Bill Deiter

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President and Principal Designer Terrazign, Inc.


After graduation from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Industrial Design in 1989, Bill, Terrazign's president and principal designer, worked as a designer in Nike's Advanced Engineering Group on both footwear and apparel for five years. He started Terrazign, Inc. in 1994, specializing in collapsible structures, the non-conventional application of fabrics, and mixed-use of soft and hard goods. Products include semi-rigid backpacks, hydrationsystems, disposables for bio-technology, transportation enclosures, and event environments.

Clients include Nike, Segway, NASA, Gerber Blades, Malden Mills, and Ziba Design. In 2005 Susanna Hohmann joined Terrazign as a junior designer. She has a Master degree in Architecture from Rice University and an intrest in working with wool felt.

In addition to Terrazign, Bill transformed an old warehouse in Portland's industrial district into an environment where small design-centric companies can collaborate while running independent businesses. Within this community, Terrazign's studio encompasses a 10,000-square-foot shop used exclusively for building prototypes. The shop is an integral part of Bill's "hands-on" aproach to the design and development of new products.