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Michael E. Kidwell

Assistant Professor

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Michael E. Kidwell, Assistant Professor, believes that design has the power to enhance experiences, inform, entertain and persuade.

A self-proclaimed thinker, collaborator and doer, he is a meticulous creator and experienced industrial designer. His work has been patented, awarded, published and exhibited nationally and internationally.

At John Deere, he led a successful industrial design and brand development team. He was a member of Hallmark’s corporate design group, where he collaborated with others to develop identity standards. He brings more than 10 years’ experience as a design educator from Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Kansas. He enjoys collaborating with students — challenging them to consider context and to create the uniquely appropriate.

Kidwell holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the University of Kansas and a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

When he’s not helping others, he enjoys making/thinking, watching his kids’ activities, museums and a good life.