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Industrial Design alumni receive international awards for innovative designs

Industrial Design (Product Design) alums Adam Carter ’16, Paul Rossetto ’95 and Rachel Wallace ’05 were recognized at the 2020 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for their designs that promote innovation and excellence. 

Every year IDEA honors products and services that enhance, influence and push the industrial design industry forward. Entries are reviewed by a jury of designers and leaders in various industries. 

Carter and Rosetto both worked on products for Milwaukee Tool, including a rod cutter and a digital torque wrench. Their designs help improve safety and efficiency on the job site. 

Wallace and her team at Delve created a portable tool that uses virtual reality technology to help patients with rehabilitation. The tool helps make rehab more enjoyable with immersive activities that employ game design to engage patients and keep them motivated.


Milwaukee M18™ Brushless Threaded Rod Cutter, designed by Adam Carter ’16

M12 FUEL™ 3/8” and 1/2” Digital Torque Wrenches w/ ONE-KEY™, designed by Paul Rossetto ’95 and his team at Milwaukee Tool

REAL Immersive System, designed by Rachel Wallace ’05 and her team at Delve 


Overture Center gallery hosts MIAD alumni

Two alumni from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) are exhibiting work at Madison’s Overture Center. Cassandra Smith ’06 (Sculpture) and Stacey Steinberg ’04 (Drawing) both have work on display in separate galleries at the performing arts space.

Battle of the Bands: Product Design class showdown

French Renaissance alt rock met space cowboy country from the future in one Product Design class at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Students in Storytelling: Compelling Narrative of the Design Process were tasked with creating a band, complete with newly designed instruments, stage plots and lighting, costumes and even a feature on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Ordinary people doing extraordinary work: Growing Resistance

In the 50th anniversary year at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), the college presents “Growing Resistance: Untold Stories of Milwaukee’s Community Guardians,” an exhibition in the Brooks Stevens Gallery running January 8 – March 2, 2024. Related programs include zine making, a book club, student-guided tours and a story circle with community partners.

Metalwork and molds: MIAD alum on Kohler Residency

Eye-opening and awe-inspiring: this is how Nirmal Raja ’08 (Painting) describes learning to work with liquid metal. The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) alum recently completed the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Residency in Kohler, Wisconsin.


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