Austen Angell, FIDSA

Charles Austen Angell, FIDSA 
President and CEO
Modern Edge

Charles Austen Angell, FIDSA, is president and CEO of Modern Edge, a strategic design firm based in Portland, OR, that innovates within health care, wearable tech, connected devices, active lifestyles and the specialty vehicle market. Angell is also a former director at Intel, and known internationally in technology design, experience design and consumer research.

He is a former chair of the Board of Directors of IDSA, and an original trustee of the Design Foundation. In 2015, Angell was inducted into the IDSA Academy of Fellows for IDSA and then named in INNOVATION magazine as one of 50 Notable IDSA Members in the Society’s first 50 years.

Modern Edge’s clientele include NASA, John Deere, Harley Davidson, US Air Force, the government of Kenya, Eastman Chemical, Samsung, SC Johnson, Medtronic, BMW, Gillette, General Motors, Ford, St. Jude Medical and Sunbeam, as well as many Portland startup companies.

Future Tense: Virtual, Augmented and Autonomous

The future is formed through the resolution of tensions: healthcare equity v cost; climate change v industry; connectivity v privacy; human versus AI and machine control. 

When one set of tensions is resolved it often sends ripples through society—dramatically upending other markets and economic sectors. Charles Austen Angell, FIDSA, will explore the impact of augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles on society, and discuss the dramatic challenges that designers will need to help resolve in our brave new world.