Meet Nick – the digital transformation wizard enchanting the heavy industries

From industrial design to UX, to strategic transformation

Some people just have that extra star quality to them. Nick - Nicholas Merrigan – is one of them. With his solid design experience, cross-discipline background, and undeniably lovable personality, he's leading the digital team in our Stavanger office. There, he’s delivering everything from pixel-perfect UI to strategic digital transformation.

Born and raised in Ireland, Nick has a long and solid career as a designer. He started off as an industrial designer, crossed over to digital, running his own consultancy in Dublin before family brought him to Stavanger and EGGS. Lucky for us!

Transformation as the only constant

In EGGS, Nick has worked with several big and complex projects within digital transformation. “Recently, I’ve worked a lot with Aker BP and Cognite. These are large and complex organisations with tricky challenges to solve. We've worked with bridging end-to-end gaps between products and services to enable a holistic approach to more effective use and enrichment of data. This is a real challenge, and it's very satisfying to work with data transformations at this level."

As a consultant, he gets to work with clients and professionals from many different sectors and backgrounds, something that he appreciates – “It's definitely been a constant learning journey for me as a designer. Working together with different design disciplines, other professions like geologists, and system architects with clients from varying industries and sectors is both challenging and rewarding. I've learned a lot about processes and how to use them effectively. Getting insight into these different domains puts you in a unique position. And I believe – I hope – that as designers, it gives us the knowledge and experience to bring insight from one industry and client to another. It provides us with a wide array of tools to help our clients with."

“There is tremendous knowledge in the energy sector, both when it comes to data transformations and engineering. This can and will be harnessed in the transition towards a green shift.”
Nicholas Merrigan, Creative Leader Digital Design, EGGS Stavanger
In EGGS, Nick has worked with several big and complex projects within digital transformation for client like Aker BP and Cognite. He sees a lot of potential in the energy sector and the heavy industries when it comes to the green shift: “There is tremendous knowledge in the energy sector here, both when it comes to data transformations and engineering. This can and will be harnessed in the transition towards a green shift.”

Sees the green potential of the heavy industries

In Stavanger, designers and innovators work in a market with a strong presence of energy, offshore, and heavy industries. What challenges and opportunities does Nick see for businesses in these sectors? “There is tremendous knowledge in the energy sector here, both when it comes to data transformations and engineering. This can and will be harnessed in the transition towards a green shift. There is a change in demand among consumers to move towards greener alternatives. The oil and gas industry is competing with renewables, where there are new regulations, standards, and expectations helping to level the playing field. This is, of course, a challenge, but I believe that we, as designers and innovators, can contribute to this. We can help ensure that knowledge, processes, and methodologies are not lost in this transition. We can help keep a customer focus and identify needs, opportunities and challenges to deliver on value and usability. I see a lot of potential in these businesses and the transition they’re facing.”

“Good design isn’t trendy; it’s timeless and transparent. It’s less about the visual aspect and much more about the value and emotion it generates.”
Nicholas Merrigan, Creative Leader Digital Design, EGGS Stavanger

From physical products to intangible user experiences

Having worked with industrial design before going down the digital path, Nick has the experience of working with both the physical and more abstract aspects of design. When asked about what the transition was like, he said: “It was challenging at first. In the beginning, I was frustrated having to accept that my digital designs were never really "finished." They're more organic than physical design. They're in constant development, being continuously iterated upon. But now, this is one of the aspects I enjoy most about working with digital design and transformation. What you create is something 'alive.' Something that will continue to develop over time, together with the client, even after you've delivered it." He goes on to say, "Also, my idea of what good design is has changed during my career. Good design isn't trendy; it's timeless and transparent. It's less about the visual aspect and much more about the value and emotion it generates."

Nick in short:

Name: Nicholas Merrigan

Age: 47

Born in: Cork, Ireland

Title in EGGS:Creative Leader Digital Design (Stavanger)

Education: B.Des in Industrial Design from National College of Arts and Design (Dublin). MSc in Computing and Design from the University of Ulster.

Likes about EGGS Stavanger: The people! I love the team. It’s a humble and down-to-earth crowd. And we get to work with design from a holistic perspective. Many projects are complex and involve many layers.

Hobbies: Windsurfing, cycling, and making stuff

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Nicholas Merrigan

Have a chat with our Creative Leader Digital Design Stavanger
Nicholas Merrigan
+47 902 22 214
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Trond Dagsland

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+47 975 36 592
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