Joey Roth: Industrial Designer

Articulating the Beauty of Everyday Rituals

Website: Joey Roth

Joey Roth designs products that combine simple functionality with honest, unfinished materials that become more personal as they take on a patina of use. He’s especially interested in designing tools for ephemeral experiences like tea and music.

Roth's first two products are the Sorapot and Ceramic Speakers. He'll share his newest designs, some sketches and some on the brink of production, during his presentation on December 14.

Joey was born in 1984 in San Francisco and grew up in Montclair, NJ. He graduated from Swarthmore in 2006 with a BA in Industrial Design Theory. His favorite musicians are the Dirty Projectors and Ghostface Killah, and his favorite authors are Umberto Eco and Haruki Murakami. When taking a break from design, he likes long-distance skateboarding and cooking with kale.

Beliefs and practices:
- Make products that push boundaries now and remain valuable for years.
- Bake sustainability into the product’s function, materials, and life cycle; sustainability should never be an end in itself.
- Recognize that both irony and beauty are crutches for bad design.