Industrial Design Career Day Spring 2013
Award winning designer Tim Murphy currently holds the position of Global Principal with the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances, Whirlpool Corporation. Whirlpool Corporation has annual sales of more than $18billion, more than 68,000 employees, and more than 65 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. He leads a team of Industrial Designers and is consistently collaborating with engineering, marketing and most importantly the end user to deliver world class design.
As Global Principal within Whirlpool’s Advanced Design Studio, Tim travels globally working with design and engineering teams in the United States, Asia, Europe and South America. He values user centric design along with robust project team collaboration on a global level.
Prior to pursuing a career in design, Tim was an awarded distinguished military graduate serving with the United States Navy. Post military, Tim pursued and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design from Kendall College of Art and Design. While attending college, Tim was the recipient of the IDSA Student Merit Award and winner of the Kendall Milan Furniture Fair Competition. These honors allowed Tim to showcase his work on a global scale at the 2002 International Milan Furniture Fair, Salone Satellite, a section of the fair devoted to young, progressive designers.
Tim began his design career in West Michigan holding positions with several design and contract furniture companies. Along with Tim’s passion for furniture design he holds multiple design and utility patents across a number of industries including consumer products, appliances and electronics. In 2005 Tim was the winner of the OFS and Metropolis chair design competition with a design now known as the Symphony Bench, presently manufactured by OFS.
Today’s manufacturing environment demands smart, responsible design. Tim believes design can inherently be sustainable through the use of aesthetics, materials and function. Every project, large or small, is treated to challenge status quo of today’s manufacturing capabilities and practices to insure no stone is left unturned when seeking the “right way” to deliver design.