BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at the University of Bridgeport will honor alumnus David Kaiser, president of Spark Design LLC, when it awards him a lifetime achievement award for industrial design from 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the Schelfhaudt Gallery in the Arnold Bernhard & Humanities Center.
The 10th annual awards event and alumni gathering for industrial design majors also will showcase work by industrial design majors graduating in May.
The evening is hosted by alumnus Art Landi, class of ’74. Awards will be presented to students in the following categories: Best Portfolio, Best Thesis, Academic Achievement and IDSA Merit.
“We’re particularly excited to honor David Kaiser this year. His contributions to Industrial Design are many and his 40-year track record in the industry is inspirational,” said Shintaro Akatsu School of Design industrial design program chairman Richard Yelle.
The program gave Kaiser the skills to work in several different product categories; from toys to medical products to consumer products.
He currently is president of Spark Design LLC, a product-development consultant firm in Meriden that specializes in creative product-design solutions. Some of his clients include Stanley Tools, Fisher Price, Bose, Gillette and Coca-Cola. He has also worked with Crayola, Black and Decker, Johnson and Johnson and Staples.
Kaiser remains actively involved with the university’s design school, acting as an IDSA Merit Awards judge responsible for selecting a senior to receive the yearly IDSA Merit Award and to represent he Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at the IDSA Northeast Conference.
Kaiser also has been a juror for many design competitions, including the Consumer Electronics Innovation Awards. He has more than 80 design and utility patents and has been awarded more than 20 design awards.
For more information on the event, click here or call Kyle Buckley at 203-576-4034.
The Arnold Bernhard Arts & Humanities Center is at 84 Iranistan Ave., Bridgeport.
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