Katherine Bennett, IDSA
Professor, Industrial Design, Art Center College of Design
IDSA Board Member: 2005-2006
IDSA Education VP: 2005-2006
2020 IDSA Education Award Recipient
Katherine Bennett, IDSA is a specialist in research, strategic planning, information architecture and design development with a focus on understanding user experience through qualitative methodologies and applying this to strategic innovation. She's been a design educator at Art Center College of Design since 1988 in product design, liberal arts and graduate industrial design departments, teaching at the Pasadena and European campuses. Bennett has spoken at UCLA, USC Graduate School of Business, Design Management Institute conference on education at Stanford University, as well as IDSA's Education Symposium and Western Design District Conferences.
Bennett served as Education VP on IDSA's Board from 2005 to 2006. Her previous positions include Western District Education representative, IDSA LA Chapter chair, chair of two national education conferences and juror for IDSA's International Design Excellence Awards and Dyson competitions. Bennett has conducted research for Avery Dennison, Cannon, Borden, Acco and Berol Prismacolor. She's served as as an industrial designer for Don Chadwick, Saul Bass, Hauser, Henry Dreyfuss Associates and in her own consulting practice.
Her experience includes a full range of industrial design projects, including office and residential furniture, laboratory and business equipment, gas stations, kitchen tools and other consumer projects. At Mega / Erg, a Nissan-funded think tank devoted to advanced concepts for the office of the future, Bennett worked on solutions in workspace design, technology management and ergonomics. For German cookware manufacturer WMF AG, she designed cookware and tableware for showplace kitchens.