An Ode to Walter D. Teague, the Father of US Industrial Design

I was very excited when I learned of the Kickstarter project to document the life of American designer Walter Dorwin Teague, to whom aviation (only one of many industries touched by his artful hand) owes a great debt of gratitude. The documentary Teague: Design and Beauty was produced by Jason A. Morris, an industrial engineer, professor and independent filmmaker.  It has been in the works since 2010 and documents the life of Teague from the beginning, including archived images of his work, renderings dating back to the 1920s.  Morris has interviewed former staff, family, historians and designers, and is this documentary is the product of three years of Morris’ life spent on careful research.

The Trailer is on YouTube and you can watch it here:

The first showing will be the Texas premiere in Austin at the IDSA International Conference, on Thursday night August 14, at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.  Anyone who happens to be at the conference should consider viewing.

The documentary will be distributed to a wider audience later this year at film festivals in fall and winter.  It will later be available on DVD and for online streaming.

Having had the privilege to work with the TEAGUE design team over the years, I can only say the legacy of Walter Dorwin Teague continues to thrive and inspire.

Featured Image: Walter D. Teague, screen capture from Trailer

Marisa Garcia

After working for sixteen years in aviation, specializing in aircraft interiors design and aviation safety equipment, and getting hands-on with aircraft cabins in hangars around the world, Marisa Garcia turned her expertise into industry insight. She has been reporting on aviation matters since 2014. Every day, she's putting words to work.

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