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About Steven Visser : Professor Visser’s designs have been exhibited nationally including the Museum of Modern art, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. Additionally, his designs have been exhibited internationally, including; Japan, Italy, France, Finland, Taiwan, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, China, Korea, and the UK.
STATEMENT OF ART:
Industrial designers develop the form of manufacture products. They consider; aesthetics, consumer trends, manufacturing processes, costs, functionality and ergonomics. Using all of these consideration they create new products that will appeal to consumers and lead to a competitive market advantage for their clients. Industrial designers are different that fine artists in that they are client driven. Most artists create their work as a form of personal expression. Industrial designers typically work in a team and use the tools and sensitivity of art to create objects that reflect and express the values of their client.
As an entrepreneur he has partnered to start a manufacturing company, Compliers Inc. as well as maintaining his own design consultancy. He is currently exploring new manufacturing techniques that utilize digital short-run manufacturing. He is particularly interested in the gift market and creating new products that challenge the boundaries between craft and mass production.
As a designer he often takes advantage of a material’s flexible character. He has developed products that use flexibility to improve; functionality, user appeal and manufacturability. Most recently he has been exploring recycled rubber sheet goods that are die-cut to create user assembled products.
Professor Visser seeks to create innovative new product concepts that push the boundaries of design. Typically, industrial designers work with a team of engineers, marketers, and other designers to create designs that will be produced within current manufacturing and marketing limitations. By pushing these limitations, he creates new product concepts that can change the way we think about a product. Of particular interest are products that use innovation to improve the quality of life. For example he recently organized an interdisciplinary team to develop a safer cook stove for third world countries. The team was made of faculty, staff and students from five different departments at Purdue.

ORGANIZATION:
Purdue University

EDUCATION:
1988, Industrial Design, MFA, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

EXPERIENCE:
1988-1989, Hari and Associated, Chicago IL/USA.
1989-1990, Visiting Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN/USA.
1990-Present, Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN/USA.

PRIVATE EXHIBITIONS:
2015, "Inspirations from Ancient Rome", Domus Academy/NABA, Milan, Italy, July 21-August 4

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
2014, "Designer in Residence Exhibition", 3-Person Invitational Design Exhibition, Kathmandu, Nepal
2013, Exclamation Stacking Chair, 4th International Innovation Design and Education Forum Exhibition, Nanjing, China
2012, "Apple2 Pedestal Table", Groovy Stuff Booth, International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market, The Merchandise Mart
Chicago, IL
2009, "Woodstalk Bench", BECA Gallery "Next" exhibition
New Orleans, LA
2006, "Astro Lounge Chair, Juried Exhibition at the Industrial Designers Society of America, National Education Conference, Austin TX,
2005, "Giwa: Build-it-yourself Souvenir" "BLU Network: Borrow Lend Unite" "Safety Stove: for South Africa" "Flip: Invertible Organizer", Juried Exhibition at the Industrial Designers Society of America, National Education Conference, Washington, D.C.
2005, "Giwa: Build-it-yourself Souvenir", International Travel Souvenir Design Competition, Kintex Exposition Center, Gyeonggi, Korea
2003, "Shades Eyewear", International Eyewear Design Competition: Opus Design Award, Tokyo, Japan
2002, "Civil Interactive Play Table", Invitational Exhibition at the Biennale Internationale Design, Saint-Étienné, France
2001, "Quantum Armchair", The Chair Show 4, Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, NC
2001 International Eyewear Design Competition: Opus Design Award 2001, "Egypt Eyewear", Opus Design Award, Eyetec Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
2000, "Forest Eyewear", 2000 Objects for the New Millennium, Gallery 91, New York, NY
1997, Compliers® "Flexural Fishing Pliers", Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design International Invitational Exhibition, Groninger Museum, Groninger, Netherlands

Principal Designer: Steve Visser
Engineer: Ashok Midha

AWARDS:
2015, SAI Faculty Fellow, Domus Academy, Milan/Italy
2014, Associate Fellow, American Academy in Rome/Italy
2007, Honorary Professor, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing/China
2003, Award of Excellence, Taiwan International Design Competition, Taipei/Taiwan
1997, Fulbright Scholar, UIAH, Helsinki/Finland
1995 Silver Idea Award, National Design Competition, Santa Fe, NM
1993, Second Place, Neste Forma Finlanida 3 International Plastic Design Competition, Espoo/Finland

SYMPOSIUMS AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCES::
2016 "Panelist: Industrial Design Education Symposium", National Conference IDSA, Detroit, MI, USA
2013 "Perceiving Design: Design Perceived", Keynote Lecture at the 4th International Innovation Design Education Forum, Nanjing, China
2012, "What You Can Get From 48 Hours: The Future of Design Leadership", IDSA National Education Symposium
Boston, MA, USA
2011 "Integrating Interaction Design and Industrial Design", Keynote lecture at the International Innovation Design & Education Forum, Nanjing, China
2007, "How to Effectively Incorporate Corporate Sponsored Projects and Design Competition into Design Curriculum", Keynote lecture at the ICHEM Conference, Wuxi, China

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
1992-Present Industrial Designers Society of America

JURY MEMBERSHIPS:
2016, 1st Greater China Smart Home Appliances Design Competition
Hong Kong
2016, Appliance Design Excellence in Design Competition, Troy, MI
2016, International Housewares Association Student Design Competition
Chicago, IL
2013, Appliance Design Excellence in Design Competition, Troy, MI
2012, Nanjing Innovation Design Competition, Nanjing China

HOBBIES:
Travel, Family

WEB SITE:
https://www.cla.purdue.edu/academic/vpa/ad/industr
ial/Faculty.html

REGISTRATION DATE:
2017-02-27 15:02:36

COUNTRY:
United States of America

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Academic

Awards received by Steven Visser


Q Series Wheelchair Lift

Golden A' Design Award Winner for Differently Abled and Seniors' Assistance Design Category in 2016
Purdue University and BraunAbility Team for Braunability

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