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.
Herbert Bayer was one of the Bauhaus’s most influential students, teachers, and proponents. Most of Bayer’s photographs come from the decade 1928–38, when he was based in Berlin working as a commercial artist. He designed the show Road to Victory (1942), which would set the course for Steichen’s influential approach to photography.
Keith Haring was best known for his graffiti-like painting, initially on the black paper used to cover discontinued billboard advertisements in the New York subway. After after a feverish 1980’s style career of surging popular success and grudging critical attention, Haring died of AIDS in 1991 at the age of 31.
Henry Dreyfuss, a pioneer of industrial design, revolutionized the field with his focus on designing for people and integrating ergonomic principles. His iconic designs, such as the Bell 300 telephone, transformed industries ranging from aviation to household appliances. Dreyfuss’s emphasis on functionality and user experience continues to shape modern design practices, making him a lasting influence in the field of industrial design.
Lester Beall, a renowned graphic designer, was born in Kansas City in 1903 and left an indelible mark on the industry. He studied engineering and art history at the University of Chicago. Beall’s unconventional style, influenced by European artistic developments, was evident in his poster series for the Rural Electrification Administration. He was the first commercial designer to have a one-person exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and contributed to corporate identity systems, emphasizing the importance of cohesive visual branding and identity.
Johanna Grawunder is a renowned artist and designer known for her innovative use of light and color in installations. Born in San Diego, Grawunder’s work blurs the boundaries between art, design, and architecture, incorporating neon and LED lights to create immersive experiences. With clean lines and geometric forms, her installations captivate viewers by transforming spaces through the interplay of light and structure. Grawunder’s collaborations with architects and designers have brought her distinctive vision to public spaces and commercial environments. Through teaching, she inspires emerging artists to push creative boundaries. Discover the transformative power of light and color in Johanna Grawunder’s mesmerizing works.
Philco was founded in Philadelphia in 1892. In 1929, using assembly-line techniques, the firm produced the first truly low-priced radios. The firm became a leading manufacturer of audio products, adding domestic stoves, refrigerators, air conditioners, and other appliances to its line. In the 1950s, it produced a series of television set housings in historicist cabinets with technologically advanced features and large screens.
Albert Paley (born 1944) is an American modernist metal sculptor. Starting as a jeweller, he has evolved into one of the world’s most renowned and famous metalsmiths. Furniture, gates, railings, and staircases are among his creations. He consults with architects and space planners, and he leads a team of craftspeople in his Rochester, New York, facilities.