Though Kentucky is most famous for its production of bourbon, it is also home to thriving pockets of manufacturing, entrepreneurial startups, creative consultancies, and technology incubators. Within the Lexington and Louisville metro areas, you’ll find nationally renowned consumer product companies such as GE Appliances, Brown Jordan International, Kenmark Optical, Big Ass Fans, and Lexmark. Organizations currently nurturing design and innovation include the Louisville Graphic Design Association, Forge, Venture Connectors, University of Louisville’s Nucleus Innovation Park, and the yearly IdeaFestival Conference.
Our chapter’s mission is to foster a local and regional design community by connecting design professionals and businesses relating to the product development industry. Together we are growing as a lively and successful IDSA chapter, which strengthens its members through educational events and expands the recognition of design in the community.
If you have information to share with the Kentucky ID community or ideas for events, please contact our chapter officers.
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IDSA-KY - Kenmark Optical Design Studio Tour - Wed, July 16, 2015 @ 6:00pm EST
Have you ever wondered how sunglasses and optical frames are designed and manufactured? Are you curious to learn how graphic designers create beautiful campaigns for iconic fashion brands? Together with Louisville's local chapter of AIGA, we'd like to take you on an exclusive industrial design and graphic design tour of Kenmark Optical. The Kenmark Group is an employee-owned company providing exceptional products, competitive prices, and superior service to Eyecare Professionals. With nearly 40 years of experience, the Kenmark Group holds an impressive portfolio of licensed brands including: Vera Wang, Zac Posen, kensie, Dana Buchman, Original Penguin, and Lilly Pulitzer. This tour will be held on-site at Kenmark's HQ, a 72,000 sq ft distribution and design center.