Eric Quint

Eric Quint, IDSA
Chief Design Officer

Eric Quint, IDSA, joined 3M as chief design officer in 2013 to oversee the corporate giant’s global design organization, representing a vital, competitive platform to enhance innovation and commercialization across a broad and diverse product portfolio. Quint’s role also encompasses application of collaborative creativity as an engagement model for academia, business and governmental organizations to incite change, propel innovation and create value.

Quint previously led the global design management and consulting practice as vice president, Philips Design, where during a more than 20 year tenure, he held several senior-level positions in design, directing award-winning global teams across business-to-business and business-to-consumer industries to drive strategic partnerships, alliances and brand licensing activities forward. Quint studied industrial design at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands and holds a degree in mechanical/industrial engineering.

The Future of Design Leadership Panel

Clearly we are in a new frontier. Design is so relevant to the core of every business, that there are now new converging interests in design leadership. What is the future of design leadership? By the end of this conference, we will be closer to finding out. 

This last session is not a concluding summary of the conference, rather, it's a fresh perspective as an open dialog with some of the world’s most advanced design leaders including: Carole Bilson, IDSA, president, DMI; Sean Carney, chief design officer, Philips; Dan Harden, IDSA, president/CEO, Whipsaw; Klaus Kaasgaard, VP user experience design, Intuit; Steve Kaneko, FIDSA, partner director of design, Microsoft; Mauro Porcini, IDSA, chief design officer, PepsiCo; Eric Quint, IDSA, chief design officer, 3M; Ernesto Quinteros, IDSA, chief design officer, Johnson & Johnson; and Nasahn Sheppard, IDSA, divisional VP of product design, REI Private Brands.

The panel, led by Thomas Lockwood, PhD, IDSA, will explore alternative futures and address some of the most curious and challenging questions. Who really leads design—designers or business people? As a design leader, what is your greatest challenge? Do design leaders need business degrees, and vice versa? Is design leadership fun? What's the future for designers in corporate, consultancy and independents? What's the career path for an industrial designer that wants to stick with designing, or shift into leading?

Who leads experience design—ID, UX or customer service? Do industrial designers need to dive into holistic user experience design? Is design becoming a brand, an experience or a commodity? What are the trends in design leadership, and what are some possible future scenarios? How should an industrial designer prepare for the future? 

This is not the end of the conference; it is the beginning of the future.