Dana W. Mox, FIDSA

David W. Mox
(1922-1998)

Inducted into the Academy of Fellows: 1980
IDSA Chicago Chapter Chair: 1979–1980
IDSA Mid-West Regional Vice-President: 1979:1980

U.S. industrial designer born in Dayton, Ohio. After graduating from high school, he went to work for National Cash Register Company as a tool and die maker while studying engineering in night school at the University of Dayton.

After serving in the Army Air Corps in World War II, in 1950 he enrolled at the Institute of Design in Chicago (affiliated with the Illinois Institute of Technology). Many famous representatives of the Bauhaus in Germany were teaching at the Institute at the time, including Mies van der Rohe, and he felt very fortunate to have studied under them. He graduated in 1954 and initially worked for Robert D. Budlong & Associates, a well-known Chicago design firm, whose major client was Zenith.

He started his own firm, Dana Mox Associates, which he operated from 1958 until his retirement in 1990. His interest lay in technical areas and especially in combining engineering with aesthetics. Among his many clients were Victor Business Machines, Hanson Scale, Lindberg-Heavy Duty, Amana Corporation, Signal Electric, Toastmaster, Dresser/Komoto, J.I. Case, Hussmann Corporation, Abbott Laboratories, Nuclear Chicago, Shure Brothers, and Bruning Corporation.

Dana was very interested in promoting the profession of industrial design. He was involved as an active member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). He served as Chair of the Chicago Chapter of IDSA, and as IDSA Mid-West Regional Vice-President 1979-1980 at the national level, he worked very hard to help form new chapters in the Midwest. Dana was awarded IDSA Fellowship in 1980 for his dedicated contributions to the society.