Pivot Design Spotlight: Robert Colson

Pivot Design Spotlight: Robert Colson

Posted on: Mar 24, 2018

Meet Robert Colson, an exceptional Pivoteer & go-to designer in Pivot SF.

Who/What is your biggest design inspiration?
Ray and Charles Eames. I really believe in their philosophy and design approach to solving problems. They tested until failure, which stands out to me because there are endless things that you can learn from failure. I'm also inspired by nature, especially the ocean. The vastness of the ocean inspires me with its amazing scale and the broad range of its texture, movement, and color.

What inspired you to become a designer?
By the time I was 7, I was 95% deaf and spent a lot of time traveling into Buffalo with my family to see the doctor. Through those trips into the city, I would marvel at the fascinating architecture and all the new skyscrapers being built, which ultimately inspired me to pursue a degree in Architecture and Design.

The greatest lesson you've learned in your design career?
The greatest lesson I've learned is that there truly is no “one size fits all” answer -- It’s fun to see that everyone’s solution is unique.

Any design trends currently catching your eye?
There is a cool trend called ‘greening the office’ - not just influencing our spaces with more greenery and biophilia, but also focusing on the process and use of renewable energy sources for powering our office spaces, air purification, carbon offsets, green web hosting, and the use of locally grown food and beverages served in company cafeterias. This influence could see the introduction of “walking meeting paths” to indoor greenhouses or parks. 

What tip would you give a new designer?
I would emphasize persistence and perseverance. So many young people are afraid to take risks, so I would tell them to not have a fear of failing and to just continue persevering. Failing inspires you to become a better designer and person, and you won’t make the same mistakes again.

Describe yourself in 3 words!
Passionate, dedicated, self-motivated.

What’s something you can’t live without?
I’m a simple guy that appreciates the simple things in life – air, food, serenity.

Your favorite chair?
The iconic Eames Molded Plywood Chair.

Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
Cooking, working out, staying healthy, and traveling when I have the time.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
My great, great, great uncle is Robert Fulton, inventor of the steam engine.


"Robert is a seasoned designer with exceptional talent, and shares his knowledge and enthusiasm with others in the office. He is heavily involved with IIDA and is a great asset to Pivot SF."

Cat Peterson, Pivot Designer