Michael McAllister, MiD
Mike holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Drexel University and a master's degree in industrial design from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Serving others. As a former professor of design, I often engaged people living with disabilities in co-design projects with my students. At Penn, I can continue that work by using design to give voice to patients’ unmet needs.
Listening to a patient's story helped me understand just how difficult it can be for a patient to navigate a health system when they feel very ill.
Methods that include more natural ways of healing - the foods we eat, the environments we share, and how we care for ourselves and each other.
Dieter Rams for his clarity, Jasper Morrison for his understatement, Leonardo da Vinci for his utter genius
The birch bark canoe - a beautiful solution that expresses a very deep understanding of materials combined with such elegance.
“Keep it simple stupid.” - Kelly Johnson
Italy. The beautiful language (music to my ears). The kindness and generosity of the people. The old men in the piazzas with their handsome weathered faces. The food! The art! Need I continue? Mexico City. What a magical and sonorous place! The use of color.
Inside I’m a total classic Sagittarian!
Understand Wabi Sabi, do woodworking, meditate
“Do no harm.” - Hippocrates. This quote has served to keep me out of a lot of trouble!
Restoring old broken things and extending their useful life. I recently began casting vivid blue urethane feet directly onto some old rotting picnic table legs. What are those little touches that can both add beauty and bring new life?