Warren Ginn, FIDSA

Assistant Professor - Industrial Design

Warren Ginn, FIDSA, is Assistant Professor of the Practice of Industrial Design at North Carolina State University and Principal of GinnDesign in Raleigh, NC.  Since graduating from school, he has been passionate about product design, materials and manufacturing and has a particular expertise in product designs that blend materials and processes to create innovative solutions.

Before starting GinnDesign in 2008, Warren was Senior Research Industrial Designer at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), a research institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for three years and served as the Director of Product Development for Elumens Corporation in Durham, NC. Prior to moving back to North Carolina, he worked for seven years as Senior Industrial Designer for Integrated Design Systems, a product development firm in Long Island, NY and for three years as the designer for a large structural foam molder in Fort Wayne, IN.

Warren has presented at numerous conferences and workshops hosted by organizations that include the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), the National Plastics Exposition (NPE) and the Association of Rotomolders (ARM). He is constantly promoting the value of materials and processes education within the industrial design community, as well as improving the collaboration between the industrial design, business, engineering and manufacturing communities.

He has served on the board of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and was previously Chair of the Materials and Processes Section for over 10 years. In August 2012, he was inducted in the IDSA Academy of Fellows.

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Research Interests

Warren Ginn’s research focuses on Product Development, Industrial Design, Materials and Manufacturing Processes, Design for Manufacturing


MIDMaster of Industrial DesignNC State University
BSBachelor of Environmental Design in Product DesignNC State University
Warren Ginn