Vice President of Historical Resources and Chief Curator, The Henry Ford
Marc Greuther is Vice President of Historical Resources and Chief Curator at The Henry Ford Museum—which earned IDSA's Special Award 2016. He has a bachelor’s degree in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and over three and a half decades of experience with collections at The Henry Ford. His seven years as a member of the institution’s Historic Operating Machinery Unit involved him in the operational stewardship of a wide range of artifacts—from 19th century machine tools and steam engines to late 20th century robots and production equipment.
As curator of industry and design, Greuther has broadened and deepened the institution’s technology, innovation and design holdings, particularly through the acquisition of several significant archival collections. As chief curator, he leads the curatorial team and the development of curatorial strategy. Greuther has made many media appearances on behalf of the institution—most recently as part of The Henry Ford’s "Innovation Nation" television show for CBS and as a writer for Make magazine and the Society for the History of Technology’s quarterly, Technology and Culture. In 2010, Greuther served on IDSA’s Designs of the Decade jury.
Defining Excellence: A Look Inside the IDEA Jury Process and the Impact of Design Awards
IDC & IDEA Ceremony
August 24, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join members of the 2023 IDEA Jury for a panel discussion on the intersection of sustainability, accessibility, and social impact. These thought leaders will delve into the evaluations and how the top IDEA winners are addressing social issues and moving the conversation of circular design forward.
We will discuss entry trends and what the jury wants to see more of, and how crucial it is to incorporate sustainable practices and materials into the design process, ensuring products are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also environmentally friendly. We will also address the vital aspect of accessibility, discussing how inclusive design can empower individuals with diverse abilities and create products that are usable by everyone, regardless of their physical or cognitive limitations.
This panel aims to inspire designers and innovators to embrace a holistic approach that includes sustainable and accessible design principles, ultimately fostering a more equitable and environmentally conscious society.
The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is one of the longest running and most prestigious design awards programs in existence. IDEA winners are responsible for some of the most successful and significant products ever created.