I met Richard Elaver last night. Richard is an Industrial Designer at Appalachian State University and I have been looking forward to talking to him for quite sometime. Richard studied with Gary Griffin at Cranbrook, and Gary has always been one of my Metalsmithing heros. I had followed some interesting design projects that Richard had been a part of when he was at Cranbrook working on the Alessi project. I was a big fan of that work. He also worked for Droog Design and I have always liked the work coming out of there. I believe a lot of Richards interests parallel mine, so it should be really good to get to know him and to hear more about what he is teaching.