Lagoa will show how its super-fast, Cloud-based technology allows multiple users to interact with the same project in real time, make changes and render in a photorealistic session with complex materials that range from metals to cloth to volumetric plastics. Also, get a sneak peak of new features coming to the Lagoa platform this year.
Thiago Costa is the co-founder and CEO of Lagoa, a web-based platform for 3D visualization and rendering. Costa founded Lagoa with the vision of making professional quality 3D tools accessible to everyone via the browser. Originally from southern Brazil, he started his career as a programmer and mechanical visualization artist and entered the digital content creation industry working for broadcast television. In 2007, Costa moved to the US to work in the advertising (Nike, GM, Fox, Discovery Channel, Microsoft) and film industries before moving to Montreal to join Ubisoft as Lead Technical Director. With a broad set of skills, he realized the need for an integrated physics solver and built Lagoa MultiPhysics in 2010. The teaser video gained millions of views in days and was subsequently licensed to Autodesk.
At Pensa, we've gone in a new direction: BE OPEN. When we have a great idea, we don’t keep it under wraps—we tell everyone! Some might say we are asking to be ripped off. Truth is, if there is money to be made, there will be competition. But competition is a business problem, not a problem with being open. As designers, we are the champions of collaboration, creativity and optimism. We must fight against the fear of being open or risk stalling innovation.
Impatiently Waiting: Redesigning Hospital Patient Transport ROB VAN VARICK
Hospitals are constantly evolving to improve patient outcomes. Yet a key piece of equipment that is ubiquitous has gone unaltered since it was patented in 1933. And it was never designed for use in the hospital. I'm talking about the wheelchair! An icon of healthcare and disability, we see images of the wheelchair everywhere we go—parking spots, license plates, signs, etc. Explore the product development process undertaken by the Michael Graves Design Group in partnership with Stryker Medical to transform seated patient transport in the hospital. Learn how discoveries were turned into real solutions to problems that go beyond the patient experience. Learn about the research design process that addresses the needs of multiple stakeholders throughout the hospital environment.
Rob Van Varick has been working for the Michael Graves Design Group (MGDG) for the past 11 years. As a partner of the firm, he works with a broad range of clients and leads design teams on a wide spectrum of projects including retail, hospitality, contract furniture and healthcare. The Michael Graves Companies employ a unique, integrated multidisciplinary approach to design to enhance the human experience at every scale—from the built environment to the objects in a room. Their mission is to provide clients around the globe with innovative design solutions that are functional, sustainable, sensitive and beautiful. MGDG strives to make the ordinary extraordinary— functionally and aesthetically. The firm is built on the idea that good design is humanistic, familiar, accessible and intuitive.
Mark Prommel is a partner and the design director at Pensa where he leads and mentors a diverse group of multi-faceted designers. Throughout his 15+ years in the product design industry, Prommel has received numerous design awards and holds dozens of design and utility patents. His clients span a variety of fields and include: Panasonic, Pepsi, Microsoft, Chobani, OXO, McDonald’s and Samsung. Prommel holds a BFA in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
Connections – Making Sense of Customers When They Don’t Know What They’re Talking About KEVIN PATMORE
In 2009, Stryker set out to replace the ubiquitous wheelchair, a product designed over 80 years ago. How do you set about redesigning a product that hasn’t seen change in four generations and is universally understood, but is ill-suited for today’s modern healthcare environment? Join Kevin Patmore as he discusses the trials and tribulations of developing a product that is universally familiar to all but in dire need of a complete rethinking. He will cover the foundational approach used in the customer research, the challenges in listening to customers, the revelation of just watching, and how the team developed a new product when the users give absolutely no thought to the product they use every day.
GYST Bags: A Journey from an Invention to the Store Shelves Dominique Aris
Dominique Aris explains how his design studio, be-unique, with clients including Britax, Oakley and Columbia/Montrail, launched a premium backpack line called GYST. Some topics he will cover include: never under-estimate competition; treat yourself as your own client; surround yourself with good critics; and stop believing stories about overnight success. Being prepared won’t avoid mistakes…but will enhance success.
Dominique Aris Founder Be-unique Consulting and GYST Concept Sports Bags
Dominique Aris has a unique approach and is a highly creative designer, always starting from the essence of a product and adding technology, fun and fashion. Designing for 16 years since receiving a Master’s in Industrial Design from ESDI in Paris, Aris is the creator of more than five utility patents. His design studio called be-unique design brought to the market a wide range of gear that has been showcased in international publications including Outside magazine, Bike magazine and Moto-Verte, and has designed for corporation such as adidas, Fox Racing and Oakley. Aris directed the design team for EVS motocross and in 2010 he launched a line of transition bags which became a reference in triathlon (www.gystconcept.com).
Kevin Patmore Chief Engineer & Engineering Product Manager Stryker Medical
Kevin Patmore is celebrating his twenty-fifth year of designing, developing and engineering products. A graduate of Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering, Patmore has made a career of being a key advocate for the customer and drives product development focus toward satisfying their emotional and rational needs. For the past 14 years, he has developed a portfolio of medical devices for Stryker Medical where he currently serves as the Chief Engineer and Engineering Product Manager for the Patient Handling division in Kalamazoo, MI. In his spare time, he spends his time preparing for marathons and bicycle races.