The IDC (Industrial Design Consultancy) has announced the death of Marc Tanner, its design director, after a battle with cancer.
Tanner, who was 58, led the industrial design team at IDC for nearly 11 years. Colleagues said his creative thinking, warm, easy-going personality and mentoring would be greatly missed by all.
During his time at IDC Tanner championed user-centred design, earning numerous awards for his projects, including Red Dot, Medical Design Excellence, Red Star China and IDEA awards.
Stephen Knowles, IDC's managing director, said: “I think one of Marc's great strengths was the way in which he used his passion for design to inspire others. Throughout his career he mentored many designers, taking time to explain his philosophy and help colleagues constantly improve their work.
“Over the years, many of his colleagues, including myself, acknowledged Marc's great influence on their approach to design and we owe him a deep debt of gratitude. We are all deeply saddened by his passing.”
Tanner started his design career in 1979 after graduating from Northumbria University with a degree in Design for Industry. After graduating he joined design consultancy IDEO, where he worked in product development for 24 years. He worked in San Francisco, Tokyo and London for clients in Europe, the US, Korea, Taiwan, and Japan.
In a statement IDC said its Chinese operation owed much to Tanner, who was instrumental in establishing the success of the company in the last five years.
Brian Gough, IDC's projects director, remembers Marc's sense of fun and enjoyment of sports.
“Outside of work Marc had a passion for sailing, both as a sailor and spectator. He also skied regularly, but rugby was his great love and he enjoyed supporting England and his local team, Blackheath.
“He was a good friend and we will all miss his kind, caring personality as well as his creativity – in fact one of Marc's regrets during his illness was that he couldn't contribute to another project for IDC.”