Experience. I am an accomplished industrial designer, artist and educator with a standing record of success combining the disciplines of research, strategic and master planning, ideation and design development, participatory design workshops, in an inclusive professional design practice, Leidtke Design.
I have been directly responsible for the planning, management and coordination of projects reaching millions of people. From studio to shop, I am experienced in all facets of the design process, including brainstorming, programming, design and production.
For twenty-plus years, I have worked on projects such as immersive play and learning environments, traveling exhibits and products for mass production, including children’s educational kits/activities, medical equipment, retail displays and corporate identity systems. I have worked with clients such as the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Boston Children’s Museum, Henry Ford Museum/Spirit of Ford, Lincoln Children’s Museum, The Building for Kids, Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Rotobin, Simplicity and Zoom (educational public television).
I have a special interest in pediatric design (design for children) and education, and have devoted most of my career to building an expertise in collaboratively developing and designing innovative interactive learning and play environments (museum exhibits and parks), toys, games, activity guides and curricula for children and families.
To learn more about my interest in education, please visit the PEDAGOGY page.