Last week Don Norman organized a meeting of the design minds in Chicago with the aid of the newly founded Segal Design Institute (endowed by Crate & Barrel founders, Gordon and Carole Segal). Educational representatives from Northwestern U., The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, U. of Illinois-Chicago, and the Illinois Institute of Chicago joined up with industry envoys from IDEO, Herbst Lazar Bell (HLB), and Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM). The event offered an opportunity to learn more about each other as key Chicago design institutions with discussions centered upon fruitful collaborative opportunities. Stay tuned for future design events and leadership from the windy city.
Bruce M. Tharp, PhD is a designer, professor, researcher, and entrepreneur, with degrees in mechanical engineering, industrial design, and anthropology. He and his wife, Stephanie Tharp run an award-winning, design studio, materious.
They have licensed a dozen new product ideas to companies, and currently manufacture several of their own. Materious also produces discursive products and concepts to engender reflection and debate on cultural topics. They are currently finishing a book project on the topic entitled, Discursive Design.
Bruce is a professor of design at the University of Michigan's Stamps School of Art & Design where he teaches a range of undergraduates as well as graduates in the new Master of Design program in Integrative Design.