Paul Hatch, FIDSA


Paul Hatch, FIDSA, is the former founder and CEO of TEAMS Design in Chicago, currently researching for his Ph.D. in Learning Sciences with specialization in Cognitive Psychology and Computer Science. Paul also serves as an expert witness defending companies’ intellectual property rights in major patent cases.

During his time with TEAMS Design it grew to have five global branches with over 100 industrial designers and has now 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.

Paul has worked in several elected and appointed positions at IDSA and in 2016, he was inducted into the IDSA Academy of Fellows.  In 2013, Hatch chaired the IDSA International Conference in Chicago themed ‘Breaking The Rules’ and chaired regional district 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. Paul has also written articles for many other magazines and journals including Innovation, and has been interviewed and featured in many other publications and several podcasts.

In 2014, Hatch co-founded the non-profit organization Design House to help 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 called “A Designer Slugfest.”

Hatch is named inventor on more than fifty patents and has been awarded just as many awards, including the IDEA gold award and Business magazine’s ‘Design of the Decade Award’.

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