Andy Law is an Associate Professor in Industrial Design at RISD and the Chair of the Scottish Orkney Island based charity the Erlend Williamson Art Fellowship. He is also the leader of RISD’s Cluster for Open Data Research CODR and until the end of 2012 a City of Providence commissioner on the Open Providence Commission for Transparency and Accountability.
During RISD’s 2012/2013 academic year Andy is instructing the first year graduate students through Industry supported projects including Identity and Entrepreneurship and Procedural Green and two sophomore special topic studios Open Data and Interaction Design Disruption.
He will be continuing on from last year’s Extra Medium lectures with a collaborative series in conjunction with the University of Northumbria in Newcastle, UK and is co-authoring a blog around the subject of accessible manufacturing called Medium Tools.
Previously Andy has worked as a Course Leader and Lecturer in Product Design at the University of Edinburgh and University of Dundee, a Research Fellow at Goldsmiths University of London and the Royal Collage of Art in London and a Researcher at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Italy. His professional, art and research work and the work of his students has been widely sold, published and exhibited in the USA and internationally.
Before graduating with a Masters in Industrial Design from the Royal Collage of Art in 1999 he worked in the UK and Italy on several lighting and office furniture ranges and projects gaining several European and US patents and selling over $60 million worth of products. In 1988 he graduated and with a BA Hons in Industrial Design from Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Facts: In 1997 Andy was granted the first ever patent in the USA for an earthquake proof combined locking and anti-tilt filing cabinet. He also designed the world’s first biodegradable disposable hot cup lid for Edinburgh based Vegware. Andy lives in Providence RI with his two children and his partner, writer, artist and lingerie designer Lisa Z Morgan.