IDSA Ambassadors

The Industrial Designers Society of America's IDSA Ambassadors program supports the industrial design profession with a primary focus on research, thought leadership and advocacy. IDSA Ambassadors receive recognition, exclusive discounts, marketing and media outreach and the opportunity to post their INsights on industrial design and related fields on 


Eric Quint, IDSAChief Design Officer

3M Design is the creative engine driving design for brand and innovation at 3M. Inspired by collaborative creativity, this global team of diverse talent creates meaningful and consistent brand experiences that translate insights into new solutions.  It’s not unusual for teams to encompass a combination of expertise, from product to brand to user experience to graphic design and so on. This multi-disciplinary design approach to explore thousands of materials and technologies enables the design team to work with colleagues across 3M–from R&D to marketing to business and manufacturing–to push new ideas forward. As a catalyst for change, 3M Design applies integrated thinking to identify future customer needs that tap into insights, advance technology applications and innovate industries. Outcomes have not only enriched 3M innovation, but also presented creative opportunities to help make life better around the world.

Subject Matter Expertise for Media
Automotive and Transporation; Commerical and Industrial; Office and Productivity; Home and Bath; Medical and Scientific
Fields: Design Strategy; Design Research; Digital Design



William Cesaroni, IDSA, Founder and President

Bill Cesaroni incorporated Cesaroni Design Associates, Inc. in 1979.  As founder and president, he is responsible for the firms strategic planning and remains actively involved in the industrial design of every project.  Bill has a bachelor’s degree in industrial design and a master’s degree in packaging engineering, both from Michigan State University.  He is also featured in Who’s Who in Design: The Leading Designers of the World.

Cesaroni Design has won over one hundred design awards (including seven IDEA Awards), however they are best known for their ability to create products that are beautiful, user focused and can be manufactured at a profit.  Cesaroni Design also has a high respect for all the other professions that are required to bring a product to the market place.  They know very well that In the real world of product development, no individual designs a product alone.  The design process is truly a team effort.   If a company is seeking an experienced group of industrial designers who work extensively with both in-house and foreign engineering,  please review their web site and contact Bill Cesaroni for a meeting.  Cesaroni Design’s three geographic locations and extremely diversified experience, makes them an ideal partner with most potential clients.

Subject Matter Expertise for Media
 Major Appliances; Consumer Products; Fitness & Recreation; Commercial Equipment; Consumer Electronics; Furniture Systems; Housewares; Medical & Laboratory
Fields: Product Design; Design Strategy; Design Research; User Experience



John Skabardonis, PhD, A/IDSA, Design Advocate, Covestro North America

Dubbed by its CEO Patrick Thomas as a “one-year startup with a 60-year history”—Covestro, since September 2015, has carried on the tradition of Bayer MaterialScience. Covestro is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America—manufacturing high-tech materials and developing innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are: automotive; electrical and electronics; construction; medical; and sports and leisure. The Covestro group has 30 production sites around the globe and employs about 15,800 people. EcoVadis has ranked Covestro with a “Gold” sustainability rating—in the top two percent of the 20,000 EcoVadis ratings.

Subject Matter Expertise for Media:
Products: Automotive; Electrical and Electronics; Construction; Medical; and Sports and Leisure
Fields: Wide Range




Michael P. Gallagher, IDSA, Vice President, Design Center

Crown Design designs, manufactures, distributes, services and supports material handling products that provide customers with superior value. Since 1956, Crown has distinguished itself with exceptional product designs and a business approach based on vertical integration. Crown designs and manufactures 85 percent of its lift truck components, including key parts like motors, drive units and electronic modules.

Subject Matter Expertise for Media
Commercial and industrial Transportation; Productivity
Fields: Design Education; Design Research; Design Strategy




Since 1991, Metaphase Design Group has been partnering with several of the world’s most prestigious and influential brands and high-profile start-ups to create award-winning product and packaging designs that rejuvenate markets, create new product categories and shape unique consumer brand experiences. Through research, human factors engineering, ergonomics, product and packaging design and user-centered innovation strategy, Metaphase’s portfolio ranges from drug delivery and robotic surgical systems, and powered and manual instrument design to disposables, mobile and wearable devices, and IFU’s and HE-75 research programs.





Hong-Pyo Kim, Head of Samsung Design America

Established as a leader of home appliance back in 1696, Samsung Electronics is now endeavoring in the Infotainment business - information, telecommunication, and audio & video as well as lifecare business, including health care, environment& energy, and convenient services, to shape tomorrow's society into one complete picture, not limited to the excitement of modernity and the expectation of renowned quality for all. To enable all our worldwide customers to access a more convenient and 'smarter' life, our three business divisions - Consumer Electronics, IT & Mobile Communications, and Device Solutions - serve as the main pillars for generating synergy and delivering products and services with unrivaled quality.

As a recognized leader in the global IT industry with about 200 subsidiaries around the world, we set ourselves apart from the competition in manufacturing, R&D, marketing, and services with the help of our local subsidiaries in respective regions while tirelessly pursuing disruptive innovation and creating values.
Subject Matter Expertise for Media
Products: Computer Equipment; Entertainment Products; Wearable and Fitness Products; Health Equipment; Office and Productivity; Commercial and Industrial; Packaging & Graphics
Fields: Design Strategy; Product Design; Experience Design, Engineering, and Service Design


John Barratt, IDSATEAGUE President and CEO; IDSA Board Chair 2015-2017

TEAGUE is the original design consultancy. Founded in 1926 by design pioneer Walter Dorwin Teague, TEAGUE’s portfolio spans many firsts: the Polaroid camera, the UPS truck, the Texaco service station, the Pringles canister and the Xbox. Along the way, TEAGUE has designed the interior of every Boeing commercial airplane every produced—including the 787 Dreamliner. Today, TEAGUE is 300+ thinkers and doers with talents spanning everything from industrial design and interaction design to branding and robotics. All of TEAGUE’s talents are focused specifically on travel and technology innovation, working on projects such as the NIKE + TEAGUE Athlete’s Plane; next-generation devices for Intel and Samsung; the DENNY Bicycle; and the Boeing 777X. John Barratt, president and CEO of TEAGUE since 2004, currently serves as Chair of IDSA’s Board of Directors.

Subject Matter Expertise for Media
Automotive and Transportation; Consumer Electronics; Consumer Goods and Services
Fields: Strategic Consulting; User Experience




David Turner, ARCA  Vice President, Design and Business Innovation

Techmer PM LLC is a leading materials design company that has been developing creative materials solutions for customers since it was founded in 1981.   With a focus on how to modify and fine‐tune the properties of technical polymers, the company thrives on partnering and collaborating with plastics processors, fabricators, designers, specifiers and brand owners.

Drawing on a broad portfolio of resins –– from polypropylene to PEEK –– Techmer PM helps consumer and industrial product manufacturers enhance product function and appearance in scores of end use markets, and helps solve difficult business, product design, manufacturing and sustainability challenges.

Subject Matter Expertise for Media
Advanced additives; custom colors; engineered compounds; and branded products for enhancing polymers, fabrics and fibers
Fields: Materials Design, collaborative product development, polymer science, formulation methodology, digital color technology, innovation and sustainability


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