - Promoting our innovative teaching methods to outsiders
    - inviting experts to conduct workshops

  • Co-founder & Creative Mastermind

  • Sr Project manager - Strategy Design

    • Wilddesign
    • Shanghai, China
    • Jul 2009 - Jul 2011 (2 years)

    Responsible of leading and providing creative input to my team, connecting with client and proposing project estimate.
    Worked on various projects:
    - Design strategy proposal to help client enter China and help local clients go abroad
    - Retails spaces development
    - Product design development and liaison with local manufacturer
    - Branding development for local and international clients

  • Art Director

    • Mobidiag
    • Helsinki, Finland
    • Sep 2006 - Jun 2009 (2 years 9 months)

    Responsible for the overall re branding and marketing development of the company, including:
    - Company promotional movies
    - Company collateral
    - Office space design
    - VI development and management
    - Packaging, prints and give-away
    - Booth design


  • Aalto University of Arts and Design

    • Master Industrial Design
    • 2006 - 2009

    MA Industrial Design combined with International Design Business Management cross study program

  • BIAD, Birmingham

    • BA Product Design
    • 2005 - 2006
  • ENSAAMA, Paris

    • BA Product Design
    • 2003 - 2005



Within the 24 finalist for the BraunnPrize 2007.