Principal interaction designer at Nokia Design.
I've had the pleasure to collaborate with Julian for about a year, and I surely look forward to the next round! He's a remarkably responsible person, truly fair and honest, who takes his commitments very seriously. He's obsessed by quality at all levels (from solving the right problem down to the look of a pixel), and I trust he can't sleep well until he's 100% confident that what he delivers is good enough. In our collaboration he's always cared about checking our assumptions with real users, and he keeps impressing me by his humility: he's looking for the best design solution, whoever will come up with it.
I believe he has a great sense of balance between delegation of the design/creative work, and firm decision-making when the time comes to decide. The best leaders know how to stand for something and make decisions clear (not by ego, but by responsibility of moving things forward).
Also, I really appreciate the fact that he's a very hands-on designer; often he came back to us with mockups he put together to better explain–and get challenged–his own design ideas.
I never miss a chance to have a cup of tea with Julian, because beyond his invaluable experience and skills, he's an absolutely sweet and optimistic mate, always ready to help.