Authorship is a blurred thing.  Of the couple dozen projects viewable on this site, I am the official designer of only a few.  In some projects I over a thousand personal hours invested.  In others I have only a few hundred. But in all, I was instrumental in ushering them into production.  A corporation can be a labyrinth.  I am a guide.


I have been a corporate design director for eight years and counting. What does a design director do?  Maybe not what you think;  I do sketch quite a bit, but only as an aid in getting a point across.  I am very comfortable in the workshop, but rarely do I find myself there in search of some perfect form. Though I have many thousands of hours' experience in computer modeling, I don’t have the software installed on my computer.  Yet I am surrounded by the machinery of product development.  My colleagues are designers, engineers, project managers and marketeers.  My daily conversations are of parting lines, surface continuity, profit margins, tooling costs, executive reviews, shipping deadlines, category portfolios, and of course the yearly climax of NeoCon.  My days are filled with meeting after meeting, and though the subject matter varies in specifics, there is only one objective:  Get the product to market.


I have overseen teams of designers and engineers ranging from one to more than a dozen.  I have worked with every level of ability from the college intern to the internationally renowned.  I have hired designers.  I have fired designers. Sometimes my work is publicly acknowledged, and sometimes it is not.  But either way, the product usually makes it to the market.


So what is it I actually do?  Most succinctly, I create conditions in which good ideas reach the hands of customers.  


Full CV

mark@mmckenna.com

2012-2017 (present)
Steelcase Corporation
Global Design Director - Turnstone, Education, Worktools


2009-2012
Humanscale Corporation
Design Director


2003-2009
mmckenna LLC
Founder/Creative Director


1999-2001
Ingo Maurer LLC
Design + General Manager


1997-1999
Henry Dreyfuss Associates
Senior Industrial Designer


1994-1996
Ingo Maurer GMBH
Industrial Designer





2016

Best of Neocon Product Innovation Award - Bassline Table

Best of Neocon Gold AwardBivi Dual Height Worksurface


2015

HiP Award Honorable Mention - Thread

HiP Award Winner - Brody Worklounge

HiP Award Honorable Mention  - Campfire Additions

Best of NeoCon Silver - Thread

Best of NeoCon - Gold -  Brody Worklounge

Product Innovations Awards - Grand Prize (1st) - Thread

Product Innovations Awards - Grand Prize (1st) - Brody Worklounge

Best of Show Gold - Thread

Innovations Awards Gold - Thread

Innovations Awards Silver - Brody Worklounge

A+ Awards A+Awards - Brody Worklounge

Interior Design Best of Year Awards Best of Year - Brody Worklounge

Edison Awards Silver - Brody Worklounge


2014

Spark Design Awards Gold - Trea


2013

Red Dot Design Award Winner - T7 Point-of-care Technology Cart

iF Product Design Award Gold - Diffrient Smart

iF Product Design Award Winner - Float

Interior Design Best of Year Awards Honoree - V6

Interior Design Best of Year Awards Winner - Diffrient World

Interior Design Best of Year Awards Honoree - Diffrient Smart

Appliance DESIGN's Annual Excellence in Design Silver - V6

Appliance DESIGN's Annual Excellence in Design Gold - Element Disc

Best of NeoCon Gold - T7 Point-of-care Technology Cart

International Design Excellence Awards Finalist - Diffrient Smart

International Design Excellence Awards Finalist - Element Disc

Spark Design Awards Silver - T7 Point-of-care Technology Cart

PIN UP Design Awards Silver - Element Disc

PIN UP Design Awards Special Prize - Diffrient World

Bureaux Expo Les Trophees de l'Innovation - Float

Mixology North Mix Interior Awards Winner - Element Disc

Mixology North Mix Interior Awards Winner - Float

Architects Choice Award 2013 Winner - Float


2012

Appliance DESIGN's Annual Excellence in Design Gold - Horizon

Australian International Design Awards Design Award - Horizon

Buildings Magazine Innovations Awards Grand Prize - Element Disc

Buildings Magazine Innovations Awards Grand Prize - Mode

Buildings Magazine Innovations Awards Merit Prize - ZON Max

HEALTHCARE DESIGN's Most Innovative Product Designers - Winner T7 Point-of-Care Technology Cart

