Who We Are
Design Forum is the only retail design firm delivering a unique blend of creative andstrategic retail expertise. Our end-to-end services, give us the capacity to work with aclient from strategy development to grand opening. Having worked with many of theworld’s top retailers and brands, Design Forum’s innovations have changed theshopping landscape. As part of Interbrand Group, the world’s largest brandingconsultancy, Design Forum has an international network of creative and brand strategyexperts.
Current Chairman and CEO, Lee Carpenter, founded Design Forum in 1978. Carpenteris now also the Chairman and CEO of Interbrand North America.
In 2002, Design Forum was purchased by Omnicom (NYSE: OMC)(www.omnicomgroup.com)and became part of Interbrand Group. Omnicom is a leadingglobal marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom’s brandednetworks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planningand buying, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialtycommunications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.
CEO, Lee Carpenter has been named one of the retail industry’s most influentialpeople for five years in a row (DDI Magazine, September 2007)
DDI Magazine ranks Design Forum as one of the industry’s retail design innovators(September 2006) and one of the most exciting design firms (September 2006)
Up until 2007 when Design Forum stopped releasing financial data due to Sarbanes-Oxley, the company ranked #4 on Display & Design Ideas’ list of the “Top 100Design Firms” and #6 on VM+SD Magazine’s “Top 50 Retail Design Firms” and(March 2006).
Employees and Locations
As part of Interbrand, Design Forum has a global network comprised of 1246 people in36 offices in 22 countries. Design Forum is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio.