Joe Doucet (Mentor)
Joe Doucet, founder of Joe Doucet X Partners, is a designer, entrepreneur, inventor and creative director, and one of the most sought-after creative talents working in America today.
After graduating from the Art Center College of Design, he quickly began exporting his vision into product, furniture, environment and technology to find solutions for daily and societal challenges through design. His work deftly hybridises function and visual appeal while conveying layers of meaning and message.
Doucet believes that design and, more importantly, a designer’s thought process, can play a larger role in innovation and problem-solving, as well as aesthetics. He currently holds numerous patents for his designs and inventions. Doucet’s work has been exhibited globally, including at the London Design Museum and the Biennale International Design in Saint-Etienne. He has received numerous international awards, including a World Technology Award for Design Innovation and multiple Good Design Awards. He was also named the only ever AvantGuardian for Design by Surface magazine. In 2017, Doucet was named the 2018 winner of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award as Product Designer – the highest honour in his field.
As an entrepreneur, he has created and launched a myriad of businesses aimed at making the world a better place through design, including OTHR and Citizen A.