Founder & Chairman — Organization of Black Designers
David Rice is the founder and chair of the Organization of Black Designers which currently numbers 9,700 members nationally and lists a database of more than 48,000 African-American designers. OBD produces DesigNation®, the first national multi-disciplinary conference for designers that promotes diversity throughout the entirety of design professions. David is a former member of the Michigan Council for the Arts and a three-time member of the Design Arts Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served as a member of the Exhibits Planning Committee of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, and he recently joined the advisory board for the Creative Corridor Initiative in
Detroit, an initiative to attract businesses that have creativity as their core asset.
David ran Design Communications, Inc.(DesignCom), a marketing communications firm for 27 years. DesignCom had a client base of Fortune 1000 companies, such as Helmsley Spear, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler Corporation, Nike, Bank of America and other
prominent clients such as, City of Washington DC, City of Detroit Michigan, Stout & Teague, Quadrangle Development, and Rouse Properties.
A graduate of the College for Creative Studies (CCS), which he attended on full scholarship, he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2007. (That same year Business Week magazine recognized CCS as one of the top sixty design schools in the world). His postgraduate work was in marketing with an emphasis on
entrepreneurial development, and he has completed the Harvard University Entrepreneur Development Program. David has taught at Parsons School of Design as a visiting professor, and lectured at the likes of Illinois Institute of Technology, Art Center
College of Design, Wharton School of Business, Pratt, University of North Carolina, University of Cincinnati, Indiana University, University of the Arts and LSU, to name a few. He has won a number of industry awards and been featured in major industry publications.
At NEOCON 2009, the nation’s largest office furniture show, he introduced the “David Rice Collection” — a new line of seating he designed for Steelcase/Continuum, Inc., at the time, a new division of Steelcase, Inc., the world’s largest office furniture manufacturer. Bank of America has been a major purchaser of the line.
“David Rice is an entrepreneur, innovator and visionary in the design world,” said Joe Sandifer, former president & CEO of Steelcase/Continuum.
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