Patricia Moore’s Remarkable Career Designing for a Better World

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Design Milk is excited to announce the first lecture of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies Design Conversations Lecture Series for the 2023/2024 academic year, featuring the renowned industrial designer and gerontologist Patricia Moore of MooreDesign Associates. In this captivating Design Conversation, Patricia Moore delves into her illustrious career and her experiences as a designer, including her early years spent working alongside Raymond Loewy and the challenges she faced as the only female designer in the studio.

During the lecture, Patricia sheds light on her groundbreaking work in universal design, with a particular focus on creating designs that cater to the needs of the elderly and individuals with disabilities. She passionately emphasizes the vital role that design plays in enhancing the quality of life and tackling critical societal issues such as inequality and sustainability.

Patricia also shares fascinating insights into her collaborations with renowned figures in the design industry. She reveals her partnership with the legendary Julia Childs on a visionary project that reimagines the future kitchen. Additionally, Patricia discusses her collaboration with Sam Farber on the innovative OXO Good Grips line, which revolutionized kitchen utensils by prioritizing comfort, usability, inclusivity, and universal design principles.

Furthermore, Patricia provides an intriguing glimpse into her involvement in the Phoenix Light Rail project. She views this initiative as an opportunity to create a more equitable society by addressing the unique needs of individuals with disabilities.

To gain a deeper understanding of Patricia Moore’s remarkable career spanning over four decades, we invite you to watch her inspiring talk in its entirety below.

As part of expanding access to the valuable resources housed within The Vignelli Center for Design Studies at RIT, the center has launched an online archive accessible through Google Arts & Culture. By joining forces with over 2000 cultural institutions across the globe, this digital platform allows individuals with internet access to explore the Vignelli archives. The initial launch boasts an impressive collection of nearly 900 high-resolution images of artifacts from the archives. Utilizing Google Arts & Culture, users can easily search the Vignelli archives, sort them chronologically or by color, and embark on a visual journey through decades of design excellence.

We would like to extend our gratitude to RIT’s MAGIC Center for their support in presenting this lecture. Additionally, we would like to acknowledge the generosity of RIT alumnus Chris Bailey and Bailey Brand Consulting, whose contributions have made this lecture series possible.

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