In 2013 the first think[box] Designer in Residence will be none other than renowned professional designer and head of the Industrial Design department at CIA, Daniel Cuffaro.
Starting Monday, February 11th, 2013, Daniel will hold open office hours in think[box] each Monday from 1-5pm. This is a unique opportunity to get free consultations with an industry-recognized leader in the field of design, see Daniel's full bio below.
The Designer in Residence is a new program to bring a "live in" design professional to think[box], the University's new multi-million dollar invention center. The Designer In Residence will offer free design advice and consulting to students and other think[box] users, as well as help form relationships between technologists and designers in think[box].
A Designer's role is to combine art, science, technology, and psychology to create new products that people can use. Whereas an Engineer or Technologist would typically focus mainly on the technology, the Designer uses a broader perspective to create appealing designs for humans to use and interact with. The world of design encompasses everything that people interact with, from consumer products to presentations and signage, but also designing physical spaces and floor plans, logistics and documentation, and more.
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Dan is a designer, educator and entrepreneur. He consults in the area of industrial design, design strategy and user experience, and is an expert witness in IP litigation. He is the Chair of the Department of Industrial Design, and the Anne Fluckey Lindseth Professor of Industrial Design, at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and is the founder of Abeo Design LLC, a sustainable commercial furniture company.
Dan formerly directed the design group at Altitude, Inc, an award-winning product development firm in Boston MA and he worked as a consultant for Arthur D. Little, an international management and product development consulting firm. He has won several IDSA/IDEA awards and holds multiple patents. He has written for Innovation Magazine, The Design Management Institute Journal, and is co-author of the book ‘Process, Materials and Measurements.’ He has lectured in Mexico, The United Kingdom, and around the US.
Dan co-founded of the District of Design economic development initiative aimed at positioning Northeast Ohio as a recognized center of design and innovation excellence. He is pursuing a PhD in Management from the Weatherhead School of Management.