Today’s Influential Designers

Unfortunately I cannot make it to class Wednesday to hear about today’s influential designers, but I thought I might share who’s work I find inspiring. I’d be interested to see who’s currently inspiring you too. I don’t find Martha Stewart terribly inspiring, but what other female designers are influencing product design?

Marcel Wanders

  • known for luxury goods
  • integrates Delft patterns and other intricate patterns
  • designed KLM airlines meal service



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Marc Newson

  • recently joined apple design team
  • leads design for Quantas Airlines
  • leads design for G-Star clothing
  • clients include Mount Blanc, Leica, LV, Sumbeam,..

Leica designed by Marc Newman and Jon Ive


Early chair design that put Newman on the map


G-Star jacket by Marc Newman

Frank Gehry

Popularized cardboard furniture


  • Seattle EMP
  • Walt Design Concert Hall
  • Vitra Design Musem

Here’s Frank responding to critics:

Karim Rashid

  • Known for organic meets tech aesthetic
  • Clients: Dirt Devil, Umbra, 3M

Jonathan Ive

  • leads Apple design
  • most influence in-house designer of our time.
  • enough said.

Here’s some his early ID work:

One of kind table designed by Marc Newman and Jonathan Ive for charity auction

Temple Grandin

  • Over half the world’s livestock handled by systems designed by Grandin
  • Unsung hero of Industrial Design, better known as animal scientist and autism advocate
  • uses her autistic ability to understand how animal perception

Yves Behar

  • founder of fuse project
  • leads design for Jawbone
  • designs for Herman Miller, and many more


Naoto Fukasawa

Founder of “+-0” brand

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Philippe Starck

Architect and product designer

Clients include:

  • Target
  • Microsoft
  • Puma
  • Kartell
  • Steve Jobs Yacht
  • many more…


Steve Jobs Yacht designed by Starck


Kartell  Monobloc Chair  designed by Starck


blobject designed by Starck


Target Line designed by Starck

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