James Rudolph, IDSA

James Rudolph, IDSA
Senior Industrial Designer & Program Manager

James Rudolph, IDSA, is a senior industrial designer and program manager at Farm. He has experience in user research, usability testing, human factors, program management and strategy. At Farm, Rudolph has worked for clients, including General Electric, DePuy Mitek, Symmetry Medical, Teva and Mako.

Rudolph graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with a BS in industrial design, and holds a master’s degree in human factors from Bentley University. He taught human factors and design courses at Massachusetts School of Art and Design, and has lectured on design and ethnography for UPA, IDSA, University of Cincinnati and Northeastern University.

Panel Discussion | Medical Design Development Opinions from Leading Design Consultancies & Corporations


There are many valid reasons industrial design is involved in medical design development.  While its contribution to medical devices is recognized by various awards, there are still challenges faced by ID.

For example, how do we justify ID contributions in the light of design control? Or defend our position amongst core scientists?  How do we know when it is appropriate to hire an ID firm and how are we sure it’s the correct one to meet our needs?  

This enlightening panel discussion will tackle these questions and provide insights into key issues faced by ID in the development of medical design, while inviting audience participation.