Simon King

Simon King is the Director of the CMU Design Center at Carnegie Mellon University, a new interdisciplinary space that connects students and faculty from across campus through design.

Previously, a Design Director and Business Lead at IDEO in Chicago, he led the studio's Interaction Design discipline. His work encompasses both macro- and micro-interactions across diverse mediums and audiences including large-scale medical imaging equipment, vehicle HMI platforms, personal health apps, and financial planning tools. He holds an MDes in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a BFA in Graphic Design from Western Michigan University.


Understanding industrial design: Be playful

February 24, 2016

If you want to blend digital and physical design concepts successfully, you'll need to design products that are sensorial, simple, enduring, playful, thoughtful, sustainable, and beautiful.

Strong ideas, loosely held: The balancing act of design intuition

April 1, 2015

One of the most important principles for designers is having "strong ideas, loosely held." This philosophy allows teams with diverse backgrounds to tap into individual design intuition, bringing their unique points of view, but remaining open to change.