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ASME/SPE tour of Milwaukee Tool

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 […]

Happy Holidays & New Year!

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 […]

Honoring A Master

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 […]

2018 IDC Conference – NOLA

Nice to see a slightly less debaucherous side of the French Quarter the morning after the close of the 2018 International Design Conference. Had a great time reconnecting with peers, discussing craft, and enjoying the scenery in New Orleans. Onward to Chicago in 2019!  

On The Road Again…

Heading down the autobahn on the way to research… 150kph sounds more impressive than 93mph, but the station wagon blowing past you on the left is probably the more telling reference of measure.  

Portfolio Review and Exhibit at MIAD

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 […]

Humanscale Ergonomic Reference Reissue

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 […]

Thanksgiving Wishes

Distill-PD would like to extend our best wishes to our friends and colleagues as you explore your [ thankful / gluttonous / consumerist / road-raging / tryptophan-coma ] side for a few days. Have safe travels, enjoyable conversation with your families, and we will be here when you return!  

2017 International Housewares Show

  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 […]