I have never consumed so much coffee or as many donuts as I did during my seven-week tenure at Tekna. But besides acquiring a caffeine dependence, I’ve also amassed a broad set of design skills and developed a deep appreciation for Kalamazoo and [...]
Thanks to the avid cyclists at Tekna, I have recently rekindled my interest in bicycling after a long hiatus. When Tekna asked for volunteers for Open Roads’ “Fixapalooza,” a free drop-in bike repair clinic for youth 18 and under, I jumped at [...]
When applying for internships this past October, I came across a speech from the former Chief Marketing Officer of Frog Design, Tim Leberecht. He shared a story about two design companies undergoing a merger.
Don’t miss 269 Magazine’s recent interview with our very own Mike Rozewicz. You can read his perspective on the multifaceted world of product development, as he shares personal success stories and dishes out career advice.
Bryce Porter and I recently attended IDSA’s Central District Design Conference, “Innovation Is a Team Sport,” hosted by University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (UC DAAP).
Tekna is committed to supporting Michigan’s creative technology community. Recently, Dan Altenritter and I were fortunate enough to attend Carnevale’s 2017 Gala in Grand Rapids, where we rubbed shoulders with some of southwest Michigan’s [...]
Bissell came to us with a concept for a pet bathing attachment. Ideally, they wanted an attractive solution that worked with existing portable deep cleaners and fit within the current visual brand language.
For the last three years, Tekna has participated in University of Cincinnati’s Co-Op program, hiring ID interns to work with us for a semester.
Back in January 2008, I was fortunate enough to contribute to the original HopCat opening in Grand Rapids, working alongside founder Mark Sellers, Garry Boyd, Chris Freeman, and others to flip the location at 25 Ionia in an aggressive 60 days.
Matt Czach and I were fortunate enough to take another trip to Asia this past June! As we entered the commercialization phase for a product in development, our client scheduled a meeting with their international supplier to fine-tune project [...]
Reflecting on our cannon vacuum experiment, I’m amazed at how unique and fun the experience has been—where else but Tekna would I be able to build cannons for lunch entertainment? Ultimately, aside from the good times, I also gained some very [...]
Tekna’s product development “from innovation to realization” model plays out in every aspect of our business. We encourage our people to continually learn new skills, expanding the boundaries of their functional roles. We also believe in helping [...]
We were invited to join Kevin Laroc of Kevlar BBQ for our second Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned event. Dan and Eric spent the weekend at the Blues, Brews & Barbecue competition observing and assisting with food prep and cooking.
Nӓra is, quite literally, our baby. We designed the Nӓra bassinet from the ground up, to bring mothers closer to newborns while providing hospital staff with an enhanced care solution. And today, we are extremely proud to announce our first [...]
At Tekna, idea sharing and role versatility is at the core of our business. We believe our unique ability to research, design, build, and bring a concept through to market is what sets us apart. When we began evaluating our branding and how it [...]