Jaye Donaldson Acknowledged in Graphic Design: USA
The Donaldson Group, which claims bragging rights as “Connecticut’s First Design Firm,” is celebrating its 50th year in business. Formed as Industrial Design Consultants by Bill Gamble, Bruce Bradshaw and Dick Russell, IDC was well-known for industrial design for the consumer packaged goods and manufacturing industries. The firm’s work even landed on the moon, with gloves and helmet it designed for the nation’s first space suit. During the last twenty years, the firm has been spearheaded by Jaye Donaldson, daughter of co-founder Bill Gamble. After graduating from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications, Donaldson helped transform the firm’s project-based model to one based on high-level communications strategy, including branding and packaging. Along with a team of talented designers and planners, the company has worked over the years with such notable brands as Lever Bros., The Financial Times, The Hartford, 3M, Kodak, Orvis, Spalding, Texaco, Barnes Group, Pitney Bowes and IBM.