Joseph Marshall Parriott, FIDSA

Joseph Marshall Parriott, FIDSA
(1920-2000)

IDSA President: 1966

US industrial designer and design educator born in Moundsville, WV and raised in Colorado. He attended Colorado University and Pratt Institute, and served as lieutenant with US Army Corps of Engineers in WW II. Parriott worked for Norman Bel Geddes and also for Raymond Loewy/William Snaith as manager of product design, where he designed the Time-Master Dictaphone (1963), which won a national design award by the Industrial Designer's Institute (IDI), and the very successful WaterPic.

After leaving Loewy, he became a consultant for Becker & Becker. In 1965, as an officer and Fellow of IDI (a predecessor of IDSA), he participated with Robert Hose of the Society of Industrial Designers (ASID) and Arthur Pulos of the Industrial Designer's Education Association (IDEA) in the merger that formed IDSA in 1965. He was president of IDSA in 1966.

Replacing Rowena Reed Kostellow, Parriott became chairman of Pratt's industrial design department in 1966, a post he held until 1990. In 1967 he led a student faculty team which designed a highly-acclaimed full-scale mock-up of a roomy and comfortable taxicab, known as "Parriott's Chariot," which unfortunately never went into production. He retired in 1992 to Cooperstown, NY.