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Josh Owen, in his role as Director of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies at RIT, hosted the second Summer Design Workshop in partnership with the Corning Museum of Glass.



Josh Owen’s RIT industrial design undergraduate students’ Metaproject 13 was exhibited in Lazzoni’s Madison Avenue NYC Showroom. Read More.



Josh Owen’s Mother Tongue guitar pedal won a GOOD DESIGN award. Read More



Josh Owen’s and Wendell Castle’s Bookends collaboration project is the subject of a new film titled “Bookends“, which details their development process. Read More

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Owen’s vision of Design is advanced, rooted in humanist culture, spare and timeless.Massimo Vignelli


The Josh Owen design studio is a globally successful, award winning practice based in Rochester NY. We operate with the belief that good design is intellectually elegant thinking distilled into the built environment with a sense of purpose. We do not discriminate between the landscape of products, structures, services, and experiences, taking on all matter of projects in an effort to craft the world with a clear vision oriented towards a better tomorrow. We only work with partners who value our point of view. Following the atelier format, a small group of creatives work directly with Josh Owen to deliver the highest level of curated content to our clients.

Josh Owen Standing in front of some books and products
Josh Owen at a White Board


We accept new projects year round but prefer to begin actual development in the summer when academic workloads lighten. Project negotiations to prepare for professional engagement are best initiated during the winter months. Many client projects align with Milan Design Week and/or New York Design Week schedules for debut. To discuss new projects and methods of engagement contact the studio directly.


Lenses for Design

If the results of this work emerge as beautiful, empathic, or effortless, this simply is the consequence of informed choices that emanate from a deep meditation on history, theory, and practice.
Josh Owen


Our projects always begin with relationships and often, those relationships last a very long time. We work with industry leaders who recognize the value added by design that comes from a specific point of view. Leveraging our brand creates a difference in the marketplace for those who want to see their own brands stand out, privileging clarity of purpose.


Often, our expertise is called upon for product design. Increasingly that role has moved beyond industrial design and into the realm of art direction, publication and image consulting, architectural, interaction, and overall brand curation.


The best client relationships are memorable and endure, as do the best products, systems, and experiences. Therefore it should not be surprising to see many of our projects winning industry awards, appearing in publications, or ending up in international museum collections.

His work is bold but refreshingly simple in appearance and uniquely his own in a period of diverse styles and influences. Kathryn B. Hiesinger, The J. Mahlon Buck, Jr.
Family Senior Curator of European Decorative Arts after 1700 Philadelphia Museum of Art

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For me the notion of success is three-fold: Social, Critical, and Commercial.

For a designer to be effective, his or her impact should be socially relevant. In that capacity I work as an educator to help others move their ideas forward and empower them to make enduring decisions.

Critical success means that the work that one does is judged by peers and professionals to operate at the highest levels. When my projects (or the projects of my students) win juried awards or are included in exhibitions, publications or museum collections, this is critical success.

Commercial success means that the one’s contribution has been accepted as useful in the world and contributes to the economic ecosystem.

Josh Owen

Mentorship Program

The Josh Owen LLC Mentorship Program provides design students and emerging designers with professional experience in the design process. The Mentorship Program has a duration of at least three months and requires the participant to spend a minimum of three days per week collaborating with the studio. The Mentorship Program is open to upper level design students and emerging designers, from any part of the world, who are focusing on the fields of industrial, product, furniture, architectural, graphic or web design. Mentorship opportunities are offered three times per year: August – December, January – May, June – August. For more information about the Mentorship Program, send email inquires to:


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