The Past and Future of Products

IDSA Members Featured in New Panel

Jan 26 2016 - 9:18am

IDSA members are among the panelists in "The Past and Future of Products," sponsored by the Denver Mixer Group (IDSA, SEGD, The Denver Architectural Foundation and AIGA Colorado) and co-created and moderated by IDSA Board of Directors West District VP Jason Belaire. The event is scheduled from 6 to 8 pm on Feb. 24, 2016 at the Englewood Civic Center's Hampden Hall.

"What it means to be a product designer is constantly changing," says Belaire, "but it often involves creativity in a range of disciplines, from engineering and industrial design to graphic design. We've gathered together some of the most legendary product designers who will discuss the past, current and future state of product design and how it's evolved."

Robert Blaich, FIDSA, formerly served as head of design at Herman Miller; global head of design at Royal Philips Electronics; chairman of the board of TEAGUE; and president of ICSID.

John Ciciora, L/IDSA, is the director of the Industrial Design Department at the Art Institute of Colorado. He previously worked on aerospace projects including the Skylab, the space shuttle and the space station.

Michael McCoy, IDSA, is a former IDSA International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) winner who also earned the IDSA Education Award. McCoy is the first recipient of the Smithsonian's Design Minds National Design Award. He is the president of McCoy & McCoy, Inc., and former director of 3D design at the renowned Cranbrook Academy of Art. 

Jeff Samson founded Samson Design more than 30 years ago. He's an assistant professor at the University of Colorado's Graduate School of Design and Planning.

The panel will highlight how processes, communications and prototyping methodologies have evolved. It wiill also address: the future of new technologies; smart products and materials; integration of software and hardware; self-driving and autonomous products; reintroduction of craft into products; interface with products; sustainable products; 3D printing; and local manufacturing.

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