Design Field Notes: Chris Hill and Prat Ganapathy

Lecture | October 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

About Design Field Notes:
Each informal talk in this pop-up series brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

About this talk:
Chris and Prat will discuss projects from their own education as designers, as well as their work at IDEO on a project for Mattel Viewmaster.

Prat Ganapathy is a Design Director at IDEO Palo Alto living at the intersection of product and health, he represents multiple centers of excellence in product development while nurturing key client relationships that showcase IDEO's capabilities. He has led and guided teams across IDEO's Palo Alto, Boston and Chicago studios where he's focussed on projects that are technically complex as well as execution-focused. His IDEO portfolio includes work in the healthcare, consumer and wearable technology. He loves the diverse field of product design that straddles industrial design, mechanical engineering and design research - the ability to work on every aspect of a challenge and then focus on the details truly drives him.

Chris Hill is a product design engineer at IDEO Palo Alto. A mechanical engineer by training, he believes in “building to think” to craft tangible experiences. Since joining IDEO, Chris has worked on projects ranging from learning toys to redesigning the voter experience for the citizens of Los Angeles County. He has also worked with clients to develop new technologies in the medical, consumer electronics, toy, and energy industries. This diversity of work has given Chris ample opportunity to expand and develop his expertise in physical product development. Before joining IDEO, Chris worked as an engineer in the automation, medical device, and electronics industries. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts.