Georg Petschnigg, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, and Andrew Allen, Co-Founder, FiftyThree Inc., live sketch Day 1 of the WWD Apparel and Retail Summit January 2013.
Modern-day storyteller Andrew Allen crafts meaningful stories by connecting brand, interaction and social messaging.
From breakthrough work on the pen and touch interface for Microsoft Courier, to consulting for brands like Nike and Logitech—his signature style is breathtaking beauty and pacing.
Mr. Allen runs shortoftheweek.com and directs award-winning films such as The Thomas Beale Cipher, which earned him distinction as one of the 25 New Faces in Film by Filmmaker Magazine. His work has been featured by AIGA, Fast Company, The Atlantic, and Wired.
He earned a B.F.A. in design from the University of Washington, awarded with the highest distinction.
Georg Petschnigg connects the dots between engineering, design and business at FiftyThree – a
New York City- and Seattle-based startup that builds tools for mobile creation.
Before FiftyThree, Mr. Petschnigg co-founded the Pioneer Studios, a design venture fund, where
he led the incubation of new mobile devices and television services. He shipped graphic tools in
PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and started a photo frame business with Samsung.
While at Microsoft Research, Mr. Petschnigg published seminal work on computational photography. He learned his best lessons from teaching, modern dance, and preserving historic sites in Germany.
Mr. Petschnigg holds a B.S. from Columbia in computer engineering and economics, and a M.S. in electrical engineering with a concentration in product design from Stanford.