MIAD Industrial Design alumni win national award, secure patent for work at Milwaukee Tool
MILWAUKEE (March 15, 2019) … The spotlight is shining on MIAD industrial design alumni and their projects for Milwaukee Tool.
Justin Dorman ’12 won the Industrial Designers Society of America’s (IDSA) International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) Gold award for his design of Milwaukee Tool’s new RADIUS Temporary Site Light. Dorman was honored along with Kyle Harvey and MIAD adjunct faculty member David Proeber. Additionally, Paul Rossetto ’95 was part of a team at Milwaukee Tool that recently secured a patent for a “power tool and method for wireless communication.”
Each year, the IDEA awards recognize exceptional achievement in industrial design, design strategy and more.
Dorman, who now works for Trek, said he is honored to receive the award and proud of the light design. “It was an amazing culmination of great teamwork, long hours and executing critical details. It really is a great example of a multidisciplinary team, design, research and engineering, working together to create a product that made the worker’s task easier to execute.”
The RADIUS light features “an optical design that delivers a consistent beam, optimized color temperature and true representation of color detail,” according to the IDSA website.
MIAD’s Industrial Design program prepares students to innovate
“This award recognizes the talent of our Industrial Design graduates who excel and are recognized at the highest level of the profession, and reflects on the quality of the design education they received at MIAD,” said MIAD Industrial Design Professor Pascal Malassigné. “It is another measure of success for a company who has built its design staff almost entirely with MIAD ID graduates.”
About 75% of industrial designers at Milwaukee Tool are MIAD alumni. Trek, where Dorman currently works, employs several MIAD alumni as product designers.
“The MIAD Industrial Design program [link] helped lay the groundwork for what it takes to achieve a grounded, thoughtful and useful product design at a high level,” said Dorman. “It helped me realize that grinding away at a problem worth solving, and giving that little bit extra, is not only personally satisfying, but delivers a result that is worthy of being produced.”
Three MIAD Communication Design students received 60th anniversary American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) magazine. The students were selected from over 8,000 entries, and judged alongside professional design work. Fewer than 10% of entrants received an award.
Interior Architecture and Design (IAD) seniors from MIAD were taken to new heights on November 13 when they toured the construction site of The Couture, a 44-story skyscraper under construction that will be Milwaukee’s tallest residential and mixed-use building. The tour was part of a series of tours their senior thesis “Building Systems” class is taking with instructor Dan Kalkman, AIA.
The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) selected the design of MIAD alum Debbie Sajnani ’16 (Communication Design) for its 2023 annual ornament. The ornaments are recreated each year by artisans using a reserve painting technique, according to MAM.
For decades, Milwaukee has hosted an annual Holiday Lights Festival. To commemorate the festival’s 25th anniversary, Milwaukee Downtown will also host the new Ornament Trail this year. Five Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) alumni and one instructor, who teamed up with both students and alumni, produced giant ornaments for the event.
Sarah Eichhorn, Visiting Instructor of Fashion and Apparel Design, received the October 2023 MIAD Values Recognition Award at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Eichhorn’s nominations speak to her Kindness, Inclusiveness, Innovation and support of MIAD’s Community.