Portrait of Cooper Woodring
This is Cooper Woodring, I spent hours talking with Cooper about life and the creative process, he is a surprisingly open and thoughtful man. He talked with me about the fact that his lungs are failing to work properly and has placed himself on hospice. I was moved by the straightforward and unflinching way he is approaching his death. I can only hope to address my own death with a fraction of the grace that he possesses.
He spent a majority of his career as manager of product design and new product development for $20 billion per year JCPenney Company in New York City.
He also: • received an appointment from President Ronald Reagan to head the United States Information Agency’s Cultural Exchange Mission, “Design in America,” behind the then-Iron Curtain; • became the first industrial designer to address The Conference Board, the prestigious Fortune 500 organization; • served two terms as mayor of his then-hometown of Plandome, NY; • has testified before the US Congress on The Industrial Design Innovation and Technology Act (HR1790 & S791); • is represented in New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s Permanent Collection and in Washington, DC’s Smithsonian Museum; • was the design expert that Apple brought in to testify on their behalf in the famous lawsuit against samsung regarding the design of the iPhone (they won) #portrait#nikonnofilter#godoxad600