Vignelli Center Lecture: Noel Mayo

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Noel Mayo headshot.

Lecture title: A Life of Firsts

About Noel Mayo

Mayo is the owner and president of Noel Mayo Associates, Inc., the first African-American industrial design firm in the United States. He has been instrumental in establishing minority-mentoring programs in the IDSA, SEGD and the Ohio State University, where he retired from teaching in 2018.

He has been a juror for the National Endowment for the Arts Panel, the New Jersey Council for the Arts and the IDSA annual design awards. He served as the president of the Philadelphia Economic Council, as well as the Greater Philadelphia Community Development Corporation, a commissioner of Philadelphia Art Commission and serves as an advisor to Metrobank of Philadelphia. Mayo designed telephones, seating, desks, lighting fixtures, offices, stores and restaurants. He also worked on the design of exhibits in Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia, Lagos, Barcelona, Casablanca and the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Since the 1960s, he has enjoyed a relationship with Lutron Electronics; designing a majority of their products, and guiding their aesthetic and functional direction. Notably, he designed Nova, the first linear dimmer for commercial application. 

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When and Where
October 14, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Room/Location: Zoom

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