Nick Foster – industrial designer, engineer, futures thinker – promised a “grim” subject matter at the IDSA event last Thursday at Groupon in Palo Alto, and he did not disappoint. In under 60 minutes, Nick gave us a history of how manufacturing was pushed out of northern England, killed our buzz about 3D printing, told us to focus on the mundane instead of the aspirational, and said that Santa Claus wasn't real. OK, the last one didn't happen, but the first three stand.
People aren’t disappointed by current-state connected devices because their creators lacked vision, instead we're let down because their dreams exceed the reality of what technology can deliver.
As design thinkers, we’re focused on identifying the hard tradeoffs in product design while keeping the user perspective front and center. This is imperative no matter what the size of your business - from startups to multinationals.
It is an election year for the St. Louis Chapter of IDSA and Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, nominations were collected and new officers were decided. Thank you to Metaphase Design Group for hosting this this last official meeting of 2013.
Our friends at Brown Jordan International are hosting us for a special tour of their design studio and showroom. Come see how they design high-end outdoor furniture. Afterwards we'll socialize with food, beverages and ping pong!
Through our IDSA STL chapter, we were contributing organizers of our annual event called FUSION, which is a component to the annual AIGA St. Louis DesignWeek event series. This year, FUSION was held from September 20th – 28th. Our FUSION team included not only our IDSA squad, but members from Niche Furnishings + Design, Openly Disruptive and the HOK model shop.