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Oct. 26: Carnegie Mellon's School of Design Celebrates 75th Anniversary of its Industrial Design Program


Eric Sloss     

Carnegie Mellon's School of Design Celebrates
75th Anniversary of its Industrial Design Program

iphonePITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Design celebrates the 75th anniversary of the official launch of the country's first Industrial Design program with a series of campus events beginning Oct. 31 during Carnegie Mellon's 2009 Homecoming Weekend and continuing throughout the year.
The role of an industrial designer is to create efficient, functional, beautiful mass-produced products that help shape the way people live their lives. During this commemoration, Carnegie Mellon's School of Design will celebrate those alumni and faculty who played significant roles in designing important products like the iPhone, Crocs, the Dustbuster and the first baby monitor.
Stephen Stadelmeier, associate head of the School of Design, Mark Baskinger, associate professor of design, and Sarah Johnson, visiting associate professor of design, are organizing the celebration. Johnson is working on a catalogue documenting the influence Carnegie Mellon alumni have on the industrial design profession.
"The 75th anniversary of the Industrial Design program enables us to reflect upon the forward-thinking attitudes, approaches and pedagogies over the decades that have shaped the way industrial design is practiced and taught today," Baskinger said. "As we look through the past in assembling a historical profile of our program, we are inspired by the early doctrine of the pioneering faculty that established a professional degree-granting program in 1934 espousing human-centered design, and produced students who advanced the discipline and its impact on society."
Celebratory events include an exhibition of student work, tours of the School of Design, video story booths for alumni to share memories, faculty and student presentations, alumni panel discussions, and a reception and expo. Industrial Design students and alumni are being asked to provide examples of their work and share their design stories to provide a rich and accurate depiction of the program's history.
Since 1934, the Industrial Design program has taught and prepared students to design products in support of human activities and interactions. The program encourages human observation, modeling and testing to preserve the richness of the visual and formal traditions in the field. Industrial Design students pursue careers in industrial and manufacturing equipment design, design research and education, medical equipment design, information/technology design, consumer products, exhibits and environments, and automotive design, providing the world with services, systems and tangible artifacts.
Carnegie Mellon School of Design faculty and alumni have worked with some of the most important products by companies such as Apple, Microsoft, BMW, Radio Flyer, Tupperware, Honda, Nissan, Adidas, Reebok and Timberland, among others.
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Carnegie Mellon alumnus Freddy Anzures (A '99) was on the team that designed the Apple iPhone (pictured above).