Q&A: Designer Stuart Karten

The IDEA award winner talks about health care's growing recognition of design and the form vs. function challenge of medical devices

Stuart Karten and his small design team have dabbled in DNA analyzers and Bluetooth headsets, untangled problems with Belkin computer cable aesthetics, and helped companies like Adidas, Mitsubishi, and Du Pont (DD) overhaul their products and image. But even before founding Stuart, his eponymous firm, in 1984, Karten had made a name designing medical products.

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