Tucker Viemeister

Product/Industrial Designer / United States / Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Professional Experience:

Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), NY. Director of Special Projects. RAA is the largest interpretive museum design firm in the world. Projects include the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center in Russia and a new “New York Experience” in New York City.

Rockwell Group, NY. Lab Chief: Research & Development Lab (www.Lab.rockwellgroup.com) combines art and science, encompassing the material and image library, modeling and prototyping resources, and especially digital interaction design.
VP Creative: founded a collaborative studio dedicated to innovation for big brands like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Starwood. Other projects include Jet Blue JFK Terminal, Gap, Las Vegas mall for MGM, and an installation for the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Springtime-USA, NY. President. Partnership with the Dutch industrial design company has clients like Heineken, Kate Spade, and Nike. Springtime founded a studio with Rockwell Group dedicated to creating innovative things for Coca-Cola (including Red Lounge for teens and the CCCruiser electric delivery vehicle)

Razorfish, NY. Executive vice president, Research & Development. Built the physical industrial design capabilities and helped direct Razorfish on a global level. Involved in landing clients like Vodaphone, P&G, Ford, and Nike, as well as internal programs like “Flying Fish,” “School of Fish,” and the Science Summit, and serving on the Management Council. His inclusive methodology on projects like the dental port: Cieos, and conceptual explorations like the implanted “Headphone,” extended interface across platforms, including virtual products

frogdesign, NY. Creative director, head of New York studio, and ambassador. Organized and opened the frogNY’s multidisciplinary team. Projects included brand positioning and packaging for Nescafé; concept proposals, branding, and packaging for Motorola’s satellite communication systems Iridium and Teledesic; branding and packaging for Uniliver’s men’s personal care sport product line; design exploration for a single-use camera for Agfa; and concept exploration of a high-tech/ergonomic sports bra.

Smart Design Inc. (originally Davin Stowell Associates), NY. Founder and vice president. Most successful products are the widely acclaimed Oxo "Good Grips" universal kitchen tools; the advanced technology Serengeti sunglasses, packages, and catalogues; Black & Decker's best-selling Metropolitan toaster; the ergonomic/psychonomic Home Phones for Cicena; appliances for Cuisinart; $10 million worth of wacky Joe Boxer watches for Timex; and lots of other comfortable, practical, profitable, and fun stuff

Ted Muehling, Brooklyn, NY. Technical and production director, business manager, and partner of the Coty Award-winning high fashion jewelry designer

Wyman & Cannon Co., New York, NY. Originated and developed street furniture, information kiosks, signage, maps, typography, and some symbols for the National Zoo and the National Mall in Washington DC. Designed the scheme for the successful Wyman-Gordon exhibit for the Paris Air Show. Other clients included Oxford Development, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Baltimore Rapid Transit, Chrysler Corp., and Hotel El Presidente Chapultepec

Industrial Design Workshop 74, Santarem, Portugal. Assistant to Gerald Gulotta. Instructed and supervised Portuguese students designing ceramic tiles, glass, textiles, and dinnerware for local industry

Ohio Silver, Yellow Sprints, OH. Owner/Operator. Successful “hippie” jewelry store experimenting with design, manufacture, and retail of precious metal jewelry, stained glass, and leather goods

YMCA, Berkeley, CA (Alternative Service) Youth department supervisor and in-house photographer

Vie Design Studios, Inc., Yellow Springs, OH. Junior designer, working in father's industrial and graphic design business

Norman Mahan, Jewelry, Yellow Springs, OH. Handcraft jewelry production

Dayton Daily News, Dayton, OH. Paper boy


1974: Pratt Institute, New York, NY, Bachelor Industrial Design (BID)
1967: Shimer-in-Oxford (UK)
1966–68: Shimer College, Mt. Carroll, IL.
1963–66: Yellow Springs High School, OH
1954–61: Antioch School, OH


Architectural League of New York, Vice President
IDSA (Fellow)
International Design Network Foundation, President
Rowena Reed Kostellow Fund, Chair

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