Charles Austen Angell, IDSA | Modern Edge
IDSA Board Chairman 2013
Design Foundation Vice President 2013
IDSA Board, Chair-elect 2012
IDSA International Conference Chair, Boston 2012
IDSA Pod Moderator 2005-2008
IDSA Executive Vice President 2003 - 2004
IDSA Midwest District Vice President 1999 - 2000
IDSA District Conference Chair St Louis MO 2000
IDSA District Conference Chair Madison WI 1999
IDSA Wisconsin Chapter Chair 1998
Innovation Magazine: Guest Editor
Design Foundation: Original Trustee / Formation Team 2001-2002
Charles Austen Angell is the founder of Modern Edge, a strategic industrial design firm based in Portland Oregon. Modern Edge is known for original work in the fields of health and wellness, mobility, home products, and experiential environments.
As President and CEO, Angell oversees all Modern Edge projects, from client contact through human factors research, design refinement, product and program management, market positioning, and customer experience.
Angell brings a rich and diverse background to his company. He maintains a special focus on the role of culture, politics, and geography in shaping human needs, and meeting those needs with responsive product design. He is passionate about designing products that transcend cultural boundaries to enhance the shared human experience.
Before founding Modern Edge, Angell served as director of design research and innovation for Intel Corp. His independent design experience spans projects in Europe, the Americas, Southeast Asia, Africa and Australia. Prior projects include work with John Deere, Harley Davidson, SC Johnson, Medtronic, BMW, Gillette, St. Jude Medical, Sunbeam and many others.
Angell’s published works include articles in Innovation magazine and other journals of design. He has also been a guest lecturer at Purdue University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, the University of Southern Illinois-Carbondale and the University of Minnesota, and has he taught an online master's level class in sustainable product development for Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Through his numerous speaking engagements, publications and teaching, he is committed to making valuable contributions to industrial design and to the people who benefit from it.
Angell served as the chair-elect of the Industrial Designers Society of America, and was among the original trustees for the Design Foundation, a public charity in support of design education and social responsibility.
He holds his bachelor's in industrial design from Purdue University and served as design lead for a Purdue master’s level engineering grant to develop passive restraint systems for General Motors.
Bio and Publications:
Founder and President of Modern Edge, Inc. based in Portland Oregon.
Director of Research and Innovation, Intel Corp.
CDO Logic product Development
Design Development + IP Leader, Placon Corporation
Design Manager, National Cycle
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
University of Southern Illinois-Carbondale
University of Minnesota