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  • Ballay visits Virginia Tech

    Joseph Ballay | Form Families Workshop | Fall 2010

  • Ballay visits Virginia Tech

    Joseph Ballay | Form Families Workshop | Fall 2010

  • Reas visits Virginia Tech

    Casey Reas | Processing Language Workshop & Lecture | Spring 2012

  • Reas visits Virginia Tech

    Casey Reas | Processing Language Workshop & Lecture | Spring 2012

  • Vetter visits Virginia Tech

    Craig Vetter | Multiple Lectures & Student Meetings | Spring 2013

  • Vetter visits Virginia Tech

    Craig Vetter | Multiple Lectures & Student Meetings | Spring 2013

visitors | lectures & workshops

The Industrial Design Program invites guests from the profession and academia every year for lectures and/or workshops. We also collaborate with other programs, including architecture, engineering and graphic design, in bringing guests to campus.

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith, Design Director at Reflex Design in Ft. Lauderdale, FL spent a day and a half sharing his abilities and techniques in "rapid and diverse concept development" with students in the Industrial Design program.

Jeff's visit was sponsored by Eastman Chemical Co. in Kingsport, TN. Thanks to both Eastman and Jeff for this valuable opportunity.

Mickey McManus

Mickey McManus, Chairman & Principal at MAYA Design in Pittsburgh, was at Virginia Tech to present the ArtsFusion lecture at Institute for Creativity Arts and Technology. He met with ID students during two separate sessions that day: one to discuss the ways and whys of the Kiva, and the other to talk about MAYA's recent event at SXSW.

Craig Vetter

Craig Vetter is an inventor and designer, influenced by Buckminster Fuller in the 1960s, whose message was to “Do more with less.” The common thread of Vetter’s work has become to “Live better on less energy.” In an era when motorcycles achieved 40 mpg and cars 12 mpg, Vetter invented, designed and manufactured equipment that made riding motorcycles more enjoyable. A whole generation rode with him. Vetter’s Windjammer became the most popular motorcycle fairing ever made. Today, every motorcycle manufacturer produces a model with the motorcycle touring components Vetter invented. In the 1980s, Vetter hosted the Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Contests in which, over six years, the winning mileage graduated from 78 mpg to 470 mpg. By the time he sold his company, Vetter Corporation was one of the largest motorcycle-oriented manufacturing companies in the United States, second only to Harley-Davidson.

Casey Reas

Artist lecture and workshop by Casey Reas: discussing his own studio practice and the future of the Processing language. Casey Reas' ongoing Process series explores the relationship between naturally evolved systems and those that are synthetic. The imagery evokes transformation, and visualizes systems in motion and at rest. Equally embracing the qualitative human perception and the quantitative rules that define digital culture, organic form emerges from precise mechanical structures. Reas' software, prints, and installations have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Reas is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Media Arts and Sciences as well as a bachelors degree from the School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. With Ben Fry, Reas initiated Processing in 2001. Processing is an open source programming language and environment for creating images, animation, and interaction.

Omar Bailey

Omar Bailey is a Design Entrepreneur who works with corporations, small businesses, and individuals by listening to their needs and ideas and creating design solutions. Over the past few years, Omar has designed footwear and products for top-tier clients in athletics: Nike and Adidas. His current client roster includes a host of athletes and entertainers such as Allan Houston, Gary Sheffield (Detroit Tigers), The Roots, and T-Pain. In working with each client Bailey seeks to understand their vision and bring their ideas to life. Bailey began his college career as an Industrial Design student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Omar transferred to the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati after hearing of its cooperative learning program which enables students to gain valuable and practical work experience as a part of the college curriculum. Between the years 2003-2006 Bailey had the opportunity to design footwear and products for New Balance, K-Swiss, and Hewlett Packard to name a few. The on-site business and design experience led Bailey to start his own company, The Bright Idea Design Studios, Inc. in 2006.

Chuck Harrison

Charles "Chuck" Harrison is a designer, educator and speaker specializing in industrial design across multiple consumer products areas. The primary portion of his career was spent working for Sears Roebuck & Company, beginning as a freelancer, then as a staff designer and later as the head of the company’s design department. A prolific designer, Harrison’s work touched almost every area of household products from cribs to tractors and everything in between...

Joe Ballay

Joseph Ballay, industrial designer, partner at MAYA Design and educator (Emeritus Professor at Carnegie Mellon University) visits the Industrial Design Program to conduct a 5-week workshop with the second year studio, on his concept, form families. "Families of Form is an attempt to develop an industrial designer's primitive form vocabulary. It isn't meant to be exhaustive, but inclusive enough to provide designers -- industrial design students in particular -- with enough form language to explore beyond the narrow, predigested form cliches that popular culture provides. As the Department Head at CMU, he was instrumental in orienting CMU's design programs toward integrating high technology with traditional graphic and industrial design. He is concerned that people have satisfying, aesthetically pleasing experiences with technology as it influences ever more of our everyday lives.