Edwin Arthur "Ed" Schlossberg (born July 19, 1945), founder and principal of ESI Design, is an American designer, author, and artist. He specializes in designing interactive, participatory experiences, beginning in 1977 with the first hands-on learning environment in the US for the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Schlossberg continues to work in the field and publishes frequently on the subject. He is the husband of Caroline Kennedy and son-in-law of the late John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. He has published nine books, including "Einstein and Beckett" and "Interactive Excellence". His art work has been presented in many one-man shows and museum exhibits. In 2011, he was appointed to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts by President Barack Obama.
Schlossberg's multi-disciplinary design firm, ESI Design, is based on Sixth Avenue in New York City. It has produced award-winning interactive experiences for both institutional and corporate clients. Signature projects include:
Best Buy – Concept Stores
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
Ellis Island – American Family Immigration History Center
Pope John Paul II Cultural Center
Reuters|Reuters Spectacular at 3 Times Square
Sony Plaza and Sony Wonder Technology Lab
Time Warner Home to the Future installation
World Financial Center Breezeway Media Walls
World Trade Center and World Financial Center Informational Kiosks
Schlossberg's plans for a redesign of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland received public attention when ESI was engaged to head the project in 2007, but the Hall of Fame ultimately went with a different design because of cost considerations.
About Edwin Schlossberg
Inspired by influential mid-century artists and designers, Edwin Schlossberg creates visual art that sits at the nexus of fine art, concrete poetry, and design and is largely inspired by John Cage’s aesthetic teachings on themes such as silence. Schlossberg’s art and design practice, which blends strong graphic design with texts that are poetic, essayistic, and philosophical, serendipitously emerged during his graduate studies at Columbia University. Interactions with John Cage at Columbia in addition to Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg downtown prompted him to begin writing concrete poetry, while his tenure working with R. Buckminster Fuller inspired his design career. Outside of his art practice, Schlossberg founded the firm ESI Design, where he worked as an exhibition designer for several museums and pioneered the interactive model that proliferates across many science and children’s museums.
American, b. 1945