John Barratt, president and CEO of TEAGUE, one of the most established and respected design firms in the world, has assumed the position of Chair of the Board of Directors of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) as it marks its 50th anniversary. Several other new members of the Board also took office on May 1, 2015.
Barratt has dedicated his time to building on the heritage of TEAGUE, which was founded in 1926 by industrial design icon Walter Dorwin Teague, FIDSA. Barratt also has strengthened TEAGUE’s partnerships with some of the world's leading brands such as The Boeing Company, Microsoft, Samsung and Intel. He has pushed TEAGUE’s longstanding mission “to build a new and better world” into the 21st century.
Barratt earned his master’s degree in industrial design from Leicester Polytechnic, UK and his bachelor’s degree in three-dimensional design from Teesside Polytechnic, UK.
"I have always admired IDSA for its dedication to the design community,” he said. “I am honored to be elected Chair, and look forward to working with the Board to advance the profession of industrial design.”
Barratt succeeds Charles Austen Angell, founder, president and CEO of Modern Edge, who becomes Chair Emeritus of the Board.
"I would like to extend a very warm welcome to John and to all the new directors," said IDSA Executive Director Daniel Martinage, CAE. "An equally big thanks goes to our retiring directors, especially Austen, for his stellar dedication and leadership as Chair these past two years."
The other new members of IDSA’s Board of Directors include: Chapter Vice President Rebecca Alvord of GE Appliances; Secretary/Treasurer and IDSA Life member George Daniels of Daniels Development Group, LLC; At-Large Director Mieko Kusano of Sonos; and South District Vice President Chris Livaudais of inReality. Marianne Grisdale of TEAMS Design USA previously served as Secretary/Treasurer; she is now Midwest District Vice President. Jason Belaire of Enfoque Design has been re-elected to a second term as West District Vice President.
An election was held in March; the results were certified by auditors.
Members continuing on the board are: Section Vice President Sean Hägen of BlackHägen Design; Education Vice President Ayse Birsel of Birsel + Seck; At-Large Director Megan Neese of Nissan Motor Limited; and Northeast District Vice President Jeremy Van Hill of Radius PD.
A revision of the IDSA Bylaws also has been approved.
The election marks the latest development in IDSA's 50th anniversary year. The Society hosted five District Design Conferences in the spring. From August 19 to 22 in Seattle, IDSA will host its International Conference: Future of the Future, chaired this year by Surya Vanka. Registration opens May 14, 2015. IDSA's second Medical Design Conference. chaired by Mary Beth Privitera, is s set for Oct. 20-22 at Tampa's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation.