Two product designers that has been inspirational in my career as a designer are Charles ‘Chuck’ Harrison and Sir Jonathan Ive. Their products and and design philosophy has influenced my way of thinking about a solution to a design problem.
Charles ‘Chuck’ Harrison
Charles “Chuck” Harrison is an American industrial designer who was a long time resident in Chicago until 2015. He was the first African-American executive to work at Sears, Roebuck and Company, starting in 1961 as a designer and eventually becoming manager of the company’s entire design group. He was involved in the design of over 750 consumer products, including the portable hair dryer, toasters, stereos, lawn mowers, sewing machines, Craftsman power tools, the see-through measuring cup, fondue pots, stoves, and the first plastic trash can, which has been credited with changing the sound of trash collection day. Perhaps his most famous achievement was leading the team that updated the View-Master in 1958, designing the classic Model F View-Master.
Sir Jonathan Ive
Sir Jonathan Paul Ive, KBE (born 27 February 1967) is a British designer and the Chief Design Officer (CDO) of Apple Inc. He oversees the Apple Industrial Design Group and also provides leadership and direction for Human Interface software teams across the company. Ive is the designer of many of Apple’s products, including the MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, Mac mini, iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, Apple Watch and iOS.