For over a year, the nonprofit DesignHouse has been bringing together industrial designers for farm-to-table design. In Chicago-area Design Jams, professionals have created ideas that capitalize on the unique strengths of local manufacturers to bring them fresh business opportunities, such as the successfully Kickstarted #Reveal Frame.
Co-founder Paul Hatch has been taking the organization's message to conferences around the U.S. and Europe, but now the Design For Local movement has truly caught a foothold outside of Chicago with the first jam in a new city.
Last week in Pittsburgh, the local design community came out to ideate for Ace Wire Spring & Form Company. Volunteers at the sold-out event brainstormed products such as a knee-support for winter sports -- products that are well within the manufacturer's capabilities, but outside of their normal offerings. The top ideas from last week's jam will continue to be developed by Pittsburgh designers in the coming months as they lead up to a new product launch.
Special thanks to the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Catalyst Connection for their hard work on the great event.
Today on World Usability Day, UX pros around the globe are celebrating the 2015 theme of innovation. In honor of both #WUD and #TBT, we're taking a look back at TEAMS's roots in innovative UX -- which go all the way back to our beginnings.
Founder Hans Erich Slany pitched a wild idea to Bosch back in the 50's -- encase power tools in plastic instead of metal. Users who were accustomed to repetitive stress injuries and shocks from their heavy, conductive tools saw a huge improvement in their daily experience using these new tools. Simple change, huge impact.
This year's Good Design Awards have recognized the Bissell Bolt Ion, a lightweight cordless stick vacuum made for the busy user who wants to get a better clean in the time available. The flexible and convertible design makes the most time-consuming areas faster and less strenuous. Read our case study below or see Good Design's coverage here: https://www.good-design.com/entry/bissell-bolt-ion-series/
Last week, TEAMS USA CEO Paul Hatch went to the White House to take part in a national summit on manufacturing. Representing TEAMS and non-profit DesignHouse, Hatch contributed his expertise on the positive role of industrial design in manufacturing and the economy.
What do you do when the office foosball table – everyone’s favorite pastime – starts to decline, giving way to small elements of rust along the handlebars, plus a couple faulty players that tend to lose their legs at every kick? Two things: revamp the foosball table and donate it to good hands.
This week, we personally delivered our foosball table to local refugees in the Stuttgart area. Read more about it here: http://www.teamsdesign.com/en/news/article/sharing-the-foosball-love-with-local-refugees