They have affected the lives of millions with their inventions and designs, especially the ones working with large corporations.
Product designers are responsible for creating many items that we use on a daily basis.
Some of those designers affect the lives of millions with their work, especially the ones working with large corporations.
Below are 10 of the best product designers who you probably know through their work, even if you didn’t know their names.
10- Jonathan Ive
If you’re an Apple fan, you’ve probably heard of Jonathan Ive.
Being the Chief Design Officer (CDO) at Apple, Jonathan is responsible for the creation of some of the world’s favorite electronics.
Jonathan was with Apple when they launched some of their most iconic products like the iPhone and the iPad. In addition to working at Apple, Jonathan is the Chancellor of the Royal College of Art in London.
9- James Dyson
When it comes to vacuum cleaners, Dyson is well-known for its innovations that help take this industry to a whole new level.
Responsible for inventions like the No-Blade Air Multiplier Fan and the world-famous AirBlade hand dryer, James Dyson didn’t only shape an entire industry, but also created useful products for millions of people.
8- Kenichiro Ashida
Nintendo is hands down one of the most iconic companies in the video game industry.
Ashida was responsible for two of the most successful consoles that the Japanese video game giant has ever made: the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii.
As those two consoles brought something new to the video game industry and became adored by millions of people all over the world, Kenichiro Ashida’s work was used and enjoyed by millions of people.
7- Dieter Rams
Dieter Rams has been leading the world-renowned consumer product company, Braun, while they created some of their most popular items.
Asides from serving as the head of Braun, Rams has always been an advocate of good functional design.
He even came up with 10 principles that non-designers can use in order to evaluate if a design is good or not.
6- Jim Wicks
Back in the day, Motorola was one of the trendiest cellphone manufacturers.
When Motorola first unveiled its Moto Razr, it was an instant hit and made Motorola lead the entire cellphone market.
The man behind the ingenous RAZR design was Jim Wicks, who before transforming Motorola was leading Sony’s famous innovation center.
5- Marc Newson
Marc Newson is an award-winning designer with works that ranges from furniture to aircraft and luxurious yachts.
In addition to being one of the most influential designers of his generation, Newson’s works are featured in many contemporary design museums all over the globe.
4- Lloyd Groff Copeman
Lloyd Copeman was an American inventor (before the term “product designer” was coined) whose inventions became the foundation of many products that are used today.
Things like the electric stove and the ice cube tray are all inventions of this exceptional man, along with more than 700 products that are patented under his name.
3- Eva Zeisel
Eva Zeisel is the iconic industrial designer who helped the ceramics industry become as popular as it is today.
Throughout her career, Zeisel has designed more than 100,000 pieces and was the first woman to ever have a solo MOMA exhibit.
2- Zaha Hadid
Despite being more known for her work as an architect, Zaha Hadid had designed hundreds of products that have the same aesthetics that made her world-famous.
This Pritzker Prize winner has designed products that range from jewelry and furniture to luxury yachts.
1- Philippe Starck
Philippe Starck is an advocate of democratic design and an iconic product designer whose works spans different disciplines.
Asides from creating beautiful, useful and democratic designs, Philippe Starck’s work is known for its political messages, which gives his work even outstanding.
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