University Place, Syracuse University
Patty Johnson

School of Design
Assistant Professor, Industrial and Interaction Design

Patty Johnson is a designer and educator who is interested in the interchange between research, design, commerce, and culture. Based in the U.S. and Canada, she collaborates with start-ups, manufacturers, governments, and other designers to create unique design programs and product collections.

She has developed multi-year, government-funded programs in countries in Botswana, Guyana, and Mexico as well as the Caribbean region, including a long-term project in Haiti. She also designs product lines for established manufacturers worldwide such as Keilhauer, Nienkamper, Starbucks, David Design, and Mabeo. Recent honors include three ICFF Editors’ Awards, Wallpaper’s Best Issue, and Fast Company’s Design Issue. She is currently working on projects with Moroso in Italy and with furniture manufacturers in Barbados to develop and implement a new long-term strategy for the industry. 

As an assistant professor in the industrial and interaction design program at SU:VPA, Johnson is intimately involved with looking for new ways to re-combine the strengths of complimentary groups to build new linkages, new cultures, and new ideas.

Johnson was educated at the University of Toronto, Toronto, and received a master's degree in design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London.