Over the last two decades, Tracy Leigh Hazzard has developed unbeatable instincts for color, design and product markets. Her career has spanned five industries, including automotive and contract fabrics, furniture design, technology accessories and retail fashion, all contributing to her unerring ability to identify the right product strategy for any given market.
With her husband and design partner Tom Hazzard, Tracy has lectured at numerous universities and trade shows, as well as contributed to national consumer and trade publications. Their combined portfolio contains more than 200 retail products, nearly 60 market successes that have lasted a decade or more at retail, and 30 utility and design patents.
Tracy has also worked in-house multiple times, including at Herman Miller, where she was part of a team that originated groundbreaking work that applied bionomics to design. This effort led to the unveiling of an entirely new line of textiles developed to improve working conditions and productivity. As either an in-house designer or consultant, she has worked with companies such as Ameriwood, Bissell, Best Buy, Better Homes & Gardens, Bush Industries, Clark American, Costco, Ethan Allen, Martha Stewart Home Office, Sam’s Club, Staples, Steelcase, Whalen Furniture and many more.
After more than a twenty years of living and working together with husband and design partner Tom, Tracy values spirited debate between the genders that leads to greater creativity. She is an expert on the role of women in design and the challenges presented by a wealth of retail products bought primarily by women, but designed chiefly by men.
Examples of Tracy Hazzard’s design work and process can be viewed at http://www.hazzdesign.com. The Hazz Design Blog, “Design for the Masses,” written chiefly by Tracy, offers strong examples of her grasp of complex business, design and social issues.
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