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George Nelson

New York, NY

Possessing one of the most inventive minds of the 20th century, George Nelson was the rare person who can envision what isn’t there yet. Nelson described his creative abilities as a series of “zaps”–flashes of inspiration and clarity that he turned into innovative design ideas.

Nelson felt that designers must be “aware of the consequences of their actions on people and society and thus cultivate a broad base of knowledge and understanding.” He was an early environmentalist, one of the first designers to take an interest in new communications technology, and an powerful writer and teacher. Most influenced by his close friend, Buckminster Fuller, Nelson operated with the ultimate goal of a designer: “to do much more with much less.”