Ken Krayer, IDSA, has been named the new executive director of Design West Michigan. Krayer most recently worked as an independent consultant, serving clients including Sauder Woodworking, Rhode Island School of Design and Steelcase. He is also an external reviewer to the Product Design Program and adjunct faculty in product and collaborative design at the Kendall College of Art and Design.
Previously, Krayer held the posts of director of design at Haworth, Inc. and at Details; senior designer for San Francisco-based A+O Studio; and exhibit designer for Netherlands-based Studio Dunbar. Krayer also served as an adjunct professor of industrial design at the California College of the Arts and chaired the Product Design and Furniture departments at the College for Creative Studies.
Krayer holds an MFA with a design focus on furniture, product and interior design from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a bachelor of science degree in art education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Design West Michigan has more 700 members, and is affiliated with Kendall College of Art and Design. KCAD has an IDSA Student Chapter advised by Assistant Professor John Moroney. West Michigan Design Week is held annually in April. Earlier this year, the state with the largest number of industrial designers launched a new Michigan Design Council as a key part of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2015 strategic plan to attract talent and increase economic activity.