Artists & Designers
Walter Dorwin Teague (1883-1960)
Born in Decatur, Indiana in 1893, Walter Dorwin Teague moved to New York City in 1903. There, he studied at the Art Students’ League before opening a graphic design studio in 1912. Following his discovery of industrial design during a 1926 trip to Paris, he founded Walter Dorwin Teague Associates, one of the first industrial design consultancies, and soon engaged his first client: Eastman Kodak Company. The designer received widespread acclaim for camera models—Vanity Kodak (1928), Baby Brownie (1933), and Bantam Special (1936)—based on extensive product research and development. As a result, Teague secured contracts with numerous manufacturers, including Corning, Pyrex, Polaroid, and Steinway and even ventured into transportation projects for Ford and Texaco, among others.
Samantha Robinson, DMA unpublished material, 2014.