Search for Product Design Chair at ArtCenter Yields In-House Selection

On a mission to teach designers to be a force for good in the world

Published : Monday, January 28, 2019 | 1:06 PM

ChriArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena has named design professor Chris Hacker as chairman of its product design department.

“It is my mission to teach designers that they must be a force for good in the world,” said the new chairman in a Jan. 28 statement.

ArtCenter Provost Karen Hofmann announced that Hacker officially took over the role on January 22, following a comprehensive international search.

Hacker, a professor in ArtCenter’s graduate graphic design department since 2016, has also led design teams at Herman Miller, Johnson & Johnson, and Warner Brothers Studio Store, among others.

Throughout the years, he has hired numerous ArtCenter graduates to work at those companies.

“Chris brings vast depth and breadth of design and leadership experience to the product design department and to the college at large,” said Hofmann, who led the department before becoming provost. “I am thrilled to hand the reins of this incredible program and community of students, faculty, alumni and partners to him.”

As a member of the graduate graphic design department faculty, Hacker helped develop the curriculum, focusing on strategy, design management and professional preparation.

He co-taught trans-disciplinary studio-sponsored projects and helped  prepare graduating product design students for professional life.

Hacker is a board member of ArtCenter’s FullCircle group, committed to supporting students on their educational journey and developing successful career paths.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial design degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture Art and Planning.

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