Kevin George, Ford exterior design manager, started his career designing themed environments, where he helped create amusement parks and other commercial spaces that required imaginative landscapes. He then moved on to toy design, creating vehicles for classic action figures. In 2001 George joined Ford, working on vehicle interiors first, then exterior design. More recently, George worked on the Ford Edge. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BID. Prior to that, he studied graphic design at Ohio University.
The Exchange is going to be a global gathering place of top designers, decision makers, professionals and educators from across the design and business spectrum. Expand your international network, grow your client base, catch up with old friends and make new connections. From exciting speakers to engaging panel discussions, workshops, design studio tours, parties and much more, you'll leave Austin with fresh inspiration and tools to excel.
Rebecca Suciu, IDSA | Rose Displays Product Designer
I graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2004 in the Product Design & Innovation program.
My professional work involves designing retail sign display systems and solutions for retail chains at Rose Displays, Ltd. in Salem, MA. I am an inventor on over patents, with several others pending and many more in the works.
In addition to my professional work, I am also an active volunteer as the Secretary on the Board of the Friends of Lynn & Nahant Beach.
Continue creating meaningful Exchanges outside of the conference with design firm bus tours! On Friday afternoon you will be able to board a comfortable air-conditioned bus and take a tour of various design offices in the Austin area. There will be two routes, so be sure to take a look at the map beforehand. Sign up for the tour at the IDSA registration and information desk.
Austin is a beautiful city, and during August the best time to experience the city is early morning as the sun is rising. Start your day off right with a refreshing jog along the banks of the Colorado River on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. Lisa Umbach will be your guide, will make sure you find your way there and back, and tackle a distance that you find comfortable.
ED BOYD Vice President, Experience Design Group Dell
Ed Boyd is Dell’s Vice President of Experience Design across commercial, consumer and enterprise. His strategic vision is helping Dell define and execute specific branding and personalization on a wide array of products and experiences. Previously, Boyd served as Global Creative Director for Nike’s Athletic Training Division. He worked as a senior designer for Sony for five years, including a stint in Tokyo, where he worked on home audio and video, telecommunications, television, professional mass storage and in-flight entertainment. He received a BFA in Industrial Design from the Columbus College of Design.
ERIC ANDERSON, FIDSA Co-Director of the Integrated Innovation Institute Carnegie Mellon University
Eric Anderson is co-founder and co-director of the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, a unique entity that cross-trains students in design, engineering and business to speed the pace of innovation. He is also Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts, and an associate professor of industrial design in the School of Design. He teaches undergraduate and master studios in design. Anderson holds a BS in Industrial Design from the University of the Arts (formerly the Philadelphia College of Art), and an MA and MFA in Design Education from The Ohio State University. Anderson is an IDSA Chairman-Emeritus of the Board of Directors.
BRENDEN MACALUSO Shop Director Common Motor Collective
Brenden Macaluso is Shop Director of the Common Motor Collective in Houston, a community workshop dedicated to the preservation and education of vintage motorcycle mechanics. Macaluso has a BBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Industrial Design from the University of Houston. His design philosophy focuses on applied sustainability—design for the full life cycle of a product and implement long term support for what has already been made. He previously was the principal developer for Recompute, a sustainable desktop computer made of cardboard components.
There is great news about the iDSA Student Chapter at the Cleveland Institute of Art. There is a new Facebook page where the students will be able to build their iDSA experience, collaborate on events and have visibility to the outside world. Please take a moment and view or join what they have going on thus far at Facebook.com keyword iDSA@CIA maybe we can all build off of this great energy.