Joel Wittkamp

Joel Wittkamp

Joel Wittkamp

  • B.F.A., industrial design, University of Illinois
  • M.I.D., Royal College of Art, London, England
First year at SCAD:

"Having had a professional industrial design company for more than 25 years, I've been able to learn and experience all aspects of the design profession. Being able to share this knowledge is an opportunity, not a job."


Products designed have grossed more than $50 billion in sales; more than 200 patents including those for IBM, Rubbermaid and Dow Chemical

Awards, recognition and honors

Recognized as "Distinguished and Accomplished" faculty by SCAD and BusinessWeek magazine; designed products that have won numerous domestic and international awards including a "gold" for the best designed products in America by the Industrial Design Society of America


Industrial Design Society of America, Society of Artists and Designers (England), Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Plastic Engineers, S.E. Center for Business Growth & Entrepreneurship, national advisor committee, Consumers United of California

Publications and presentations

  • "Ideation and Generating Ideas," national speaker, IDSA Lecture Series
  • "Ideation: The Art of Generating Ideas," NCSU Press
  • "Creativity: Why & How" and "A Designers Challenge," Design Quarterly Review

Previous Positions

Owner and CEO, Joel Wittkamp Design Inc.; industrial design department head, Scientific Control; director, industrial design department, technical services and development metals division, Dow Chemical; associate professor of design, School of Design, North Carolina State University, 1976-86; assistant professor of design, San Jose State University, 1972-76; first-year master, Central College of Art, London, England, 1970-71

On the Web

Courses Taught

  • IDUS 312 Manufacturing and Assembly Technology
  • IDUS 733 Entrepreneurship for Designers
  • IDUS 755 Directed Studies in Industrial Design I
  • IDUS 765 Directed Studies in Industrial Design II
  • IDUS 790 Industrial Design M.F.A. Thesis