Jason Morris, IDSA

Director of Industrial Design, Western Washington University

Jason Morris, IDSA

Jason Morris is Professor and the Director of Industrial Design at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Prior to his career switch to academia, he was a consulting product designer and a principal of the design firm tool. near Boston.

Jason earned his Master's of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He has been focusing his research on industrial design history, social purpose innovation, three-dimensional form, and creativity. He is the filmmaker of the biographical documentary film about the pioneer industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague, entitled Teague: Design & Beauty.

Breaking Down Barriers & Crossing Aisles: Enhancing ID Education with User Experience Design

Co-Presenter: Panel Discussion

Track 2

Wed - Sept. 22

6:00pm EDT

A discussion on design education, multidisciplinary teams and industry collaborations

In this panel we will discuss how design education responds to emergent technology through a multidisciplinary user experience design minor, focusing on cross-disciplinary teams in collaboration with industry. We’ll talk about how to address historical challenges facing design education, such as identifying a comprehensive theoretical framework and its impact on the profession. The session will culminate in how to adapt the educational environment for industry collaboration in a meaningful and productive way to meet ever-changing and challenging circumstances.

Co-presenting with James Rudolph, IDSA and William Nickley, IDSA