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Hartford Art School student Ethan Bodnar and industrial
designer Charles Harrison co-present their career and work. Bodnar is a
student beginning in an age of blogs and InDesign, while Harrison is a
successful designer who began his career as a military cartographer in
the 1950s. While focusing on the importance of a formal education,
Harrison and Bodnar share stories demonstrating how their education
truly never ends. Expect an engaging and thoughtful look at the
differences and similarities of these two uniquely successful designers.
Ethan Bodnar is a graphic designer in his sophomore year at the Hartford Art School. He is the author of the book Creative Grab Bag,
published by HOW Books. Bodnar founded and publishes two blogs,
including Synthesis, the Hartford Art School's blog. He is an Eagle
Scout, the online director of the University of Hartford’s student
newspaper and the president of the school’s Student Art Council. He is
also the leader and founder of the Hartford Art School’s AIGA
Connecticut student chapter and acts as the student representative on
the board. With experience as a freelance website designer, an intern
working on business strategy and marketing with Behance, and creating
theatrical lighting designs for main stage productions, he has been
interviewed on the blog Speak Up and was nominated as one of Print’s
“New Visual Artists.“ Bodnar is the recipient of the Henry Wolf Award
in 2008 and the Mohawk Fine Papers Award in 2009, both Worldstudio AIGA
Charles Harrison is a designer and educator specializing in
industrial design across multiple consumer products areas. The primary
portion of his career was spent working for Sears Roebuck & Company,
beginning as a freelancer, then as a staff designer and later as the
head of the company’s design department. A prolific designer, Harrison’s
work touched almost every area of household products from cribs to
tractors and everything in between. He executed more than 700 designs, a
significant number of which were highly successful in the marketplace,
including his iconic redesign of the View-Master in 1958 and the
first-of-its-kind plastic refuse can designed in 1963. Harrison
continues to build his legacy as a speaker on the topics of design
inclusion and education, and as an educator at Columbia College Chicago
and The School of the Art. He is the 2008 National Design Award
recipient for Lifetime Achievement and has received awards from the
Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), Executive Leadership
Council and HistoryMakers. His career is chronicled in his memoir A Life’s Design: The Life and Work of Industrial Designer Charles Harrison, published by Ibis.
See videos from the 2009
“Make/Think: AIGA Design Conference” in Memphis, featuring
Al Bell, Ethan Bodnar and Charles Harrison, Stefan Bucher, David Butler, Elizabeth Coleman, Daniel Eatock, Carin Goldberg, Nick Law, Roger Martin, Melissa Mayer, Stefan Sagmeister and many
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