De­sign Mu­seum’s Ria Hawthorn is a For­mosa fan

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Trained as a prod­uct de­signer, For­mosa holds a Masters and Ph.D in er­gonomics and biome­chan­ics, im­bu­ing his de­signs with a tech­ni­cal us­abil­ity that’s un­der­pinned by se­ri­ous re­search.

The Ford SmartGauge, for ex­am­ple, has to com­mu­ni­cate a lot of in­for­ma­tion in the 0.5 seconds that driv­ers can take their eyes off the road to look at the in­stru­ment dash­board. It’s de­signed to re­duce glance time, keep­ing driv­ers safe while simultaneously help­ing them im­prove their ef­fi­ciency; man and ma­chine work­ing in har­mony.

All of For­mosa’s prod­ucts, from the simplicity of his kitchen uten­sils to the com­plex­ity of IBM’s first per­sonal com­puter, have a pos­i­tive im­pact on those who use them. His phi­los­o­phy of in­clu­sive de­sign is be­com­ing ever-more in­te­gral to in­dus­trial de­sign to­day.

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