Spent yesterday evening at Milwaukee Tool for presentations and a tour of their Rapid Innovation Center. The event was co-hosted by ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers). Very cool to catch up on the changes at Milwaukee Tool as they implement new technology and tools to improve their product and process!
As the weather outside gets frightful, many of us grab a steaming cup of our favorite “thinking fuel”, curl up with a great book or movie (or perhaps an array of whiteboards) and settle in for the conclusion of the passing year. It is also a time to take stock of the last year and ruminate on what lies ahead. For Dpd it has been a fantastic year, and we owe thanks to many of you for that. We certainly wish the same for all of our friends and partners in 2019.
Had the unique opportunity to go to the Milwaukee premiere screening of “Rams” by director Gary Hustwit (director of Helvetica and Objectified) last night. After the screening Hustwit took questions from the crowd and then joined us all down the street at a local brewer. Nice break in a busy week, focusing on a designer who maintained his own focus impeccably…
Portfolio review at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design tonight, followed by an exhibit on seating design. It was nice to run into some old familiar faces while sharing some insights and guidance with the students – and the gallery space for the seating exhibit was transformed in a manner I had not seen in many years of public shows!
This very cool reissue of the Humanscale ergonomic design reference guides arrived earlier this week. An old-school tool for sure, but also one that has proven very effective and usable throughout my career. It was frustrating to find out when outfitting our new studio that old sets of these were going for major bucks as collectibles. Thanks to IA Collaborative for making this available again!
It’s February, which means it’s that time again… Distill-PD recently combed through 150 entries across multiple categories to help select finalists for the 2017 IHA Innovation Awards. Winners will be featured in the New Product Showcase at this year’s Housewares Show in March. This wasn’t our first rodeo – Douglas Carpiaux has participated for a handful of years and was an on-site judge for the IHA Student Design Competition in 2009. Looking forward to the show next month – expect we’ll see a few of you there!