Micah Spear has pursued a career — and life — that has explored the many ways we communicate and feel. From an initial academic background in art and design, his work has continued to cross disciplines. He has worked in architecture, consulted businesses, invested in early stage startups, produced films, and continued to work as a multidisciplinary artist.
His expansive approach to experiencing the world led him to be one of the founders (and Design Director) of Sightful, which specializes in helping Fortune 100 corporations integrate design-centered thinking into their company processes and the launching of multiple high level products. He was named by Fast Company to their Creative Braintrust, a group brought together to “rethink the future of travel [and] explore ideas and innovations that aim to inspire even greater breakthroughs in travel.”
Spear has served in advisory investor roles in the interoperable communications technology field and for food and beverage companies such as the nut butter-maker Justin’s (aquired by Hormel), and Japanese specialty beverage-maker Kimino as well as CPG neurobehavioral wellness companies PYM and BloomFarms to name a few.
As an artist, Spear’s work in sculpture — and the documentation of his fabrication process — has found a following in Japan, where his work has been shown at the SO1 Gallery and his books are carried at the Marc Jacobs-affiliate Bookmarc Tokyo, Ambush Shop and published in Japanese media. He’s also exhibited solo works in photography and film.
Using skills honed at the Parsons School of Design — where he studied Service Design and Integrative Design and Yestermorrow Design Build School in Vermont — Spear helped create multiple commercial and residential environments in New York City earlier in his career. His studies at The New School, of which Parsons is a part, also included an Environmental Science double-major from the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. He delved into Business Strategy at the Columbia Business School while attending The New School and, previously, studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
His mix of business acumen and connection to the arts has resulted in his being an executive producer for an upcoming Broadway production of “The King’s Speech” and the independent film “Colewell” (nominated for two Film Independent Spirit Awards).
Raised in northwest Connecticut, Spear splits his time between New York City and Tokyo, Japan. His eye for design and fascination with formal modes of cultural communication has led him to a passion for the onsen and ofuro-bath traditions and contemporary tea experiences in Japan — especially the architectural elements that inform them.