The future of industrial design with François Nguyen

This week Milkshake the guest is François Nguyen, design director at frog. François is based in Brooklyn and oversees the practice of industrial design across North America. His career spans nearly two decades working with clients such as Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook. He was even the lead designer of the original Beats Studio headphones for Dr. Dre during his time at Ammunition. In this interview, François discusses Frog’s unique corporate culture, the challenges industrial designers will face in the next 5-10 years, and his passion for music. Watch the episode:

While overseeing industrial design at frog, François has led the design process for a variety of products that push the boundaries of what consumer products can be. Tetra, for example, is a tabletop dishwasher concept designed for Heatworks that helps users save water and actually use the often desired but underrated appliance.

Tetra is the result of frog’s “technological interpretation” process, which leverages its customers’ technologies to go beyond project briefs, developing new product categories and unexpected end-user experiences.

Francois, who is no stranger to audio design, has also led the recent development of UNUM, an audio concept that aims to make the headphone listening experience less isolating. Their open, circular design envelops the ear without completely blocking it, showing viewers that the user can still hear and be spoken to.

Watch Francois’ Milkshake DMTV episode above, then Discover the rest of the series here.

Milkshake, the first regular series from DMTV (Design Milk TV), shakes up the traditional interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry professionals to randomly select interview questions from their favorite bowl or container. During their candid discussions, you will not only gain insight into their personal collections of household items, but also valuable insight into their work, life and passions.

Jaime Derringer, founder and editor-in-chief of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams of awesome artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite activities: running, reading, making music and design.


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