Teague, Walter Dorwin

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Teague, Walter Dorwin (1883–1960). Pioneering American industrial designer. He settled in NYC in 1903 and established his own office in 1911, specializing in typographical design for books and advertisements. In 1926 he renamed his office an industrial-design firm, and in 1927 acquired Kodak Eastman as his client, for which he designed the Baby Brownie camera (1933–4). Other projects followed, including the Marmon Car (designed with his son, Walter Dorwin Teague, jun. (1910–2004) ), and several Pavilions for the 1939 New York World's Fair. Other works included a vast range of designs, from Schaefer beer-labels to the VIP interiors of the Boeing 707 jet. He also developed quality-control for the assembly of complex firing-mechanisms used for the US Navy's Bureau of Ordnance in its missiles, including the well-known Polaris. His Design this Day: The Technique of Order in the Machine Age (1946) analysed modern industrial civilization and the role of contemporary industrial design.

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Industrial Design, viii (Jan. 1961), 25–9;
Jane Turner (1996);
Teague (1946)