Thursday, February 9th, 7:00 – 9:30pm
Industrial Design in a Globally Corporate Environment: Can’t I Just Design?!?!
In CSULB Design Department Lecture Room 112
Jay Czerwinski shares his advice on how to speak the language of business executives while maintaining your passion for design.
Jay Czerwinski is the Director of Industrial Design and Packaging for all brands at Stanley Black & Decker’s Mechanical Access Solutions (MAS) Division, including Kwikset, Baldwin, Weiser, Stanley, Stanley National and Black & Decker.
He oversees a multi-national team of industrial designers in Lake Forest, Calif. and Xiamen, China who take the vision of styles and trends and merge them together with customer needs and requirements, while ensuring quality standards of engineering. Czerwinski states, “My team creates jewelry for the home and work place, where the fashion we follow enhances current interior and architectural design trends”.
With Stanley Black & Decker for 13 years, Czerwinski began his tenure at the company in 1998 as an industrial designer for Price Pfister faucets, which ultimately lead to the integration of security and hardware products. In 2001, he was promoted to manager of industrial design and in 2007, promoted to director. Czerwinski began his career in the mid 80’s working at myriad Southern California- based engineering firms. In 1989, he was hired at Xircom Inc. in an engineering support role, where he remained until returning to school full time at Cal State Long Beach, where he holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design. Czerwinski continues to regularly volunteer his time at local L.A.-area design schools, critiquing classes and serving as a guest speaker.