Robert Brunner

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Robert Brunner
Born1958 (age 60–61)
OccupationIndustrial Designer
Known forDirector of Industrial Design at Apple Computer, Inc. from 1989–1996

Robert Brunner (born 1958)[1] is an American industrial designer. Brunner was the Director of Industrial Design for Apple Computer from 1989 to 1996[1] and is a founder and current partner at Ammunition Design Group.[2]


Brunner received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design from San José State University in 1981.[citation needed] After working as a designer and project manager at several high technology companies, including Lunar Design in 1984. In 1989, Brunner accepted the position of Director of Industrial Design at Apple Computer, where he provided design and direction for all Apple product lines, including the PowerBook. He was succeeded by Jonathan Ive in 1997. Brunner claims that while with Apple, he hired Ive three times.[3]

In January 1996, he became a partner in the San Francisco office of Pentagram.[4]

In 2006, Brunner partnered Alex Siow, founder of San Francisco-based Zephyr Ventilation, to launch outdoor grill design firm Fuego. Emblematic of his relationship with Siow, he designed the Arc Collection of modern range-hoods for Zephyr Ventilation.[5]

By mid-2007 Brunner left Pentagram to start Ammunition Design Group.[4][5] In 2008, former MetaDesign leaders Brett Wickens and Matt Rolandson joined Ammunition LLC as partners.[6] Brunner leads a design team, Ammunition Design Group, offering product, identity and interaction design and strategy consulting to many U.S. and international clients. Brunner currently serves on the Board of advisors for Ember Technologies.[7]

Brunner's work has been widely published in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. His product designs have won 23 IDSA Awards from the Industrial Designers Society of America and Business Week, including 6 best of category awards. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Cooper Hewitt Museum,[1] Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA),[8] and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA).

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  1. ^ a b c "Robert Brunner Collection". Cooper Hewitt. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  2. ^ "Robert Brunner of Ammunition on why design is a process and should be at the heart of any business". Creative Boom. March 23, 2016. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  3. ^ Robert Brunner: the man who hired Jonathan Ive... thrice! on YouTube
  4. ^ a b "A Master Designer Redraws His Plans". Bloomberg Business. October 21, 2007. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Design Lecture Series: The Beats by Dr. Dre Story". AIGA San Francisco. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  6. ^ Delahoyde, Steve (January 15, 2009). "Revolving Door: Ammunition Hires New Partners Wickens and Rolandson". Adweek. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  7. ^ "Ember Technologies". CrunchBase. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  8. ^ "Online Collection, Powerbook 100". Indianapolis Museum of Art. Retrieved June 8, 2015.

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