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Eric Olson

As director of design at product design and innovation consultancy Karten Design for 20 years, Olson has led major design and innovation programs for consumer and medical device clients, including Samsung, P&G, Boston Scientific, and CareFusion. His leadership and enthusiasm engenders a high level of creativity and design sophistication from all of Karten Design's project teams. He blends his aesthetic sensibility, end user empathy, and strong awareness of market trends and business objectives to translate program requirements into compelling products with market appeal. Under Olson's leadership, Karten Design's products have won some of the industry's top design awards, including IDEA Awards, the CES Innovations Awards, the Medical Design Excellence Awards, the Chicago-based GOOD Design Awards, and the iF International Forum Awards. Olson holds tandem design degrees from UCLA and Art Center College of Design.