Victor Angel: Professor of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design

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Bio:

Victor is an inventor at heart. Having grown up in Mexico City, his work reflects a focus on sustainable solutions to global challenges. In recent years, his lab has worked on groundbreaking inventions, from plant-based plastics that can purify water, to non-invasive brain therapies that use virtual reality platforms. Previously, he served as Vice President of Product Development at Uncharted Play, where he led the invention of the world's first electricity-generating soccer ball, among other breakthroughs in the clean energy space. When he is not inventing, he serves as Professor of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design where he lectures on new models for creativity and business innovation.

What do you do best?

Keep an open mind and connect the dots. Like many other creatives, I think it is very important to keep your eyes and ears open to new information - any new discovery, as small as it may be, can inspire unexpected connections.

What makes you the best?

I think one of my greatest strengths is my curiosity. I love learning new things, which allows me to draw from many different ideas when trying to solve a problem.  

What are your aspirations?

To continue collaborating with progressive minds on challenging projects for the betterment of society.

Biggest Success?

Being able to spend my time working on interesting projects.

Most Challenging Moment?

Making my path as an independent inventor has been a challenging ordeal. Invention is not always as easy as getting in the bathtub and screaming "Eureka!" Being an inventor calls for an open-ended and never-ending approach to exploration and thought. It calls for a process where you are constantly gathering new pieces of information and mapping them against your previous experiences, trying to make sense of it all. Being an inventor is like constantly trying to solve a puzzle, though you never know when or where you'll find your next piece. Until you accept this and start enjoying the process, invention can be quite a frustrating art.

Favorite Motto?

"Don't fight forces, use them" from Bucky Fuller or "Find the path of least resistance" which I learned from Dave Ginsberg, one of my teachers.

Favorite People?

My friends and family.

Favorite Places?

The Beach, The Met, Funkadelic Studios.

Favorite Products?

Any decent pair of headphones, photo books with amazing paper, and sparkling water.

Current Passions?

Getting people together to create something