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Arnold Wasserman



About Arnold

Arnold Wasserman is a pioneer in the practice of user-centered, multidisciplinary product development as a competitive business strategy. He has developed a methodology of innovation strategy for the design of products, services, new ventures, and for workplace environments that foster organizational creativity and interdisciplinary innovation. He was recently named one of “20 Masters of Design” by Fast Company magazine.

Arnold has held the positions of Vice President of Corporate Industrial Design/Human Factors at NCR, Xerox, and Unisys Corporation. He has also been Dean of Pratt Institute’s School of Design; Senior Fellow for Design Strategy at IDEO, a product development consultancy; and Director of Design for the Raymond Loewy office in Paris. He is also chairman of the Idea Factory, a consultancy based in Singapore and San Francisco, specializing in Innovation, Strategy, and Design.

Arnold is a long time member of the Professional Advisory Board of Carnegie Mellon University. He teaches yearly seminars on “Management of Innovation” at the Graduate School of Business Management, Scuola S. Anna, and University of Pisa, Italy. He lectures regularly at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas, Austin; and at the Haas Graduate School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, where he is an Adjunct Professor and a member of the Advisory Board for the new Berkeley Institute of Design.

Arnold writes and lectures frequently on design, strategy, management, and innovation. He is a member of a task force assembled by the Arlington Institute, a Washington think tank, to prepare a “Post-Petroleum Strategy for the United States”, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. He is a member of the International Advisory Panel of Singapore’s Ministry of Information, Technology, and the Arts creating a strategy to make Singapore a world hub of innovation and design. 

Arnold wrote the section on “Industrial Design” for the current edition of Collier’s Encyclopedia. He has received numerous international awards for his designs of business equipment and consumer products. Wasserman has served as chairman of the jury for Business Week’s Industrial Design Excellence Awards competition.

Arnold was chairman of INDEX: 2005, a major international design competition, conference, and exhibition that awarded “Nobel Prizes” for “Design To Improve Life” in Copenhagen, Denmark in September, 2005. He is co-chairman of INDEX: 2007.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in industrial design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Arts degree in design history and theory from the University of Chicago.