Gordon Randall Perry

Gordon Randall Perry is an individual devoted to design. As principal of Gordon Randall Perry Design, grpd.com, an industrial design consulting company, he designs, develops and engineers products for a wide range of companies. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. In addition, his work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; the Chicago Athenaeum, the Materials ConneXtion, the Living Design Center OZONE in Tokyo, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, an exposition about American design created for the United States Information Agency that toured Russia as well as in other local exhibitions. He was a member and former elected officer of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). He has been a guest speaker for the American Management Association, the M.I.T. Enterprise Forum, the National Art Education Association, the Design for Manufacturing Summit and the IDSA.

Gordon’s designs and viewpoints have appeared in the books: American Design, Burridge Index, Gadgets, Marketing for the Small Design Firm, Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design, Power Packaging and Product Design 2, 4, 5 and 6, as well as in the publications Attenzione, Bon Appetit, Contract, Dentaltown, Digital Arts, Family Fun, Gourmet Today, HFD, ID, Interior Design, Interiors, Metropolitan Home, Modern Office Technology, Packaging Digest, PC Magazine, PC Week, PC World, Plastics Design Forum, R&D Magazine, Sports Merchandiser, Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, Today's Office, Tools and Wireless Week. He served as editorial consultant to Interiors magazine for an issue featuring office automation and was a guest designer on the TV program 'Invention hunters' and as an expert on the program 'All American Makers'.

He has both a Master and a Bachelor of Industrial Design Degree from Pratt Institute. Subsequent to Pratt he studied with Paolo Soleri at the Soleri Architectural Workshop. He held the rank of full professor at Pratt, having taught design part-time for 14 years on the graduate and undergraduate levels. He holds thirty-five patents and is the recipient of various design awards. He also creates original ceramic work which can be seen at gordonperry.com.

Excerpts from Gordon Perry’s talks on design:

Working comfortably with the client is critical, because much of design is about human relationships. If the client wants to work with the designer, wonderful products get created

Creativity is two things; first, creating potential solutions by inventing, reshaping or rethinking concepts and then recognizing the successful solutions among the possibilities created.

Well designed products sell and the reason is that people understand immediately when a manufacturer takes the trouble to not only make their product function effectively, but to be innovative and look beautiful, that says quality in an obvious way. And well designed products are achieved through creative industrial design.

I love what I do and my goal when designing is to create a product that expresses its function and manufacture in a beautiful and clear way. It's something people relate to. To me, mass production is not just a series of design problems to be solved; it's our artist's palette that allows us to express unique concepts by the tens of thousands

We’ve got to go green. If we don’t our toxins will destroy us and if we all put forward ideas for how to solve this we can do it. Designers, in particular, have an ethical responsibility to work on this because we are creative problem solvers.

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