Austen Angell

Charles Austen Angell is Founder and President of Modern Edge, Inc. based in Portland Oregon. He is the Chair of the Industrial Design Society of America, and a Board member for the Design Foundation.

Austen directs projects for corporate clients in: health & wellness, mobility, home products, and experiential environments. He is responsible for all aspects of design management at Modern Edge, Inc. including design quality, program management, client contact, human factors and ethnographic research, product positioning and service design. Mr. Angell has worked as a senior consultant and design manager for several leading design consulting firms, and corporations and prior to founding Modern Edge as the corporate Director of Design Research & Innovation for the Intel Corporation. His teams have developed new products, new categories, and new markets for industry leaders such as: John Deere, Harley Davidson, SC Johnson Wax, BMW, Gillette, St Jude Medical, Sunbeam, and others. He is the recipient of multiple patents and awards. He has served as the Executive Vice President of the Industrial Designers Society of America (, as well as being one of the original five trustees for the Design Foundation; a public charity supporting design education through educational and social responsibility. Mr. Angell was a guest editor for Innovation Magazine and has been published in a variety of journals. He has lectured at multiple forums nationally and internationally, such as the Design Management Institute and The National Connected Home Conference in Melbourne Australia. He has also been a guest educator at: Purdue University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, the University of Southern Illinois-Carbondale, and the University of Minnesota. He currently teaches an online continuing education class in Sustainable Product development for Minneapolis College of Art and Design.