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James Read

Jamie Read
Chair, Professor
Tower 1009

With over thirty years of design experience, James has been a practicing designer since 1984. Currently providing design consulting services through JMRead, LLC, his professional work ranges from architectural furnishings, juvenile products, and eyewear to sporting goods products.

MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology - Industrial Design Major and Computer Graphics Minor; BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art - Studio Art Major and Art History Minor
Industry Experience: 

Design Consulting

  • 2012 - Present: JMRead LLC.; Design Innovation, Marshfield Massachusetts, Principal - JMRead, LLC provides consulting services by articulating innovation opportunities through user-centered design.


  • "Creating Innovation Leaders: Why We Need to Blend Business and Design Education," DMI Review Article Vol. 23, No. 4, Fall 2012
  • "Teaching User-focused Innovation," DMI Review Article Vol. 16, No. 4, Fall 2005
  • "Expansion and Compression," 2001 IDSA International Design Conference Paper, Fall 2001
  • "Contextual Issues of Design," 2000 IDSA International Design Conference Paper Fall 2000 
  • "Embracing Change," 1999 IDSA International Design Conference Paper Fall 1999


  • 2014 Core77 Social Impact Design Award.  Xylem Inc Saajhi Stepping Pump
  • 1992 GE Plastic World Student Design Competition, International Third Prize, Best of Show in Western Hemisphere
  • 1989 National Affordable Housing Competition, Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Financing Corporation, Second Place

Professional Affiliation

  • Professional Member: IDSA - Industrial Designers Society of America ; DMI - Design Management Institute


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