At the heart of the design process is creation–seeing something that doesn’t exist and transforming that idea into something real. As designers, we are visionaries. We become adept at seeing things others cannot. Honing our skills to identify a problem, research and understand its parameters, and critically explore solutions until we find one that is appropriate. What if that vision could be used to help others? We know design can solve social problems from providing clean drinking water to creating affordable forms of shelter. But can design change our perceptions regarding value? Can design be used to make others feel valued? Can design give value to something that once had none? The answer is yes. Using Design Samaritan’s work with furniture, we will explore just some of the ways that design is a catalyst for transformation–not just for things, but also for people.
After graduating from Georgia Tech, Paul Bowman began his career in the entertainment industry, designing attractions for theme parks. Over the past ten years, he has worked in the field of environmental graphics, focusing on the visual aspects of communicating identity, wayfinding and shaping the idea of place. In 2012, Bowman founded Design Samaritan to help others and save valuable resources from the landfill. This social enterprise finds and refurbishes furniture, transforming it into one-of-a-kind home furnishings. For each piece that is sold, furniture is donated to a family transitioning out of homelessness and into a home of their own.
Dive into the complex world of ingredient brands and the challenges that exist within them. We will look at ways to increase the chances for success through the use of a fast fail mentality and a focus on the 5 W’s: Who, What, Where, When and Why. These critical questions drive the quality and content of your solutions. More importantly, we will identify some of the common mistakes that lead to unsuccessful solutions within the context of product development.
BRETT VLADIKA Director of Product Development Boa Technology
Brett Vladika is the Director of Product Development for Boa Technology in Denver. The focus of his efforts is the definition and alignment of the strategies and activities of the prototyping, design, engineering, R&D, and product development departments with the larger goals of Boa Technology. Previously he spent 10 years at Brooks Stevens Design, a product development consulting firm started by one of the founding fathers of Industrial Design. At Brooks Stevens he held the positions of Product Designer, Project Manager and Design & Research Manager. Prior to that, he cut his design and manufacturing teeth at Amana Refrigeration, where he led the efforts for all freestanding refrigeration. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati in 1993.
Join us in the Windy City of Chicago for the 2014 Midwest District Design Conference. Chicago is a hotbed of designers, great architecture and cool activities. No matter what your passions and pastimes, you’ll want to extend your stay in this vibrant city.
For over 30 years, 3-D Technical Services has been providing a full spectrum of modeling and prototyping services for designers and engineers. Our goal is to help our clients accelerate the success of their product development. We are constantly expanding our skills and capabilities in an effort to bring our clients the finest service in the industry.
We live in a world where everyone wants and needs design. Companies that have never taken an interest in design before, now see it as the saving grace that will catapult them beyond their wildest dreams to the next level. “Design Thinking” and “Innovation” have become common words around the water cooler and in the board room. The position of CDO is becoming more popular, even among companies that have historically not celebrated the value of design. Yet, our profession is still widely unknown. Everyone wants to be a designer, but no one wants to hear what designers really do. Or can it be, that we, as designers, are really not good at explaining what we do? Kevin Shinn explores the realities of our profession, “unfolding” the layers to expose what we can and need to do to elevate awareness, educate others and earn a seat at the leadership table.
KEVIN SHINN, IDSA Vice President of Design Altair Thinklabs
Kevin Shinn is the Vice President of Design at Altair Thinklabs, a global creative company that helps businesses succeed through human-centered design. Shinn joined the company in 2013 to lead the industrial design division of Altair. He has a proven track record of successfully integrating design into corporate strategy as a key competitive advantage. Prior to his current position, Shinn led design at Dow Corning Corp. and was the Head of Industrial Design for Rubbermaid Home Products. He has an extensive background in consumer, toy and automotive products. Shinn was the IDSA Mideast District Vice President from 2009 through 2011 and has served on the Board of Directors for IDSA. He holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the College for Creative Studies.
LaunchLab, LLC is a small Atlanta-based multi-disciplinary industrial design firm. It specializes in industrial product design and development. LaunchLab also provides graphic design services for advertising and marketing functions as well as CAD services for Engineering/Design purposes.
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