Design at Southern

This web site is a celebration of a half-century of design at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (SIUC). The Design Department at SIUC has been training product, shelter, and visual designers since 1955. R. Buckminster Fuller brought his comprehensive design science approach to the school when he joined the faculty in the late 1950s. This is a collaborative history project put together by interested alumni and staff from throughout the country. This web site is not officially associated with Southern Illinois University or any SIU Alumni organization. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individuals who assembled the various pages. For more information go to the Contact page listed in the main menu above.
Design at Southern Illinois University
Victor Papanek: Path of a Design Prophet Al Gowan’s latest book, Victor Papanek: Path of a Design Prophet is available at Victor Papanek is the father of sustainable and affordable design. Shared Vision: The Second American Bauhaus by Al Gowan features interviews with and photographs of SIU design teachers and students between 1955 and 1985. click to read more . . .
1975 Migrant worker health bus John Lonergan, Rich Archer, and Geri Newman work with students to create a mobile health clinic.
Tim Hagerty with Harold Cohen at Design Days 2017 in Carbondale. Tim was a student in the 1960s when Harold led the department. Cohen was an early Design Department Chair


Every Spring, the Design Program hosts a student-centered design conference called Design Days. This annual event brings professional designers, both alumni and non-alumni, to campus to share their knowledge and expertise with our design students, faculty, and guests. This year celebrates the 65th anniversary of the Design Program. Since its humble beginnings in the Allyn Building in 1955 to its current beautiful space in the Pullam Hall Design Wing, the design program at SIU Carbondale has continued in its strong tradition of creative problem solving and making. This year’s theme is VISION. Speakers and conference participants will look at the concept of vision: being a design visionary; defining how the world sees design; utilizing one’s personal skills to define a vision for his/her/their own path; envisioning the future of design. Stay tuned as speakers and events are added to the line-up. click for more on VISION 2020 Stories from Design Grads Inflatable domes, student protests, the Experimental Freshman Year and waterfalls New stories & letters from former SIUC design department students: Gary DeCourcy Lee Spalt Paul Pauesick Stephen Pevnick Tim Hagerty
close up of silk screened logo on hand painted sign
SIU Design was the host for the VISION 65 world design conference. Click image to enlarge.