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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Industrial Designer
Design Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Falafel
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/30/1937
Birth Location:
Orange, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Industrial Designer
Design Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Falafel
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/30/1937
Birth Location:
Orange
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Biography

Philadelphia native industrial designer Noel Mayo is the owner and president of Noel Mayo Associates, Inc., the first African American industrial design firm in the United States, whose clients include NASA, IBM, the Department of Commerce and Agriculture, Black and Decker, the Museum of American Jewish History and the Philadelphia International Airport.

Mayo was the first black graduate to receive a B.S. degree in Industrial Design from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1960. He later became chairperson of this department, making him the first African American chairperson of an industrial design program in the United States. He held that post for eleven years and was awarded an honorary D.F.A. degree from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1981.

Mayo has been a regularly published writer magazines and journals such as Innovation, The Wall Street Journal, and The Minority Business Journal. He has been a speaker at various international design symposiums and serves on the boards of numerous professional organizations. He was named the Ohio Eminent Scholar in Art and Design Technology in 1989 at Ohio State University where he taught product, interior and graphic design. Noel advocates alternative methods for education, accelerated learning and information distribution using new technologies and has a personal interest in developing synergistic learning products that include music, color, light and psychology. He has been instrumental in establishing various mentoring programs for minorities and establishing a directory of minority professionals in industrial, graphic, interior and architectural design.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Noel Mayo's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Noel Mayo lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Noel Mayo talks about his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Noel Mayo talks about his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Noel Mayo talks about his middle school years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Noel Mayo describes the sights, smells, and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Noel Mayo talks about Mrs. Valentine, an influential grade school teacher
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Noel Mayo talks about his activities as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Noel Mayo talks about becoming an industrial designer
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Noel Mayo describes his industrial design firm, Noel Mayo Associates, Inc.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Noel Mayo describes an exhibit in Casablanca, Morocco
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Noel Mayo describes his design philosophy and his partnership with Lutron Electronics
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Noel Mayo talks about the general public's unawareness about industrial design
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Noel Mayo talks about the ubiquity of industrial design
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Noel Mayo talks about logo design and famous logos
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Noel Mayo talks about the Organization of Black Designers and his efforts to document the work of black designers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Noel Mayo talks about a design challenge and his design process
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Noel Mayo talks about the importance of adding cultural diversity to the design world
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Noel Mayo talks about his aesthetic, the home office furniture system, and his design displays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Noel Mayo talks about racial discrimination in the design business and HistoryMaker Charles Harrison
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Noel Mayo talks about the challenge of getting clients
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Noel Mayo talks about lighting and color
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Noel Mayo describes the power of the color
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Noel Mayo talks about the impact of typeface
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Noel Mayo talks about his hopes as an industrial designer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Noel Mayo talks about designs with long-lasting and widespread impact
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Noel Mayo reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Noel Mayo describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Noel Mayo talks about how he would like to be remembered