Michael Dale McCoy Edit Profile
Michael McCoy graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Industrial Design.
McCoy is best known as the co-chair of the graduate program in Design at Cranbrook Academy of Art where he and spouse Katherine McCoy pioneered semantic approaches to design. During his career as an Industrial Designer, McCoy has worked with corporations such as Philips Electronics, Formica Corporation, NEC, Steelcase among many. As a designer, McCoy is best known for his work with furniture manufacturer Knoll International.
Along with Dale Fahnstrom, Fahnstrom/McCoy Design Consultants designed the 5 time award winning Bulldog chair. The Bulldog is Knoll’s best selling office chair to date. McCoy’s innovative design of products, furniture, and interiors has led to museum exhibitions of his work worldwide, including the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in New York, the British Design Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, the Axis Gallery in Tokyo and the Cranbrook Art Museum.
McCoy has had a profound impact on American design and design education. In addition, he served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art in London from 1994 to 1996, and Senior Lecturer at the IIT Institute of Design from 1995 to 2003. Today, he continues to support design education through High Ground, which offers workshops on innovation and design thinking to practicing design professionals.
McCoy continues to write and lecture internationally on his strategies for interpreting technology and information. He is Co-author of Cranbrook Design:The New Discourse published by Rizolli.
Member Industrial Design Society of America (Design Excellence award 1980, 83, European Ergodesign award 1987, Gold medal 1990, Inflammatory Bowel Disease award 1990, Industrial Design magazine Best of Category award 1990).
Son of Kenneth K. and Bernice (Finch) McC. M. Katherine J. Braden, June 24, 1967. 1 daughter, Anne Marie.