Patrick M. Redmond coined the term(s) "Designer As Entrepreneur" / "Designers As Entrepreneurs" in 1977 at the IDCA, International Design Conference at Aspen, Aspen, Colorado, USA.

Terms coined in 1977 by Patrick M. Redmond:

Designers As EntrepreneursTM and “Designer As EntrepreneurTM

Recollections by Patrick M. Redmond: 

Patrick M. Redmond (b. 1950) of coined the term(s) “Designers As Entrepreneurs” / “Designer As Entrepreneur” at the 1977 “Shop Talk” International Design Conference in Apsen (IDCA), Colorado, when, during an ad hoc open-topic breakout session, he, at age 27, proposed that a panel discussion take place in the main tent on the topic -- which he originated, initiated, and proposed -- of designers working as entrepreneurs themselves rather than working, primarily, as designers providing design services for clients. This became a popular topic of discussion during the open session and he discussed this with individuals attending the conference including Craig Vetter, of Vetter Motorcycle Products (Vetter Windjammer, Vetter Wheelchair, etc.), Richard Saul Wurman (Access Press, etc.), Anne Blocker (Business Consultant, etc.), and others. That day at the conference in 1977, designer George Nelson had been scheduled to be featured during an afternoon session under the big tent but he had been ill so an alternative needed to be featured on short notice. Patrick Redmond suggested/proposed with enthusiasm, to Jane Thompson, IDCA Conference Chair, that a panel discussion on the topic “Designers As Entrepreneurs” / "Designer As Entrepreneur" take place instead of one of the George Nelson sessions. She approved since this had become such a popular topic that Patrick Redmond had initiated during the ad hoc open discussion session earlier. With the approval of the conference Chair, Patrick Redmond assisted with identifying and the impromptu recruiting of panelists who were themselves working as what Patrick called “designers as entrepreneurs”, including Craig Vetter, Richard Saul Wurman, and others. Patrick Redmond recalls Richard Saul Wurman moderating the discussion. The topic was so popular that it was integrated into what then became the main theme of the next year’s (1978) IDCA Conference re: the business of design. 

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