The industrial designer, Daivd L. Painter, was born in Monroeville, IN, and was a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1936. From 1935 to 1950, he was vice president of the industrial design firm Barnes & Reinecke Inc. in Chicago. From 1950 to 1960, he was a partner of Painter/Teague/Petertil, industrial designers in Chicago, and from 1960 to 1972, he was the owner of David Painter, Industrial Design.
The Aeron ergonomic chair was designed by Bill Stumpf, FIDSA (1936-2006), of Stumpf, Weber + Associates; and Don Chadwick (b. 1936) of Chadwick & Associates, and was produced by Herman Miller, Inc. It was introduced in 1994. It departed from the traditional upholstery-over-cushioning design, and instead was made of a stretched, semi-transparent, flexible mesh called Pellicle.
The Apple PowerBook was one of the most revolutionary computers ever made. It changed the way people used computers. It was highly portable and lightweight, but functioned as effectively as a desktop. We call them laptops today, and many users never leave home without one.
The original PowerBook series—the 140 and 170—were designed by Robert Brunner, IDSA; Gavin Ivester, IDSA; Suzanne Pierce; Jim Halicho; and Eric Takahashi of Apple Computer; Michael Antonczak of Indesign; and Matt Barthelemy of Lunar Design for Apple Computer, Inc.
The Mazda Miata was conceived in 1976 by Kenichi Yamamoto, head of R&D at Mazda in , and by then Motor Trend journalist Bob Hall. Each saw it as a direct descendant of small, inexpensive British 2-door roadsters of the 1960s like the Triumph Spitfire, the MG Midget, the Lotus Elan and the Austin-Healy Sprite.
NeXT, Inc. was founded in 1985 by Steve Jobs and a number of former Apple employees, after Jobs resigned from Apple. Jobs engaged Paul Rand to design a brand identity and a 100-page brochure promoting the brand for $100,000.
Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART), the first new US regional transit system since 1907, went into service three years behind schedule. Designed in 1965 by Carl Sundberg, R. Figgins and Montgomery Ferar of Sundberg-Ferar and Rohr Industries, it set a new typeform for modern mass transit.
The Boeing 747 "jumbo-jet" made its first public flight in 1969. It carried 342-490 passengers and was 231 feet long. Interiors were designed by Walter Dorwin Teague Associates (WDTA). It went into transatlantic service in early 1970 for Pan American Airlines.