Deane W. Richardson, has spent more than 40 years integrating research, design and development disciplines to solve tactical and strategic design problems for corporations worldwide. In 1956, Richardson graduated from Pratt Institute with a degree in industrial design
. In 1960, Richardson Co-founded RichardsonSmith, a consulting firm that in 1990, merged with Fitch, a successful retail design firm in London. Richardson has been active in the global design community, especially in the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design
(now World Design Organization). In 1985, Richardson chaired the Worldesign Icsid Congress in Washington, DC. It was the largest international assembly of designers in the United States. In 1989, he chaired a session at the Nagoya Icsid Congress. He served Icsid as a Board member. Then he became Icsid president from 1992 to 1993, representing global interests of industrial design
from more than 50 countries and 100 design societies. He was part of the planning group for the 2007 Icsid Congress in San Francisco. Currently, he is a WDO Senator.