From starting in his garage in 1980, to selling his patented oil well drilling machinery all over the world, Larry Keast will share his incredible rags to riches story of entrepreneurship. He loves designing machinery and holds 17 patents. He will share the beginnings of his dream, the struggles he came through and how team building, leadership, good design and a lot of luck have allowed him to achieve his goals.
Keast will also discuss his non-profit, America in Recovery, and how he is “doing well by doing good.” He believes that giving back to the community is a key factor in a successful business and successful life. America in Recovery is moving to the next level as it launches a nationwide campaign to help educate at-risk youth, as well as help find jobs for those previously incarcerated and our aging population.
There are big ideas and big dreams. There are the quotidian and the common. Then there is the messy spot or moment where these all might meet. For me that is where design happens--in prospecting forward and addressing the systems of interaction of people and their 'ecology.’ High-tech and handmade, technology in the outdoors, bricks and brains. These are not opposites they are interacting systems. That is what our work is about—inner space and outer space, discovery and marriage. Earthships and spaceships, buildings and furniture, but mostly people.
Garrett Finney is the founder of TAXA Inc., creator of the Cricket Trailer. Cricket is a lightweight pop-up camper built from aluminum and composites manufactured in Houston, TX. He is an award-winning architect with both a BA and an MA in Architecture from Yale University. His experience includes the role of Senior Architect at the Habitability Design Center (JSC/NASA), working on the International Space Station and Lunar Habitats. He is an architect, blacksmith and industrial designer. He has taught at the University of Minnesota, University of Kentucky, Rhode Island School of Design and Temple University. He loves camping, biking and plays the accordion.
Larry Keast started Venturetech in his garage in 1980, and has ridden many oilfield ups and downs since. In 2001, he launched his patented XK Power Swivels, the only new engineering in this drilling machinery in 30 years. Since then, Venturetech has shipped over 600 machines around the world. America needs businessmen whose success is measured not only in business, but also by contributions to society. Keast believes business owners owe a debt of gratitude to this free country, and he puts his money where his mouth is.
Carmella Lee is director of video at Design Science. She holds a BA in Industrial Design from Philadelphia University. Lee has worked at Design Science since 2005. She enjoys the challenges and strategy of setting up cameras and recording in a wide variety of contexts, from surgical procedures and usability testing to home environments. She manages video capture on and off site, syncs and processes multi-view recordings, and archives Design Science’s video collection. Her previous experience includes work at Knoll Inc., where she created instructional videos for chair use in addition to ISO and Six Sigma documents for assembly line work stations.
From the Eyes of a Hospital Doctor: Design for Better Frontline Medicine SUNEEL DHAND
This presentation will discuss how medical design affects the patient and physician experience. Dr. Dhand will describe his experiences as a doctor across the US and internationally and his observations of what makes for an excellent, welcoming, and healing environment. He will take you through the hospital from the eyes of the doctor and patient—all the way from the hospital lobby to the medical floors. As healthcare moves forward into a new era, these previously neglected factors have become more important than ever. By incorporating better and more thoughtful designs, we can positively impact quality and the patient experience as we strive to take healthcare to the next level.
Suneel Dhand is a doctor, author and healthcare consultant. Dr. Dhand currently practices as a hospital medicine physician in Boston. He is the Founder & Director of MangoWell, an organization and consultancy firm that is dedicated to improving the quality of hospital care and delivering an excellent patient experience. He was born in London and grew up in Berkshire, England. He went to medical school at Cardiff University and then moved to the US, completing his internal medicine residency in Baltimore. Dr. Dhand has authored numerous articles that have been published in leading medical journals. He is also the author of two well-being books; High Percentage Wellness Steps, and the historical fiction book, Thomas Jefferson: Lessons from a Secret Buddha.
On June 14, more than 250 members of the design community who had assembled for this year’s San Francisco Design Week filled Astro Studios’ Bay Area HQ to check out an exhibition of work from women designers—one of the first such events anywhere in the world in several years.