Tucker Viemeister American Product Designer

Tucker Viemeister is an American product designer. He was born in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He was professionally active in New York and was the son of industrial designer Read Viemeister.

Education

Tucker Viemeister graduated from Yellow Springs High School in 1966, went to two different colleges. He ended up studying industrial design at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, from which he graduated with a degree in industrial design in 1974. 

Biography

 He worked in his father Read Viemeister’s industrial design firm Vie Design Studios, managed today by his sister. Subsequently, designed jewellery with his brother and later with Ted Muehling. In 1979, Viemeister, Davin Stowell, Tom Dair, and Tamara Thomsen were partners in the New York industrial design firm David Stowell Associates, known as Smart Design from 1985. 

Mixer designed by Tucker Viemeister
Mixer designed by Tucker Viemeister

Creative Process

Viemeister acknowledged many valid approaches to the design process however he summarised it as follows;

  1. Analyse some problem or lifestyle.
  2. Look for ergonomic improvements in existing products or needs.
  3. Look for feature improvements and adding features.
  4. Translate some new technology or invention into a useful thing.
  5. Dream up a million-dollar idea out of thin air.

Summary of Works

Viemeister designed eyeglasses for Serengeti, travel irons for Sanyei, and dinnerware for Copco and Corning Ware. For Oxo, Smart Design produced the designs for 22 kitchen products for the disabled. He was at-large director of the Industrial Designers’ Society of America, member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and trustee of the Rowena Reed Kostellow Fund at Pratt Institute. 

Good Grips Peeler, ca. 1990

Black handled peeler, rounded bottom of handle with hole (for hanging). Area for gripping has horizontal striations on each side. Blade is metal that swivels, attached by two points that fit into upper and lower holes of blade support.

Good Grips Prototype For A Peeler Handle, 1990

White handle for peeper, rounded bottom of handle with hole (for hanging). Area for gripping has horizontal striations on each side.

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