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Industrial Design Faculty and Staff

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William Prindle

Assistant Professor, Industrial Design

Mailing Address

Industrial Design Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-5758
Office: 160 Design

William Prindle is the principal of William Prindle Design in Santa Barbara, California. Will's approach to contemporary design addresses the aesthetic and functional aspects of everyday objects. His firm assists domestic and international clients in developing new products from concept through manufacture. More than 1,000 of Prindle's designs have been put into production. His client list includes firms in Belgium, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Taiwan, as well as in the United States.


Rhode Island School of Design Master of Industrial Design
Rhode Island School of Design Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture

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Research Interests

- Product design and materials investigation for utility and defense of public     spaces.

- Digital manufacturing and imagery.

- New materials and manufacturing techniques.

Current Projects

-Development of bomb resistant trash and recycling containers for soft-target public spaces with the support of several government agencies (ATFE, FBI, Army Corps of Engineers, etc).

- The researching the role/definition of "work" in our current 21st century culture and the redefining of terms such as "accuracy", "craftsmanship" and "workplace". The academic research will be conducted while building functional hand tools based on 18th century decorative examples of craftsmen's tools but manufactured using 21st century technology (Powdered Metal Laser Sintering, water jet, rapid prototyping, etc.) and 21st. century decorative forms.

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