Jaan is incredibly savvy in understanding design from a human perspective. Whether in the context of cities, services or experiences.

He embodies relentless curiosity and mature professionalism when he sets out to identify the societal shifts and movements worth paying attention to.
— Mette Andersen, CEO, Getthriving
As a people leader, Jaan has truly amazing coaching and mentoring skills leading to elevated team performance.
— Tuomas Syrjänen, Co-founder and AI Renewal, Futurice Group

Currently

Working with cities and product and service companies including ‘M’ by Volvo Car Mobility to design improved ways of getting around in, relating to, and above all living in, cities.

Building the diverse human centred design teams that solve real world problems and build better services, spaces and cities together with end users, residents and community and business leaders.  

Partner to Boris Design Studio, one of Hong Kong’s leading design studios.

Speaker, guest lecturer and moderator at events and institutions including Asia’s premier design event Business of Design Week, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Aalto University, Berghs School of Communication, Nordic Way, XDesign and Cotalk.

Founder of independent print publisher Paper Light Publishing.

Swedish, formerly based in San Francisco and London with a stint in Washington D.C. Now living in Stockholm. Regularly in Hong Kong and Singapore.

The second edition of my co-authored book State of Mind at Work is available to order ⇢.

Delivering the keynote on behalf of Boris Design Studio at Metta Hong Kong during Business of Design Week. Photo by  Vicky Lo  ⇢

Delivering the keynote on behalf of Boris Design Studio at Metta Hong Kong during Business of Design Week.
Photo by Vicky Lo

Jaan is an amazing, passionate guy who understands the intersection of branding, design and user experience better than anyone else I’ve met.
— Andy McLoughlin Co-founder Huddle, Partner Uncork Capital
With my ‘State of Mind at Work’ co-author and collaborator Tommie Cau. Photo by  Ann Jonasson  ⇢

With my ‘State of Mind at Work’ co-author and collaborator Tommie Cau.
Photo by Ann Jonasson

As a celebrated author, sought after public speaker, and industry thought leader, I can quite honestly not recommend Jaan enough. Factually, the highest recommendation I can give.
— Justin Dauer, Vice President, Human-Centered Design and Development, Bswift
Orvet: Listening is at the heart of design. And it goes both ways. There has to be a dialogue [for an understanding to develop].
— Quoted in the LSC book by Toiminen, Nevanlinna, Sarvas
 

Recently 

Global Head of Design for the Futurice agency (Berlin, Helsinki, London, Munich, Oslo, Stockholm, Tampere) where I also did strategic client work, and held a seat on the group's managing Council. Futurice’s clients include BMW, E.ON, Electrolux, Halebop, Plan International, Kesko, Allianz, Samsung and Fira.

International Head of Creative at Comprend [Stockholm, London, Lisbon + Milan] (2014-2016). Developed award-winning UX & Design team. Established human centered design methodology with an emphasis on research and collaboration. Clients included European industry leaders BBVA, Grant Thornton, SEB Bank, Electrolux, William Hill. 

Global Head of Creative at Nansen [Stockholm, Chicago, London, New York, Washington D.C.] (2011-2013). Built and coached the international UX and design teams, setting the overall creative direction for the agency. Clients included Electrolux, Coop, Reyes Beverage Group, Vårdförbundet and Aggro Pekuliar

On the "Can enterprise apps ever be beautiful?" panel at MobileBeat by VentureBeat in San Francisco. Photo by  Michael O'Donnell  ⇢

On the "Can enterprise apps ever be beautiful?" panel at MobileBeat by VentureBeat in San Francisco.
Photo by Michael O'Donnell

UX & Design Director at cloud collaboration leader Huddle (2010-2011) in San Francisco, Telegraph Tech Start-up 100 Award winner. Inaugural RHoK ⇢ judge with founding partners NASA, The World Bank, Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft.

Founding Editor of Paper Light Magazine together with Frida Vega Salomonsson and Andreas Carlsson.

On a Skype call with Nansen's Client Services Director Charlotta Lorentz. Photo by David Kästel.

On a Skype call with Nansen's Client Services Director Charlotta Lorentz.
Photo by David Kästel.

Co-founder at Skrivr and OpenTypography. Advisor at  Weld ⇢ and MND Labs. Co-author of 'Noded - The untouchable business', listed by Internetworld magazine with Apple, Twitter and Nintendo Wii as ideas and companies that “got it right” and are leading the way to the future.

In 2008 coined the term Functional Creativity to explain how successful digital projects combine strategy, concept development, function and UX:

Functional is easy to understand and helps us get things done. A function has value. Creativity solves problems, it has the power to inspire, guide and evolve.

 

Before 

Spray, Marieberg Interactive, SMC, Yahoo! (2003-2004), Sharpenr (2004-2010) and Stanford University CSP, JMK Stockholm University and Poppius School of Journalism alumni. Former writer, editor, photographer and columnist. 
 

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Featured 

Orvet speaks through the lens of Swedish culture when he cites precisely such a standard: ‘It’s ok to be human; it’s ok to be you. And on top of that, you can also be this role at the company where we work. It’s always having the individual at the forefront.’
— Cultivating a Creative Culture by Justin Dauer (Lead Hand Books)
Listen to what the human ‘you’ wants, not what the title on your business card demands.
— Engage (Intl.) - "Think Human: The psychology of user experience design"
Orvet said corporations have done a good job at suppressing employees’ desire to be productive. Tablets and smartphones don’t suppress that desire.
— InformationWeek (United States)
[Huddle is] the jewel in tech venture capitalist Eden Ventures’ crown
— Wall Street Journal
The breakout success of the year
— Read Write Web, on Huddle
User Experience is also about creating something that evokes emotion and provides something better, simpler or more effective. Like [...] Soundcloud’s simple way to share music and sounds. [They] allow us to play with and explore our human senses, said Jaan Orvet.
— Metro - "He's designing the internet of the future"