Curtis Fentress, Michael McCoy, and Arconas Launch Place™, the Latest Development in Airport Seating

3-Seat-coffee-cup_Place-1(Los Angeles, California) October 25, 2013 — The intersection between user experience and design is increasingly driving the world, and the travel industry is in the early stages of exploring it. As airports continue to evolve, so does the passenger experience.

Curtis Fentress and Michael McCoy have been talking about furniture design since they first met. Fentress, a world-renowned aviation architect, and Michael McCoy, an award-winning industrial designer, Continue reading

Designer-Friendly User-Research Methods

Published in INNOVATION, winter 2012

I am writing this article as an enthusiastic user of innovative design research tools and methods, with no claim to have invented any of them. I have had the privilege to know many of the pioneers in design research, including Niels Diffrient, FIDSA, Rick Robinson, John Cain, IDSA, Steve Wilcox, FIDSA, Paul Rothstein, John Rheinfrank and Bill Moggridge, FIDSA and have embraced and adapted many of their methods to use in my practice and teaching. I differentiate the industrial-strength methods of Wilcox, Robinson and others, which are usually applied to very complex problems, from what I am talking about here. Part of my interest has been on designer-friendly research methods that get the designer out of the studio and into the world to observe how people interact with things in real life. Read full article (PDF)

Andrew Blauvelt on the Horizon Light


The Horizon Light at the reception desk at the Walker Art Center

We were in the process of updating the museum’s main ticketing desks, searching for a contemporary lamp that would fit into our facility-wide lighting plan to switch from incandescent and fluorescent sources to LED. The Horizon Light supplements our existing lighting sources, which are a combination of artificial and day lighting, and allows our staff to control the amount of light on their work surface, directing the light to where they need it. I needed a fixture that would fulfill these needs and fit into the overall aesthetic and design of a contemporary art museum. The Horizon Light’s innovative flat-panel LED creates a luminous, even plane of light and the minimalist armature articulates fluidly and naturally. Unlike the first generation of LED task lights, Horizon is a rare combination of an elegant, simple, and clear design that works.

Andrew Blauvelt, Curator of Architecture and Design, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Michael McCoy to Present at the Tivoli Center Wednesday, Oct 24

Michael McCoy will speak about designing with a new lighting technology.

Michael McCoy is the first recipient, with Katherine McCoy, of the Smithsonian’s Design Minds National Design Award for, in the words of the museum “affecting a paradigm shift in the design profession”.

His new Humanscale Horizon Light (designed with Peter Stathis) has won over 20 international design awards including the Red Dot Award and the IDSA Gold Award and is in the permanent design collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, The Denver Art Museum and the Kirkland Museum. McCoy is the former Director of 3D Design for the influential Cranbrook Academy of Art.

WED. OCT 24, 2012 @ 7:00pm TIVOLI 640 : THE TOWER
Tivoli Center 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO, 80204
Limited Seating

RSVP no later than Oct. 16th to:

$10.00 cash only entrance fee. IDSA members free

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Michael McCoy and Peter Stathis’ Horizon™ Recognized with Gold IDEA® Honor

Latest Accolade Marks Innovative Task Light’s 20th Design Award

NEW YORK — Humanscale’s Horizon, designed by Peter Stathis and Michael McCoy, adds to its increasingly long list of accolades with the prestigious International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) at the highest (Gold) level from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).

“We could not be more thrilled with Horizon’s success,” said Pooja Vig, director of lighting at Humanscale. “All the awards Horizon has won, and especially this latest honor from IDSA, are evidence that other key players in the industry are recognizing Horizon for what we’ve always seen it to be—uniform, ergonomic light in the most beautiful, user-friendly design possible.”

As one of the most celebrated and coveted honors in the design community, the annual IDEA has been promoting business and public understanding about the societal impact of industrial design excellence since 1980. This year, Gold, Silver and Bronze winners were selected for each of 17 industry segments, with Horizon prevailing as a Gold winner in the Office and Productivity segment.

This honor from IDSA marks the 20th award that Horizon has won. Just last month, Horizon also received appliance DESIGN’s Excellence in Design award at the highest (Gold) level. Horizon’s extensive, ever-growing list of other awards includes a Red Dot Award for Product Design, a Gold IDA Award and an IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovation Award, among many others.

Following the conclusion of the annual IDSA International Conference in Boston, Mass., IDEA 2012 winners will be honored at a ceremony and gala on August 18, 2012. The winning products will be housed in The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich., and will appear in the IDEA 2012 online image gallery, as well as in the fall Yearbook issue of Innovation magazine. The winners will also be highlighted by a number of IDEA’s media partners.

Karen Brooking