Carl Garant was born and raised in Chicago. He received Industrial Design BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana. Garant began teaching as a Professor Emeritus at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. He then became the Dean of Industrial and Interior Design at the college. He has taught, written, traveled, and had many speaking engagements discussing design and the design process throughout his tenure.
Garant believes that design is fundamental to consciousness, archetypal in context, and the underlying language of change and transformation. He has won many design and community service awards. In 1994 he was invited as a delegate to visit and lecture in China as part of the People to People program. This invitation was China’s first to American industrial designers supporting China’s new “open-door policy.”