We Hear: More Changes at Factory Design Labs

By Patrick Coffee 

factory labsBack in January, we noted that Scott Larson, who spent four years as ECD at Razorfish San Francisco handling the agency’s work for Xbox, Intel, Microsoft, and Nike, had left to launch the first West Coast office of Denver-based Factory Design Labs.

That lasted approximately three months.

Larson is now back with Razorfish in what looks like a return to his previous position — and the current status of Factory Design Labs’ offices is unclear.

(A Razorfish spokesperson confirmed his return, writing “We couldn’t be more excited to have him on the team.”)

Larson was hired to run the North Face account, and we heard back in November 2014 that the business (AOR Mekanism) might be headed for review. We were unable to confirm that fact, but we do know that CEO Scott Mellin stepped down from his position as chief brand officer for personal reasons in December as founder/CCO Jonas Tempel (who has many other projects on his plate) stepped up to take the lead. We heard that more staffers had been laid off but were unable to get more details on that claim.

Our attempts to reach someone at Factory Design Labs’ main office in Denver for more information on the status of the expansion were unsuccessful. While the agency’s Facebook page was active as recently as Wednesday, our calls to various parties all went directly to voicemail.

Updates as we receive them.