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Ron Kemnitzer
Professor Emeritus


IDS 3514 | Industrial Design III

IDS 4015 | Human Factors

IDS 2016 | Module | Seating Design

IDS 3204 | Module | Marker Rendering Techniques

IDS 4015 | Mathematics and beauty

IDS 2214 | Retail package design

IDS 3224 | Crowd sourcing

IDS 3224 | Retail store design


Ron Kemnitzer is a Professor Emeritus in the Industrial Design program and an independent product design consultant. He is a past President and Chairman of the Board of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). He was elected to the IDSA Academy of Fellows in August 2003. He is also President of DMC Villa Tosca USA, an affiliated branch of the Milan -based parent organization. Villa Tosca is a design management centre devoted to the development of new design research and practice methodologies for a worldwide network of design colleagues. He is founder of Kemnitzer Design, Inc., a consulting practice located in Kansas City, Missouri. After twenty successful years, the firm is now owned and operated by his son, Jonathon Kemnitzer, IDSA under the name, KEM STUDIO, a design laboratory that fuses architecture and industrial design. Mr. Kemnitzer holds 18 USA and international patents for his work, which have also been recognized in many design competitions. Kemnitzer Design received the 'Gold Good Design Award' from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in 2001 and 1997. The firm also received a Gold Award in the 1993 'Plant Engineering' magazine 'Product of the Year' competition and a Bronze Award in the 1992 Industrial Design Excellence Awards sponsored by 'Business Week' magazine and the Industrial Designers Society of America. In 1988, Kemnitzer designed the best selling 'Bola' chair for Fixtures Furniture Company for which he was awarded an Institute of Business Design (IBD) Gold Award. He is author of the best-selling book, Rendering With Markers.

research interests

Trend Studies

Human Factors