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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 […]

Farewell to 2016, Hello to 2017

  As 2016 draws to a close, we count our collaborations as our most precious highlights – understanding that the experiences we explore and the work we create are inseparable from the company we keep. We look forward to 2017 with excitement, and wish to count our current partners among those highlights again, alongside some […]

Does Big Data Always Equal Big Understanding?

  ** This is a re-post of a past article from 2013 that is highly relevant today.  Some lessons need constant reminders to take hold.   Lots of chatter about Big Data out there these days. Huge possibilities lie ahead for those who can use it smartly, but there’s a flip side for those who […]

Marking An Occasion

  We would be remiss if we let this July come to a close without noting that it marks our first full year of business as Distill Product Development. It has been a fun and challenging year of deep familiarity infused with fresh changes. With over 20 years of collaboration under our belts, it is […]

Summer ID Internship with Distill-PD

  Distill-PD is currently searching for an Industrial Design intern to join us for the summer.  Candidates should have junior or higher status in an accredited Industrial Design program.  Position details available here. To apply for this position, candidates must provide a cover letter/resume and portfolio sample (under 10MB) that represents a cross section of […]

The Coming Storm…

  “Let’s brainstorm on this – I’ll check schedules and reserve a room…” Do those words fill you with anticipation or dread? Often characterized by playful exercises and “absolutely no criticism” decrees to force us out of figurative boxes, I can understand why some of the more pragmatic types amongst us may look at it […]