Alex Smailes

UX Designer in Torrance, California

Alex Smailes

UX Designer in Torrance, California

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Whilst studying a Communications BA at Falmouth Art School in UK, Alex was handpicked to join a small team of filmmakers and marine biologists for a documentary exploration underneath the oil platforms of the Arabian Gulf.

After joining Corbis in 1997, his work continued in the Middle East, Pacific, South America, Balkans and the Caucasus region. His images during that time were recognised by Amnesty International, Colors magazine and used by many of the world’s press and aid agencies including BBC, Geographical, Independent, Sunday Times, New York Times, Reuters, CARE, OXFAM and Greenpeace.

It was one too many bullets whizzing by while on assignment in Kosovo that convinced Alex that it was time to move on from being a photojournalist. In 2002 he moved to Trinidad and by 2006 had published his first book Trinidad and Tobago (MacMillan) which was designed by Abovegroup. He later became a director and went on to help build the design consultancy from three to fifteen. He's juggled several studio expansions, a merger growing the firm to over sixty – and then back down again.

Alex and his family are still big into travel (although now mainly to wine-producing regions of the world). He’s also a mean chef and takes his time brewing fine coffees.