Lauren Platts

Lauren Platts, IDSA
Lead Industrial Designer
GE Appliances

Lauren Platts, IDSA, is a lead industrial designer in refrigeration at GE Appliances in Louisville, KY.  She is a recent graduate of Purdue University where she was named Outstanding Senior in industrial design, art and design, and visual and performing arts.  She also has been named the 2016 Purdue IDSA Student Merit Award Winner. Platts focuses her design on developing humane products and user experiences that genuinely improve the lives of others.

Adapting Tradition to the Future

The future of design education should be as changing and iterative as design itself.  But, finds Lauren Platts, IDSA, the model for design education also should look to the past for insights.  She reveals how the removal of grade-level segregation, coupled with a departmental, apprenticeship-style relationship with a company, set up the perfect incubator for creativity, exploration, problem solving and practical skill acquisition, while allowing students, educators and industry professionals to learn from each other.