PHILOSOPHY

I am an Industrial Designer, Interdisciplinary Engineer, and serial entrepreneur who designs, engineers, and develops revolutionary products for a better future. For those who believe in astrology, I was born in the year of the Mac. In 1984, a grinning, bow-tied Steve Jobs unveiled the Mac: a vision for an alternative future. For myself and other product designers who grew up on Apple, the company imprinted a set of unshakable expectations for tomorrow's products: they must be friendly, understandable, and online. I especially admire those products which are built on a technical feat of science, thereby advancing society with a new widespread capability.

For me, physical things provide a deeper potential to affect change than websites do. I think its because, at the end of the day, we are physical creatures and find deeper intuition, joy, and permanence with things in our physical environment.

SPEAKING EVENTS, WRITTEN PIECES, FEATURES, & WORKSHOPS


  • 05/06/2014 - TEDxAtlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Speaker, Topic: Design Studios as Invention Centers and the Promise of American Entrepreneurship

  • 03/2014 - INTEL: The Future Is Now
  • The Future is Now: The Future of Design

  • 03/26/2014 - FKKS, New York, NY
  • Panelist at Gotham Media presents Digital Breakfast: The Internet of Things

  • 03/10/2014 - NYU School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY
  • Presentation at Inno/Vention Prototyping Info Session

  • 02/26/2014 - DENKEREI, Berlin, Germany
  • Presentation at the Berlin 2014 Series of Urban Knights

  • 02/10/2014 - NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, New York, NY
  • Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), Sensors in Hardware Products, Guest Speaker

  • 01/31/2014 - RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN (RISD), Providence, RI
  • Prototyping in Physical Computing, Guest Speaker

  • 02/2014 - ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE
  • February 2014 Issue, Cover Story on Tomorrow Lab®

  • 10/30/2013 - NEW YORK UNIVERSITY - MAGNET CENTER, Brooklyn, NY
  • Prototyping Workshop, Guest Speaker

  • 09/26/2013 - CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (CUNY) GRADUATE CENTER, New York, NY
  • GoGreen NYC 2013, Guest Speaker

  • 09/04/2013 - NEW YORK TECH MEETUP, New York, NY
  • Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York Tech Meetup, Guest Speaker presenting WayCount™

  • 08/27/2013 - NYC ACRE, New York, NY
  • IDSA / Hardware Startup Meetup, Guest Speaker

  • 07/29/2013 - SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS, New York, NY
  • Design for Social Change, Guest Speaker

  • 07/02/2013 - MARTHAS TABLE, Washington, DC
  • Youthful Savings Summer Entrepreneurship Program, Guest Speaker

  • 05/10/2013 - BUSINESS INSIDER
  • THE DESIGN 75: The Best Designers in Technology

  • 03/20/2013 - GOOD.is
  • The Future of Product Design is Localized and Democratized

  • 04/22/2013 - SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS, New York, NY
  • Products of Design Program, Final Review Panelist

  • 01/11/2013 - PARTIZANING.org
  • Open Source Urbanism through Product Design

  • 12/17/2012 - NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, New York, NY
  • Digital Communications and Media Program, Final Review Panelist

  • 11/5/2012 - NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, New York, NY
  • Digital Communications and Media Program, Final Review Panelist

  • 08/15/2012 - STRELKA INSTITUTE, Moscow, Russia
  • Creating Public Spaces

  • 08/10/2012 - 08/15/2012 - STRELKA INSTITUTE, Moscow, Russia
  • Changing Tomorrow by Intervening Today Workshop

  • 06/25/2012 - COPENHAGEN INSTITUTE FOR INTERACTION DESIGN (CIID), Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Open Lecture: How can open-source rapid fabrication techniques be used to produce useful, sellable products, not just prototypes

  • 03/2012 - 06/2012 - DREXEL UNIVERSITY, Philadelphia, PA
  • Opening Audio Studio Course

  • 10/15/2011 - FLUX FACTORY, Queens, NY
  • The Industrial Designer's Role in Tactical Urbanism, Tactical Urbanism Salon

