Brandon has always been fascinated by how things are made and how they might be made better. He believes that design methods can be applied to a wide range of challenges and opportunities and enjoys pushing the boundaries of what can be created, while motivating others to do the same.
Ever since he was a child growing up on a farm in rural Indiana, Brandon knew he wanted to make things. This has led him to learn and experiment with all different types of projects, materials, and methods of creation. He has spent time doing everything from welding to sewing, writing code and sketching. He believes that there isn’t anything that he can’t learn to do; only things he hasn’t learned how to do yet.
Brandon defies being typecast in any single discipline. He enjoys a wide range of design activities spanning industrial design, engineering, experience design, visual design and brand identity work. He is in residence at The Segal Design Institute at Northwestern where he teaches courses in human-centered design, industrial design, and also co-leads the masters program thesis studio for Engineering, Design & Innovation. He has also led workshops on prototyping for digital experiences at The Kellogg School of Management and led sessions on learning through making at Archeworks.
Look for the release of his Float design coming to market through Umbra in mid 2017.
Brandon holds a Master of Science in Engineering Design and Innovation from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with the Segal Design Certificate, also from Northwestern University.