Bruce Hanington-Center for the Arts in Society - Carnegie Mellon University

Bruce Hanington

Associate Professor and Program Chair, Industrial Design, School of Design

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: Margaret Morrison 104A
Phone: (412) 268-1641


Bruce Hanington, an associate professor in the School of Design, chairs the Industrial Design program and teaches Design Studio I, How People Work, How People Work with Things, Research Methods for Human Centered Design, and The Meaning of Form, among other courses. His interests are in the personal, social, and cultural context of product design and interpretation. He is interested in human-centered product development, human factors, and research methods, with a focus on using ethnographic methods in design research.

Hanington’s recent projects include work with General Electric’s Appliance division designing human-centered appliances, and research for Johnson & Johnson on design opportunities to enhance prescription skin care compliance among teens. He has presented papers on human-centered design and design for human experience at the International Conference of the Design Research Society (DRS) and the International Conference Design & Emotion.

Prior to coming to Carnegie Mellon, Hanington conducted design research at Dezignation Design in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and was an adjunct instructor at the University of Calgary.

Hanington holds a Master of Environmental Design in Industrial Design and a BA in Applied Psychology, both from the University of Calgary, Canada.