IDEA International Design Excellence Awards Gold - Horizon

IHA Innovation Award Winner - Horizon

Next Generation Luminaries Winner - Horizon

Architects Choice Award Highly Commended - Element Disc

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Silver - M/Flex

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Silver - Mode

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Bronze - Diffrient Smart

PIN UP Design Awards Bronze - Horizon

Nightingale Awards Gold - V6

Nightingale Awards Best of Competition - V6

Spark Design Awards Bronze - Element Disc


2011

Appliance DESIGN's Annual Excellence in Design Silver - Element 790

Appliance DESIGN's Annual Excellence in Design Bronze - ZON

Best of NeoCon Silver - Float

Best of NeoCon Silver - Horizon

Buildings Magazine Innovations Awards Merit Award - Float

Buildings Magazine Innovations Awards Merit Award -Trea

Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture Good Design Award Good Design Award - Horizon

Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture Good Design Award Good Design Award - Trea

Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture Good Design Award Good Design Award - ZON

FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award Winner - Freedom Chair

FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award Winner - Liberty Chair

FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award Winner - M2 Monitor Arm

FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award Winner - M8 Monitor Arm

GIO Design Awards Special Award for Excellence - Horizon

GIO Design Awards Winner - ZON

Green GOOD DESIGN Award Green Good Design Award - Horizon

Green GOOD DESIGN Award Winner - Trea

Green GOOD DESIGN Award Green Good Design Award - ZON

IDEA - International Design Excellence Awards Finalist - Diffrient World Chair

IDEA - International Design Excellence Awards Finalist - Horizon

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Silver - Element Vision

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Bronze - Float

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Bronze - Trea

Interiors & Sources Peoples' Choice Awards Winner - Horizon

Lighting Design Awards Highly Commended - Element 790

Red Dot Design Award Winner - Horizon


2010

Appliance DESIGN's Annual Excellence in Design Gold - Element

Australian International Design Awards Design Award - Element

Benelux Office Products Awards WinnerElement

Best of Boutique Awards Honorable Mention - Diffrient World Chair

Best of Boutique Awards Winner - Horizon

Best of NeoCon Silver - Element Vision

Best of NeoCon Gold - ZON

Buildings Magazine Innovations Awards Citation of Excellence - Element Vision

Buildings Magazine Innovations Awards Citation of Excellence - Horizon

Buildings Magazine Innovations Awards Citation of Excellence - M8 Monitor Arm

Buildings Magazine Innovations Awards Grand Prize - Paramount

FX International Interior Design Awards Winner - Horizon

GIO Design Awards Winner - Element

GIO Design Awards Winner - M2 Monitor Arm

GIO Design Awards Winner - Switch Mouse

Green GOOD DESIGN Award - Element

I.D. Annual Design Review Honorable Mention - M2 Monitor Arm

IDEA - International Design Excellence Awards Bronze - M2 Monitor Arm

iF Product Design Award Winner - M2 Monitor Arm

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Bronze - Horizon

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Bronze - M8 Monitor Arm

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Bronze - ZON

Interior Design Best of Year Award Merit Award - Horizon

Interior Design Best of Year Award Merit Award - Paramount

Interiors & Sources Peoples' Choice Awards Winner - Tolomeo LED Light

International Design Awards First Prize - Horizon

International Design Awards Second Prize - ZON

NeoCon East Peoples' Choice Awards 3rd Place - Horizon

Red Dot Design Award Winner -  Diffrient World Chair


2009

Best of NeoCon Gold - Element

Best of NeoCon Gold - M2 Monitor Arm

Best of NeoCon Gold - T6 Point-of-care Technology Cart

Buildings Magazine Innovations Award Citation of Excellence - 6G Keyboard Mechanism

Buildings Magazine Innovations Award Citation of Excellence - Diffrient World

Buildings Magazine Innovations Award Citation of Excellence - Element

Buildings Magazine Innovations Award Grand Prize - M2 Monitor Arm

Buildings Magazine Innovations Award Grand Prize - ZON

Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture Good Design Award - Diffrient Technology Light

Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture Good Design Award - Diffrient World Chair

Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture Good Design Award - Element

Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture Good Design Award - M2 Monitor Arm

ComfortSeating Awards Best Product for Environmental Sust. - Freedom Chair

ComfortSeating Awards Best Seat - Liberty Chair

Design Center Stuttgart International Design Awards Focus in Silver - M2 Monitor Arm

FX International Interior Design Awards Winner - Diffrient World Chair

iF Product Design Award Winner - Diffrient Work Light

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Silver - 6G Keyboard Mechanism

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Gold - Diffrient World Chair

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Gold - Element

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Bronze - L6 Notebook Manager

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Bronze - M2 Monitor Arm

IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovations Awards Bronze - V7 Wall Station

Interior Design Best of Year Award Merit Award - Diffrient World Chair

Interior Design Best of Year Award Best of Year - M2 Monitor Arm

Mixology Winner - M2 Monitor Arm

Spark Design Awards Bronze - M2 Monitor Arm