Thomas S. Bley
Thomas S. Bley is the co-founder and former Dean of the new School of Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany, an advanced interdisciplinary program incorporating management, the hard as well as the soft sciences. He is the initiator of the Master of European Design program, enabling students to study design at a conglomeration of leading universities in Europe.
As director of the graduate design program at Uarts in Philadelphia he conducted joint projects together with Wharton on business strategy and product development. His lectures and teaching style are known for their analytical, but informal approach. Thomas S. Bley is the only German designer to be part of the original Memphis design movement in Milan, Italy. He has been president of Zebra Design, New York, and general manager of Frogdesign, California. In his professional career he is consulting major companies and corporations from hard- to software. His expertise covers a wide field, from graphic to industrial design, from communication to interaction design, including advertising and new media.