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Interview: Ben Hopson, Product/Industrial Designer on Got Invention Radio


Ben Hopson is a designer, artist and educator working in Brooklyn, NY. After studying sculpture at Wesleyan University, he went on to receive his Master’s degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in 2006. He has worked extensively within the housewares industry designing products for such retailers as Macy’s, Target, Walmart, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Along with his professional design work, Hopson has taught transportation design and 3D design at Pratt Institute since 2008. He has also run design workshops at the Umea Institute of Design in Umea, Sweden.

Hopson is experienced in every phase of the Industrial Design process from conceptualization, drawing, and CAD modeling through tech. package creation, prototyping, and manufacturing. He currently works primarily as a design consultant, helping companies, inventors, and entrepreneurs bring new ideas to life. These projects have ranged from kitchen gadgets to luggage, from pet products to lighting. Along with compelling forms, Hopson specializes in creating unique interactive experiences.

Many of his designs open, close, and change shape to engage users in new ways. Most recently, he designed a piece of kinetic jewelry, a series of makeup compacts, and a transforming pendant lamp. Numerous examples of his work can be found on his website: http://www.benhopson.com.

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