Vignelli Center
for Design Studies
Rochester Institute of Technology

New Book on Design by
Professor Josh Owen

Lenses for Design describes and explains the unique, creative process of American industrial designer and educator, Josh Owen. Project by project, Owen illustrates and decodes his philosophy and approach to design invention and problem solving. His designs combine clarity of purpose and functional efficacy with emotive and tactile qualities that will prove instructive and inspirational.


Owen is a designer and professor of Industrial Design at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He is a program associate at the Vignelli Center for Design Studies.  His work has been featured at the Venice Biennale and is in the permanent design collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Chicago Athenaeum, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Taiwan Design Museum, among others. Significant manufacturers in the U.S. and Europe produce his home/design, furniture, and office products, which are regularly featured in design books, periodicals and in critical design discourse. Owen’s “Build” and “Meta” design academic projects have successfully pioneered integrated practice pedagogy for the field of Industrial Design.


The book was designed by Professor Bruce Ian Meader, Professor of Graphic Design and a program associate at the Vignelli Center for Design Studies.


Lenses for Design will be available from RIT Press in October, 2016 and can be ordered at