Co-Owner / Principal
Ted has been designing, creating, and making things from the moment he could hold a pencil in his hand (that the pencil was made from old-growth lumber would become an issue as his awareness of and love for the natural world matured).
Ted's relentless curiosity, lust for life, and desire to create led to an equally curious education — anthropology, fine woodworking, and environmental ecology at The University of Wisconsin at Madison; dinner parties and hip-hop night at the Lorenzo de Medici Art Institute of Florence, Italy; and, finally, The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he received his BFA in Industrial Design in 2004.
Ted's design career began in soft goods at California Innovations' Chicago office. There Ted was drawn deep into the world of product design on a massive scale, simultaneously enchanted and challenged by cost engineering and development trips overseas, high stakes design presentations for large retailers, and the ultimate challenge of trying to design products for six year old girls … luckily, there was foosball and the most amazing coworkers to help him cope.
In addition to his work at Strand, Ted is an instructor in Industrial Design at UIC and at SAIC.
Co-Owner / Principal
Though fascinated by just about everything, a passion for writing and image-making led Sharon to study graphic design over biochemistry, philosophy, psychiatry and poetry …
Sharon received her undergraduate degree in graphic design from California College of the Arts in 2000, where she had the good fortune to learn from and work with some of the best designers in the profession. After graduating from CCA and working in The Bay Area for a few years, Sharon headed back to Chicago to earn her MFA at The School of The Art Institute Chicago.
Before starting Strand with Ted in 2009, Sharon worked as an in-house designer for the international fashion company Oilily, then at RGLA, one of the top retail design firms in the country, and has freelanced for several boutique design firms in San Francisco and Chicago.
When she's not at Strand or teaching with Ted at SAIC, Sharon can be usually found on remote islands in large bodies of water.