College for Creative Studies: Product Design


Richard Branstner

Adjunct Faculty

BFA, College for Creative Studies; Architecture Post Graduate Studies, Lawrence Technological University

Richard Branstner has over 25 years experience in design and design management.

He was industrial design chief for a Fortune 100 corporation and the recipient of numerous awards, both domestic and international, including the Industrial Design Excellence Award and Industrial Design Leadership Award.

Branstner teaches Advanced Product Design II and Professional Development Studio at the College for Creative Studies. He was selected as instructor for the Whirlpool sponsored Kitchen of the Future design project, the Kohler sponsored Bathroom of the Future advanced design project and the Homedics sponsored advanced design course which developed 34 new products across an array of product lines. Branstner taught the highly successful Ford sponsored MFA Interaction Design course for the Detroit COTS program in 2015. He also serves on the MFA Graduate Program review committee.

Branstner has been selected to teach numerous CCS Product Design Independent Study courses. His recent student was the first recipient of the CCS Provost Global Award for her Humanitarian Product Design for the people of a Tanzanian village in Africa. Additionally, several of his students have received awards in prestigious international design competitions.

Outside of the classroom, Branstner is a board member of the Open Road Foundation, a Michigan non-profit organization providing those with special needs freedom and mobility through custom designed products and equipment. He has been an active member of the Detroit Old Newsboys Goodfellow Organization for over 20 years.

Fun fact: World renowned architect Minoru Yamasaki provided the toast at Branstner’s wedding.