Thomas S. Bley

Thomas S. Bley established innovative university programs such as the interdisciplinary program at the KISD Köln International School of Design and the MEDes Master of European Design in leading universities in various European countries. In 2006 he became a founding member of NELDRIC – Network of Leading Design Research and Innovation Centers in Helsinki, with partners in Europe, the USA, and Asia. Thomas Bley’s approach to design is both analytical and informal: from communication to industry, systems and services, Bley is an interdisciplinary designer and educator interested in research, conceptual and methodological development, and strategic processes. Bley was the only German designer to participate in Memphis in 1982. He was president of Zebra Design, New York, and general manager of Frog Design, California. Bley is a consultant for major corporations and public organizations.