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Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Wickens is a creative director and partner in the design studio Ammunition, which was named one of the top ten Most Innovative Companies in Design in 2011 by Fast Company magazine -- for the third year in a row. He is also the founding partner of DreamSurface, an application design company for mobile applications.
Brett worked with British designer Peter Saville as a partner in his London studio during the 1980s and 90s, where they developed renowned campaigns for clients as diverse as Yohji Yamamoto, Factory Records, Peter Gabriel and the French Ministry of Culture. In 1990 he became an Associate Partner in Pentagram's London office.
In 1994 he moved to Los Angeles to become VP Creative Director at Frankfurt Balkind Partners, where he directed new media initiatives and created campaigns for most of the major Hollywood studios, and he also designed the logotype for HBOs The Sopranos.
In 1999, Brett became the Global Creative Director of Sapient before joining MetaDesign as VP Creative Director in 2002, where he directed interaction and branding projects for clients including Adobe, Coca-Cola, Four Seasons, McAfee, San Francisco Ballet, SanDisk, Shangri-La Hotels, Sony, Viacom, J&J and FICO.
He has been a guest speaker on NPR, contributing editor at EYE magazine, teacher at the California Institute of the Arts, and speaker at many symposia, including the RGD Design Thinkers Conference 2008 in Toronto, and the Creative Review Click Conference 2010 in San Francisco.
Brett was also a pioneer of electronic music in Canada. After leaving the Spoons he joined with Paul Abrahams to release a single and album on the Mannequin record label, founded and owned by Abrahams and released an album under the name Ceramic Hello with fellow musician Roger Humphreys that has now been re-released several times. He has composed with William Orbit, Jah Wobble, Andy McCluskey (OMD), Martha Ladly and others.
His design work is included in the permanent collection of Design at the V&A Museum, London.
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