No doubt that the new (to most of us) format of working is having a toll on us all. There are some benefits in flexibility and convenience, matched up with some drawbacks in collaboration and boundaries. One near-fatality of the pandemic for me was professional networking and mentorship. Online webinars have not been scratching that itch…
I have to hand it to the IDSA-Northern Lakes chapter for stepping up and continuing a series of online events that encourage actual interaction of the participants. I missed a handful recently because of other commitments, but I can say that I was anxious to get back in the fold. (I jumped back in yesterday evening). For me, the face-to-face interaction that I benefitted from with IDSA was invaluable, and the “topic-less” happy hour chats of this chapter help fill a bit of that void. It is only a part of the full solution, but I feel it is a part that is often overlooked. Thank you!
Wilson Beebe joined the DistillPD team in 2019, bringing with him experience in the bicycle and medical product worlds. Now settled in, we are proud to share the news that he is starting in on his next big change.
Wilson starts classes this week for the Master of Product Design and Development Management (mpd²) program at the Segal Design Institute, McCormick School of Engineering.
This is of course just the start of a lot of hard work ahead, and necessary precautions are making the process a unique endeavor. We wish him the best in his studies, and look forward to the day he can claim his new title.
February was a big month for us here at Distill PD – and in the process we got just a little bit bigger! We’ve been so busy that it dawned on us today that we never sent out an announcement…
Industrial Designer Wilson Beebe brings his experience in the bicycle and medical industries to our team, as well as a great attitude. Having fun pulling him in on ongoing projects as well as kicking off some new ones. Congrats Wilson – we’re glad to pull you aboard!
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!