Hi, we're Nate Justiss and Lindsay Windham. In 2011, we founded Distil Union as a micro-collective of designers having fun (and working hard) creating products that improve experiences in our everyday lives. Truth be told, nothing makes us happier than hearing one of our designs has helped make someone's life a little better.
We met in 2006, and in our years as designers, we worked on literally hundreds of products together (mainly Apple accessories). When our last employer, Philips Design, closed their Charleston office, we stayed to soak up the lifestyle of freelance designers in this laid-back coastal town that's full of "working-class creatives" and entrepreneurs. As friends we stayed connected, often riffing on product ideas over beers... So in 2011, we joined together (Union, get it?) to create the products we want to see on the shelves. Selfish? Perhaps. Exciting? You bet your pants it is!
Entirely self-funded on a boot-strap budget, we launched our first product on Kickstarter. After working in the “big-box retail” industry for so long, it was a rush being part of the dynamic crowdfunding community that allowed us as designers to connect directly with customers, users, backers – you. After 6 Kickstarter projects, we're hooked creating products that solve everyday problems.
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