Journal Article

Industrial Design at Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1934–1967

JIM LESKO

in Journal of Design History

Published on behalf of Design History Society

Volume 10, issue 3, pages 269-292
Published in print January 1997 | ISSN: 0952-4649
Published online January 1997 | e-ISSN: 1741-7279 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/10.3.269
Industrial Design at Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1934–1967

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This article seeks to reconstruct the history of the Industrial Design (ID) programme at Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT). Established in 1934, CIT's programme was the first of its kind in the United States. Eye witnesses such as the first ever graduate in ID, Maud Bowers, and Professor Robert bepper, on the faculty from 1930 to 1975, shared their memories with the author in order to establish a more reliable account of the initial stages of the programme. Donald Dohner, who taught at CIT until 1935, emerges as mainly responsible for the curriculum which for the most part is still being used by most ID programmes in the United States. He therefore rightly deserves the title ‘Father of Industrial Design Education in America’. Finally, this study will explore how the programme eventually developed and in which way it changed its direction relative to its original philosophy.

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Subjects: History of Art ; Art Forms ; Industrial and Commercial Art ; Art Styles

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