Juan Antonio Islas Munoz

Juan Antonio Antonio Islas Munoz

Assistant Professor of Practice

School of Design Office
5280E Aronoff Center
PO Box 210016 | Cincinnati OH 45221-0016
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
Phone 513-556-1120
Email islasmja@ucmail.uc.edu

Professional Summary

Antonio Islas is a Master of Design, class of 2013, from the University of Cincinnati. He received his bachelor in Industrial Design from Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosi in Mexico in 2007, where he worked at Rigoletti Casa de Diseño, an industrial and automotive design school and consultancy, from 2007-2011. In addition, he worked on international toy design, manufacturing, and sourcing projects.

He obtained a Fulbright Scholarship in 2011 and came to DAAP for graduate school, where he did research on the semantic perception of automotive design aesthetics and the use of digital sculpting software and its applications to automotive design. He has taught at DAAP since 2013, first as adjunct, later as visiting faculty, and currently as Assistant Professor of Practice, teaching courses from the 1st to the 5th year of the Industrial Design program.

He is currently the Head of Transportation Design where he leads multidisciplinary, future vision innovation projects that impact vehicles, city infrastructure, and how people live their mobility experience. He also leads the Industrial Design visualization and communication track of courses.

During his period as a DAAP faculty, he has collaborated with companies such as General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Crown Lift Trucks, Boeing, P&G, Cincinati Children's Hospital, United Healthcare and AARP.


Bachelor Degree in Industrial Design: Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi San Luis Potosi, Mexico, 2007 (Industrial Design)

Master of Design: University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 2013 (Automotive Design Aesthetics and Semantic Perception)

Research and Practice Interests

Industrial Design Visualization and Communication:
Identifying, generating, and applying techniques that allow for a better understanding of design projects and their context.

Multidisciplinary Advanced Future Projects:
Leading and taking part on industry projects that involve several disciplines to visualize future needs and generate design concepts for complex problems of the world of tomorrow.

Automotive design aesthetics and the semantic perceptions that derive from it were the central topic of my Master's Thesis. Using digital sculpting software for automotive design applications is another topic I have explored.

Positions and Work Experience

2014 -2014 Visiting Faculty, Industrial Design program, Univesity of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2013 -2014 Annualized Adjunct Professor, Industrial Design Program, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2013 -2014 Collaborator and project leader, Children's Hospital Cincinnati Medical Center - 2014 Adherence device Procter & Gamble - 2014 Living in place themed project Boeing project - 2014 Project co-leader. Currently coordinating the team to design communication tools. Designed airplane interior elements. (2013) United Healthcare - AARP project Project co-leader. Coordinated the team to design digital and analogue health communication tools. Duchossois / Chamberlain -2013 Living in place research and design opportunities. Thermacare / Pfizer projects - 2011 and 2012 Pain management research and design opportunities, Live Well Collaborative, Cincinnati, OH

2010 -2011 Chief Designer, Product development, packaging and POP, branding, local and international manufacturing., Lactius de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

2010 -2011 Freelance Designer, Toy design, Octopus Brands, Mexico City, Mexico

2007 -2011 Professor, Academic Coordinator, Designer, Professor: Automotive and industrial design, sketching and illustration workshops Designer: Cartoon Network licenced toy cars based on the Ben10 show characters, Rigoletti Casa de Diseño, Mexico City, Mexico

2015 -To Present Assistant Professor of Practice, Industrial Design , DAAP, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

2014 -2015 Assistant Visiting Professor, Industrial Design , DAAP, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

2013 - DAAP Camp Coordinator, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

2011 -2013 Graduate Assistant, Research collaboration with the Livewell Collaborative, Craig Vogel (Associate Dean), and Raphael Zammit (Industrial Design coordinator), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

