Adam Smith

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Name: Adam Smith
Country of Origin: US


Adam Smith graduated from RISD in 1985 with his BFA. After moving to Cambridge, MA, he developed one of the first 3D CAD (Computer-Aided Design) applications. He then relocated to San Diego, where he worked for NASA as art director for a booklet, Global Change, later presented to the Reagan administration as the first NASA document acknowledging global climate change.

In 1989, Smith started the design agency Adam Smith Design, specializing in providing design strategy, 3D CAD engineering, prototyping and graphic design services for a wide variety of products. He has worked at RISD since the mid 1990s, building up the Industrial Design (ID) departments’ first computer labs and designing their digital curriculum. He currently teaches and develops curriculum for the ID Department.

“Adam Smith,” Industrial Design Faculty, RISD, January 14, 2020,

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signature, date, and medium printed in ink lower right corner signed and titled on the reverse of the frame in graphite