Duration: In 2003 John Dowling established Dowling Design & Art Direction in the UK. In 2008 Rob Duncan established Rob Duncan Design in San Francisco. In 2010 the two companies merged and Dowling Duncan formed with offices on both sides of the Atlantic.
Staff: Three in the U.S., two in the U.K., and a large network of experienced copywriters, photographers and illustrators.
Education: Rob received a BA (Hons) degree in graphic design from Bath Spa University. John received a BA (Hons) degree in graphic design from University of Northumbria.
Cultural Influences: We like: Alan Fletcher, John McConnell, Bob Gill, Paul Rand, Jan Tschichold, Milton Glaser, Bruno Monguzzi, Massimo Vignelli, Alexey Brodovitch, Josef Muller-Brockman, Peter Saville, Vaughan Oliver, Robert Welch, Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield, Barbara Hepworth, Simon Patterson, Lawrence Weiner, Anton Corbijn, Trevor Key, New York, London, Los Angeles, Star Wars, Fred Perry, Paul Smith, 2 Tone Records, Arsenal Football Club, Liverpool Football Club, Steve Coogan, Jimmy Carr, Lee Evans and Ricky Gervais.
Environment: By a bay in San Francisco (U.S.) and on a canal in Newark (U.K.).
Philosophy: Graphic Design structure and aesthetic should be derived from a conceptual idea and then beautifully crafted, rather than following what's cool or the latest trend.