Terms coined in 1977 by Patrick M. Redmond: “Designers As Entrepreneurs”(TM) and “Designer As Entrepreneur”(TM).
Patrick M. Redmond (b. Milwaukee 1950; resident of Minnesota since 1968), of PatrickRedmondDesign.com, coined the term(s) “Designers As Entrepreneurs” / "Designer As Entrepreneur" at the 1977 “Shop Talk” International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA), Colorado, when, during an ad hoc open-topic breakout session, he, at age 27, proposed that a panel discussion take place in the main tent on the topic -- which he originated, initiated, and proposed -- of designers working as entrepreneurs themselves rather than working, primarily, as designers providing design services for clients. This became a popular topic of discussion during the open session and he discussed this with individuals attending the conference including Craig Vetter of Vetter Motorcycle Products (Vetter Windjammer, etc.), Richard Saul Wurman (Access Press, etc.), Ann Blocker (Business Consultant, etc.), and others. That day at the conference in 1977, designer George Nelson had been scheduled to be featured during an afternoon session under the big tent but Mr. Nelson had been ill so an alternative needed to be featured on short notice. Patrick Redmond suggested and proposed, with enthusiasm, to Jane Thompson, IDCA Conference Chair, that a panel discussion on the topic “Designers As Entrepreneurs” / "Designer As Entrepreneur" (and the business of design) take place instead of the George Nelson session (since Mr. Nelson was ill). She approved since this had become such a popular topic that Patrick Redmond had initiated during the ad hoc open discussion session earlier. With the approval of the conference Chair, Patrick Redmond assisted with identifying and the impromptu recruiting of panelists who were themselves working as “designers as entrepreneurs”, including Craig Vetter, Richard Saul Wurman, and others. Patrick Redmond recalls Richard Saul Wurman moderating the discussion. The session may have been identified as "your turn, my turn" although this is being researched. The topic was so popular that it was integrated into what then became the main theme of the next year’s (1978) IDCA Conference re: the business of design. - pr