Andrew Ellis

After a BA Hons degree in Graphic Design at The University of the Arts in London, he started his career as a design and photography assistant at the seminal creative partnership Hipgnosis.

In the early 80′s he designed the “Choose Life" range of slogan T-Shirts for Katharine Hamnett influenced the book and film “Trainspotting" and was appropriated by bands such as Wham! and Frankie Goes to Hollywood who wore them on Top of the Pops TV show on the BBC.

He co-authored and co-edited the ‘Album Cover Album Two’ book with Roger Dean & Storm Thorgerson as well as contributing photography to the second Hipgnosis book ‘The Goodbye Look’.

In 1982 Andrew founded Icon Communications, an international creative agency based in London & LA specialising in design and packaging for the music industry. He sold the business in 1989 to a UK PLC and re-branded the company as Sonicon now a division of AGI Media Europe. His studios creative work has been published on over 350M albums and singles for artists such as Pink Floyd, Genesis, Robert Plant, Sir Paul McCartney, Radiohead and DuranDuran amongst many others.

In 1993 he left Sonicon and founded Eyetoeye as one of the worlds first new media agencies, advising a broad range of business on digital strategy, content creation, website development, branding and design. Eyetoeye designed and built some of the first websites in the UK. They also advised many start-ups in the Internet boom years, such as First Tuesday and MoneyWorld, (now part of Moneyextra) which sold to Interactive Investor.

In late 2009 he launched the Like Minds Ideas Festival, a thought leadership platform, holding events in London, Exeter, Helsinki and New York. The company now reaches over 1.5M people on social platforms at their events and brings entrepreneurs and business leaders together to help them scale their business or brand.