  • 03/17/2010 - EYEBEAM CENTER FOR ART AND TECHNOLOGY, New York, NY
  • Opening Hardware, Participant and co-organizer in first Open Source Hardware meeting

  • 04/2009 - IDSA SOUTHERN DISTRICT CONFERENCE, New Orleans, LA
  • Tangible Human Interaction Prototypes - Presentation of Masters Thesis work from Georgia Tech

  • 12/2008 - ART VOICES MAGAZINE
  • Article featuring THE WALL exhibit at Art House Gallery

  • 10/2008 - ART HOUSE GALLERY, Atlanta, GA
  • THE WALL featured at Art House Gallery during Le Flash Event

  • 05/2008 - 07/2008 - MUSEUM OF DESIGN ATLANTA, Atlanta, GA
  • Hammer models exhibited at Museum of Design Atlanta's Made in Georgia Show
  • BACKGROUND

    Ted holds a Bachelor of Inventive Design Engineering (BSE) Degree from Purdue University, and a Master of Industrial Design (MID) Degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He has also studied architecture and society in Copenhagen, Denmark and around Scandinavia.

    In 2010, Ted founded Tomorrow Lab®, a New York City based hardware development consultancy that researches, designs, and engineers revolutionary products that steer communities toward a better future. He does speaking events on the future of design and technology (see below). In the past, Ted has been an Adjunct Professor of Product Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia where he organized and taught the Opening Audio design studio course, has worked at Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology, Armchair Media, Epidemik Coalition, and taught at the Georgia Institute of Technology's College of Architecture.

    BUSINESS

    Alongside Tomorrow Lab®, Ted helped start and/or propel the following start-ups:
    WayCount™, an open data platform for crowdsourcing automobile and bicycle traffic counts.
    Windowfarms™, an opensource citizen science project exploring how to provide fresh food to urban dwellers.
    littleBits, a growing library of discrete electronics that snap together with magnets to allow fast prototyping of sensors and displays.
    Social Bicycles™, an affordable bike share system which puts all mobile communications on the bikes themselves.
    DoTank:Brooklyn, an action-oriented group of urban planners, architects, and designers who use boot-strapping and guerilla tactics to bring attention and positive improvements to the local community.
    Bring to Light NYC, the city's version of the global Nuit Blanche night-time arts event format where public spaces are illuminated with electronic art for one night every year.

    THEODORE ULLRICH (1984)

    ted_ullrich_portrait
    Photo by Ewan Burns

  • Email: ted (at) tomorrow-lab (dot) com
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  • US20130067814, CA2836409A1, WO2011150365A3
    Hydroponic System

  • US20130298619, CA2816135A1
    Interchangeable Electronic Lock

  • US20130298616
    Method and System for Operating an Electronic Lock

  • Tomorrow Lab

  • WayCount
  • I am focused on understanding and promoting the American style of entrepreneurship: one which cradles risk taking, Design Studios as Invention Centers, and advancing our culture through market-driven adoptions of mass manufactured technology products.

    I am also passionate about creating hardware devices which democratize access to participatory city planning processes to create more equitable transportation services. Two examples of devices I have created are: WayCount and Hi-Viz.

  • Adam Harvey
  • Art House Co-Op
  • Armchair Media
  • Ayah Bdeir
  • Britta Riley & Rebecca Bray
  • Bjorn Wahlstrom & H.A.L. Literature
  • Emily Ullrich
  • Epidemik Coalition
  • Eric Stevenson
  • Farbod Kokabi
  • Fred Ullrich
  • Georgios Saliaris
  • Jon Jowers
  • Jorge Menes
  • Josh Tuminella
  • Kevin Byrd
  • Larry Luk
  • Michael Gluzman
  • Michael Zick Doherty
  • Mick Bailey
  • People of Resource | David VanArsdale
  • Pepin Gelardi
  • Sean Pheanis
  • Shelton Davis
  • Son & Sons
  • Stephen Kennedy
  • Stefan Kjartansson
  • Travis Ekmark