Chief Design Officer, Matrix4
Kyle Swen is a design entrepreneur who believes creative design can change any business, big or small. Over the past two decades, Kyle has collaborated with numerous and diverse clients, such as Nike, Microsoft, HP, Herman Miller, Kia Motors, Sol Republic, Callaway Golf, Nixon, and Halyard Health, among many others. Kyle’s work has garnered recognition in ID Magazine and won numerous awards, including two Business Week | IDSA Design of the Decade Awards and a Catalyst Award for Business Impact. Prior to joining Matrix4, Kyle was a founding Partner and EVP at Astro Studios, a San Francisco-based design consultancy. Kyle also has worked for Lunar (acquired by McKinsey Design) and Tandem Computers (now a server division within HP), respectively.
Sustainability Design Deep Dive 2020 Session Description
Presentation: A Case Study – Matrix4 Year 1, Design + Manufacturing
In January 2019, design and manufacturing married to create one M4 Design Studio + Manufacturing Factory House. Reveling in the heart of the machine and what factory culture could be, we curated a dynamic and eclectic team to freely mix disciplines. We believed in the value of design and that it should not be left on the factory’s cutting room floor. We would utilize the creative playground of the M4 House to re-inspire a sense of exploration and push for more out of materials and innovation. We would remember along the way that Mother Earth should be protected, and that we are in the driver’s seat to take conscious action and nurture the positive use of raw materials and resins. We also believed that “cheap plastic” was not what we wanted to stand for when #makemeaningfully is our mantra.