creative:impact-The Art Of Industrial Design

Apr 10, 2018

Allen Samuels, Dean and Professor Emeritus, The Penny Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan
Credit Allen Samuels

From the outside, looking in, it may be easy to dismiss industrial design as something less than artistic.  That would be a mistake.  In fact, it is one of the engines driving the creative sector. No one knows that better than Allen Samuels.  He was worked in the field as an inventor, entrepreneur, corporate leader and teacher.  He offers up his expertise in this 'creative:impact' conversation with WEMU's David Fair and Deb Polich, President and CEO of The Arts Alliance.  


Allen Samuels

Stamps School of Art and Design

Examples of how using artistic creativity can result in creation of practical products. 

Low-cost anti-rollover Barrier for those who insist on sharing an adult bed with an infant.
Credit Allan Samuels / Stamps School of Art and Design

Robotic Cart to move a person and things.
Credit Allan Samuels / Stamps School of Art and Design

Cardboard Cradle Project  

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