Paul Hatch, IDSA
President, TEAMS Design’s Chicago
Paul Hatch, IDSA, is president of TEAMS Design’s Chicago branch, which he opened in 1998. TEAMS Design has five branches with 100 industrial designers and has received more than 1,000 design awards. The firm is known for designing entire product lines for its clients and creating visual brand languages that help reposition brands.
In 2013, Hatch chaired the IDSA International Conference in Chicago: Breaking The Rules. He also chaired the regional Midwest District Design Conferences from 2004-2006. Together with Deana McDonagh, he was responsible for creating the IDSA books Impact, the Synergy of Technology, Business and Design and REALIZE–Design Means Business in 2005 and 2006.
In 2014, Hatch co-founded the non-profit organization Design House to revitalize local manufacture through design. He’s also known for founding and running an extreme debate event called Fight Club, which the New York Times calls “A Designer Slugfest.”
In April 2009, Hatch was the third design professional ever to be awarded the IDSA Midwest Honors for Outstanding Achievement, and in 2013 received the Extreme Volunteerism Award from IDSA. Hatch holds more than two dozen patents and has won just as many awards.
Statement of Candidacy
The conference world has radically changed over the last decade, and it is high time we use our learnings from experience design to evolve this key component of the IDSA and provide much more relevance and value to the membership.
IDSA now has three types of conferences—the Medical Design Conference; five District Design Conferences and the annual International Conference. They provide an irreplaceable connection for the industrial design community and a platform for exchanging new ideas and advancements. The conferences are as essential part of our personal and professional growth.
As At-Large Director, my goal would be to improve the conferences’ relevance and value to the design community. Working with conference chairs and with members, I will spearhead a series of task forces to improve the user experience, value proposition and cultural relevance of each of the conferences and the role they play in the advancement of industrial design.