Tucker Viemeister (b.1948) 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, a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and trustee of the Rowena Reed Kostellow Fund at Pratt Institute. 

Additional Reading

John Eberson

Source

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing. https://amzn.to/3ElmSlL

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    Douglas Kelley (born 1928) is an American industrial designer best known for creating the T-chair and the Elna Lotus sewing machine.Read More →

  • Marilena Boccato Italian product designer

    Marilena Boccato

    Marilena Boccato is a designer from Italy who worked in Treviso and Padua. In 1967, Boccato began her professional career. She collaborated with Gian Nicola Gigante and Antonio Zambusi.Read More →

  • Swatch Watch a Design Classic

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    Swatch has revolutionised the watch industry over the previous four decades. The Swatch became the fashion item of the 1980s thanks to its combination of Swiss technology, design, and low price. It is the first watch that has become a classic look, with a black plastic band and a basic watch face.Read More →

  • Matteo Thun (b.1952) Italian ceramicist and designer

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    We reject design as an issue of taste! We follow a different strategy: Simplicity. We always search for the iconic form and create things that people can understand intuitively. We, Read More →

  • Ingo Maurer (1932 – 2019) – German industrial designer – Poet of Light

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    Ingo Maurer was a German industrial designer who specialised in the development of lighting fixtures and installations. “Poet of Light” was his nickname.Read More →

  • Jasper Morrison (1959 – ) British Designer quirky, understated furniture

    Jasper Morrison Cork Furniture

    Morrison produced quirky, satiric, understated furniture. His 1986 South Kensington flat was widely published in design magazines. He designed 1988 Door handles I and II, and a 1989 range of aluminium handles produced by FSB in Germany. Read More →

  • John Mascheroni (1932- ) American furniture and industrial designer

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    John Mascheroni is an American furniture and industrial designer. He studied at the Pratt Insitute in Brooklyn New York. He opened his own design office and furniture factory in New York. Mascheroni designed furniture for manufactures in High Point, North Carolina. From 1990, his furniture designs were produced by Swaim and, from 1991, others by Jeffco.Read More →

  • Enzo Mari (1932 -2020) Italian modernist, industrial designer

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    Graduating Table Bowls In 1956, he became interested in design, particularly books and children’s games. In 1957, he began working for Danese, for whom some of his designs and ideas for games and puzzles, including the 1957 wooden child’s puzzle, were realised.Read More →

  • Antonia Astori (1940 – ) Italian designer

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    Antonia Astori is an Italian fashion designer who co-founded Driade with her brother Enrico and Adelaide Acerbi in 1968.Read More →

  • Pierre Jeanneret (1896 – 1967) Swiss architect and designer

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    Pierre Jeanneret (1896 – 1967) was a Swiss architect and builder. He was a talented painter, artist, and architect as a young student, greatly inspired by Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier), his cousin and life mentor. From 1916 to 1918, he served in the Swiss Army as a cyclist.Read More →

  • Frank Nuovo (1961 – ) Chief Designer for Nokia

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    Nuovo studied product and automotive design and graphics and communications design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.Read More →

  • Memphis Group – it has little to do with Tennessee

    Memphis Group

    Memphis was a movement in interior design introduced at the annual Milan Furniture Fair in 1981. It consisted of a group led by Memphis guru Ettore Sottass of avant-garde Italian designers. With outrageous interpretations of traditional furnishings and accessories, Memphis shocked the traditionally quiet industry.Read More →

  • Pio Manzù (1939 – 1969) Italian industrial designer

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    He designed automobiles, taxis, and tractors for Fiat, lighting and appliances for Olivetti, packaging for Form, Industrial Design, Style Auto, and Interiors, and wrote for Form, Industrial Design, Style Auto, and Interiors. He created the Parentesi lamp, which Achille Castiglioni finished in the late 1970s.Read More →

  • Charles Pollock (1930 – 2013) American industrial designer

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    Charles Pollock (1930 – 2013) was an American industrial designer who created sleek furniture, most notably an office chair held together by a single aluminium band that became known as a Pollock Chair. Read More →

  • Industrial Design – design for mass production

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    After 1865, as industrialisation accelerated and consumer products proliferated, producers were forced to concentrate on product appearance. Ordinary people desired comfort, even luxury: patent furniture, opulent home interiors, and eclectic mail-order products. Read More →

  • Marc Harrison (1936 – 1998) American Industrial designer

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    Marc Harrison (1936-1998) was an industrial designer from the United States. Harrison sustained a significant brain injury in a sledding accident when he was eleven years old. He had to relearn simple functions like walking and talking as a result of the crash. Harrison gained experience and motivation for his future work as an industrial designer due to this incident and his lengthy recovery.Read More →

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