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Donald Corey, IDSA

Donald Corey, IDSA—Industrial Design Lead

“Life is fun. If I can solve a problem and make the user smile, then I have created a successful design.”

Donald is a recognized international designer who likes telling stories through design. “Every company has a story that defines its brand, its products and the experiences it offers,” says Donald. For Donald, the challenge is to design in such way that you form a connection between the user and that story—so that what you’re offering becomes a lifestyle choice—whether you’re designing an identity, a product or an experience.

Donald’s designs have been showcased at international design events including Salone Satelite in Milan, Italy, Workshopped in Sydney, Australia, CODE in Copenhagen, Denmark and ICFF in New York, USA. His work has also been highlighted on major design blogs such as Designboom, Core77 and Design*Sponge and in major print publications including Vogue Living and “1000 Product Designs” by Eric Chan.

In addition, Donald is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Appalachian State University where he teaches industrial design studios & design drawing classes and serves as Chair of the University’s Intellectual Property Committee.


Vanese Clough

Vanese Clough—Graphic Design Lead, Video Design Lead

Vanese received a Bachelors of Science in Interior Design from Southern Illinois University. She loves the challenge of distilling the qualities and nuances of a company, their products, or services, into an easy to understand and “identify with” story. Utilizing graphic and video communications, she develops marketing plans that helps a company or individual reach and engage their intended audience. Vanese also boasts extensive industry experience in the manufacturing software arena and has overseen software integration and education with factories and work forces.


Michael Rall, IDSA—Product Designer

Michael received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Drafting and Design from Appalachian State University and a Master of Industrial Design from North Carolina State University. Michael’s industrial design work ranges from modern furniture pieces to housewares. His award winning nightstand “Echo” has been shown at numerous design exhibitions and conferences including Zona Tortona in Milan, Italy in 2009 and GreenBuild in Phoenix, AZ in 2009. He has also licensed his witty, yet functional “Ironing Man”  ironing board cover to Mustard, a London-based gift company.

In addition, Michael is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC where he teaches both studio courses and those built around CAD development.

Michael also teaches  at North Carolina State University’s Design Camp and CAM Raleigh Studio which is run through the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina for High School students each summer.