Benjamin Chia

Benjamin ChiaLecturer, Industrial Design

BSID, Industrial Design, San Jose State University


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Benjamin Chia is the Chief Creative Officer and Cofounder of elemental8. He is an experienced and multidisciplinary designer capable in all phases of the design process. As CCO, he directs the creative staff and develops new business potentials.

Benjamin was a design manager at designafairs USA, and then took over the ownership of designafairs USA with his business partner. Previously he was at Pentagram Design as senior industrial designer / project lead since the inception of its San Francisco ID team in 1996. Benjamin also worked with a number of other leading design firms in US and Asia before that.

Benjamin's designs have been recognized with numerous design awards from BusinessWeek/Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), the Consumer Electronics Show Innovation Showcase (CES), International Housewares Awards (IHA), Good Design Awards, ID Magazine Design Annual, and others. His work can be seen as permanent collections at the New York Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Archives in Washington DC. 

Since 2000, Benjamin has been teaching at Stanford University, Academy of Art College, San Francisco State University, and San Jose State University, focusing on design process, strategy, and application.