Apr 10, 2007, 6:00 PM
Lecture by Industrial Design Faculty Search Finalist
Currently an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Georgia Institute of Technology, Kevin Reeder has taught Industrial Design at the college level for more than 15 years. He has taught at Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio State University, Stanford University, and California College of the Arts. He was bestowed with the Outstanding Teacher Award of 2005 at Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds a Master of Arts from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from Ohio State University.
Reeder has been a design consultant since 1987 working with clients such as Apple Computer, Discovery Toys, Lunar Design, Raychem Corporation, Wedge Innovations, and Zephyr Design. He writes of the relationship of design education and practice: “My varied experiences as a practitioner dictate my approach to the classroom. As a practitioner, I have to understand the importance of the user, the development of the budget, the social interactions of the members of the design team, and the physical and emotional demands of the users. Consequently, in the classroom, I construct projects with and overview of reality…discussing with the students the need to understand how products are actually developed and how students need to be self-motivated and willing to communicate their ideas to clients, engineers, and, ultimately the user.”