2011 -2015 Live Well Collaborative, • Boeing sponsored multi-disciplinary studio: Principal Investigator. Airplane interiors. (Spring, 2015) • Boeing project multi-disciplinary studio: Project co-leader. Communication solutions. (Spring, 2014) • United Healthcare/AARP project multi-disciplinary studio: Project co-leader. Digital and analogue health communication tools. (Fall, 2013) • Duchossois / Chamberlain: Designer. Living in place research and design opportunities. (Winter, 2012) • Thermacare / Pfizer projects: Designer. Pain management research and design opportunities (Fall and Winter, 2012) , University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Research Support

Grant: #Live Well Collaborative, Inc. Investigators:Islas Munoz, Juan 12-01-2014 -12-01-2015 Live Well Collaborative, Inc. Adaptable Space Design: Boeing Studio Spring Semester 2015 Role:PI $21,980.00 Active Level:Private Non-Profit

Grant: #2016 Autodesk 16FS Sponsored Studio (See Crown 010461-002) Investigators:Islas Munoz, Juan 08-01-2016 -07-31-2017 Autodesk, Inc. AUTODESK 16FS Sponsored Studio Collaboration Role:PI $30,000.00 Active Level:Industry

Grant: #2016 SCA Crown Equipment Corp (See Also Autodesk #010462-002) Investigators:Islas Munoz, Juan 08-01-2016 -07-31-2017 Crown Equipment CROWN 16FS Sponsored Studio Role:PI $30,000.00 Active Level:Industry

Grant: #2019 SCA Investigators:Islas Munoz, Juan Antonio 08-26-2019 -08-25-2020 Hankook Tire Co., Ltd. 2020 Hankook Tire Design Innovation Sponsored Studio Role:PI $40,000.00 Awarded Level:Foreign Industry

Grant: #Boeing Studio Spring Semester 2020 Investigators:Islas Munoz, Juan Antonio; Vogel, Craig 12-01-2019 -12-31-2020 Live Well Collaborative, Inc. LWC - BOEING - Accessibility - 2020 Spring Semester Role:Collaborator $15,622.00 Active Level:Private Non-Profit


Peer Reviewed Publications

Zammit Raphael, Juan Antonio Islas Munoz (2014. ) Has Digital Clay Finally Arrived? .Computer-Aided Design and Applications, , 11 (1 ) ,S20

Other Publications

Juan Antonio Islas Munoz, Kyrsten Sanderson, Cecilia Arredondo (2014. ) Design and Medicine, Natural Partners .Innovation Quarterly Journal, 33 ( 0731-2334 ) ,52 -53, 54 Industrial Design Society of America


Invited Presentations

Raphael Zammit, Juan Antonio Islas Munoz (08-26-2013. ) (In Press. ) Has Digital Clay Finally Arrived? .PACE Global Forum, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California. Other Institution. . Level:International

Honors and Awards

2011 Fulbright Scholarship

2008 International Mexico City Taxi Cab Design Contest 1st place with the “Chapulín” project. National. Team project. Collaborated with the general packaging concept. Author of the exterior design, and interior styling. Author of project sketches.

2007 -2008 Nissan Design America Selected to participate in two Sponsored Projects for Latin America

2007 Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí Best Student Award, 2002-2007

2007 Medalla Estudiantes Ejemplares (Exemplar Students Medal) State award

2005 National Industrial Design Students Contest Selected for representing Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí

Post Graduate Training and Education

2011-2013 Master of Design, University of Cincinnati, , Cincinnati, OH


• Industrial Design • Automotive Design • Design Visualization Skills • Perception and Aesthetics • Design Research • Design Thinking • Design Education • Project Leadership

Courses Taught

Transportation Design Studio 2

Sophomore Design Visualization 2

Junior Product Design Communication 2

Freshmen Design Visualization

Sophomore Design Technology 2

Sophomore Design Technology 3

Pre-Junior Product Design Comunication

Undergraduate and Graduate Multi-disciplinary Studio

Sophomore Design Studio

Contact Information

Academic - School of Design Office
5280E Aronoff Center
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45220
Phone: 513-556-1120