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educator , lecturer , visiting professor , industrial designer

Michael Dale McCoy, American designer, educator. Recipient award Interiors magazine, 1980, 84; recipient Communication Graphics award American Institute Graphic Design, 1980, award American Society Interior Designers, 1982. 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).

Background

McCoy, Michael Dale was born on September 16, 1944 in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, United States. Son of Kenneth K. and Bernice (Finch) McCoy.

Education

Michael McCoy graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Industrial Design.

Career

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.

Achievements

  • In recognition of his influence on design education, McCoy has received the American Center for Design Education Award, the IDSA Education Award and the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design. In 2005, Michael and Katherine McCoy were presented the first ever Design Mind National Design Award by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. This award “recognizes visionaries who have affected a paradigm shift in design thinking or practice through writing, research, and scholarship”. McCoy continues to practice design through his work with McCoy and McCoy and as a founding partner in Fahnstrom/McCoy Design Consultants in Chicago.

    His new line of furniture is due for release in 2009.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Problem Solving in the Man Made Environment, 1974. Editorial board: Industrial Design magazine, New York City, since 1978.

Membership

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).

Connections

Son of Kenneth K. and Bernice (Finch) McC. M. Katherine J. Braden, June 24, 1967. 1 daughter, Anne Marie.

father:
Kenneth K. McCoy

mother:
Bernice (Finch) McCoy

spouse:
Katherine J. Braden