Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.
Richard Ten Eyck was born in 1920 in Marseilles, Illinois. He studied industrial design at the University of Illinois, Urbana, in the 1930s, before leaving to work in several industrial factories in Chicago and Aurora, Illinois. During WWII, he was a junior designer in the Chicago office of Dave Chapman, working on product design for Montgomery Ward. In 1945, Ten Eyck moved to Wichita, Kansas, to join Beech Aircraft in designing the Bonanza airplane and an experimental automobile. After opening his own office, RTA, in Wichita in 1948, Ten Eyck's interests in aircraft design led him to Cessna, where he was the chief consulting designer for more than forty years. Ten Eyck also created large farm equipment machinery for the Hesston and Case-Davis companies and was a consulting designer to Bell Helicopter in the 1970s and 1980s. Ten Eyck closed his Wichita office in 1996 and retired to Orlando, Florida. He died in January 2009.
Ten Eyck speaks about his rural childhood; his industrial design studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana; his work in industry during WWII; his projects at Beech Aircraft; importance of design for Hesston farm machinery; becoming chief consulting designer for Cessna; designing the Vornado fans; operating his design firm in Wichita; designing for Charlie Siebel and Bell Helicopter; observations about industrial design.
Vornado fan for O.A. Sutton Corporation, c.1948. Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.
Cessna aircraft design meeting at RTA. c.1955. Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.
"The primary purpose and the method we evolved in our design work was what we called "looking for areas of opportunity." What are areas of opportunity? They are the mischievous annoyances, the discomforts, the awkward aspects of a product. You can make a long list of that sort of thing. These define the areas of opportunity. We'll never get them all together on the product, but we'll try to exhaust our list before we start. The faults of the product are the areas of opportunity. Those areas of opportunity give us our lead to how we are going to go about this, what we are going to pursue in the design of it. Some of these are functional, some of these are ergonomic, some of them are visual—a lot of them are visual, but not necessarily styling things. Does it look ungainly? Is it too low, too high? One of the things we often encountered was that it looked like it was going to tip over easily. On big machinery, this is a disadvantage if it looks like it is going to tip over. The fact is that they are all loaded with heavy iron in the bottom, but that doesn't mean anything if it looks like it's going to tip over. That's just a negative visual factor. We literally used these two terms—negative and positive factors—[to describe] visual aspects. And in all the other aspects of design that we considered we should propose, that we did…[the clients] had things to say. They had some negatives, always. That's why they wanted to redesign it. Most assuredly, their customers expressed some negative factors to them. All products get negative comments from some customers deservedly, too, in some cases. That, to me, is the real key to what industrial design should really be about and the process by which you go about it." (pp. 45-46)
35 min 51 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago Mary Cassatt was the only American artist to exhibit with the original Impressionist group. This sensitive portrayal of a mother and child reflects the most advanced 19th-century ideas about raising children. Scientists and physicians of the day encouraged mothers (instead of wet nurses and nannies) to care for their children and to include regular bathing in their hygiene practices to prevent disease. #5WomenArtists
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Image: [Now on view in Gallery 273] Mary Cassatt. The Child's Bath, 1893. Robert A. Waller Fund.
4 hours 40 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago APRIL 21—Join us for After Dark in the Modern Wing!
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