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Tekna Takes Part: Open Roads' Community Service Event is a Great Way to Give Back

Open Roads’ Community Service Event is a Great Way to Give Back By Don Herzog, Sr. UX Designer 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 the chance to pitch in. I had never heard of the non-profit Open Roads (a Kalamazoo
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“How Lucky I am to Have Something That Makes Saying Goodbye Hard” – Winnie the Pooh

“How Lucky I am to Have Something that Makes Saying Goodbye Hard” – Winnie the Pooh By Sophie Fain, Winter Design Intern When applying to be a winter design intern 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. In hope of rallying excitement and kicking off the merger on an upbeat note, the
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Tekna Takes Center Stage in 269 Magazine's Design Issue

Tekna Takes Center Stage in 269 Magazine’s Design Issue Don’t miss the recent 269 Magazine’s Design Issue 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. In the issue’s featured article, “Exploring the Evolution of the Creative Economy in Southwest Michigan,” both Mike and Emily Hoffmann talk about the area’s burgeoning creative community and
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Reflecting on IDSA Central District Conference 2017

Reflecting on IDSA Central District Conference 2017

Reflecting on IDSA Central District Conference 2017 By Matt Czach, Senior Lead Industrial Designer 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). The Over-the-Rhine setting was an ideal location to discuss innovation, Midwestern rejuvenation, and the link between community, creativity and economic growth. Traditionally a working-class neighborhood, Over-the-Rhine is one of the most
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Bark Bath: Taking the RUFF Out of Bathing Your Dog

Bissell Bark Bath: Taking the RUFF out of Bathing Your Dog By Joe Marietta, Sr. Lead Engineer Bissell came to us with a concept for a pet bathing attachment that would soon become the Bissell Bark Bath. Ideally, they wanted an attractive solution that worked with existing portable deep cleaners and fit within the current visual brand language. To deliver a prototype quickly, we used as many current parts as possible, opting to pair an
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Tekna Ingenuity on Full Display at CES Show

Tekna Ingenuity on Full Display at Consumer Electronic Show By Eric Heffernan, Senior Industrial Designer. Tight deadlines and expanding project scopes are par for the course at Tekna’s bustling Innovation studio. Our journey to January’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas was no exception. Initially contracted by CVR Global to design a cart to house their medical device that assesses carotid artery health, we eventually tackled the sensor array and the charging dock, readying
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Consumer Electronics Show

Cultivating Talent: Tekna Takes Part in University of Cincinnati’s E2C

Cultivating Talent: University of Cincinnati’s Engaging Emerging Creatives By Matt Czach, Senior Lead Industrial Designer 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. This year, the U of C DAAP School explored a new networking format, Engaging Emerging Creatives, where Ben Purrenhage and I talked with students, giving them a feel for who we are and the work we
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Bryce Porter Reviewing Design Concepts

From Designing Menus to Designing Product Experiences

From Designing Menus to Designing Product Experiences By Bryce Porter, Lead Industrial Designer 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. We completely gutted the facility, hired and trained staff, ordered equipment, and wrote menus—even installing a massive Chicago-built custom bar by
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Elasso

Elasso: Rolling Out a Breakthrough Brand

Elasso: Rolling Out a Breakthrough Brand We’re excited for our client’s official product launch – Elasso, the only ENT electrosurgical instrument that cuts, cauterizes, and collects in one time-saving step. The Elasso tool, born in Michigan, was on full display at the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in San Diego earlier this month. In a short six-week span prior to the event, we worked closely with Elasso’s leadership team to develop the right brand
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Mike Rozweicz Presenting at IDSA

Tekna at IDSA 2016

Tekna at IDSA International Conference 2016 The IDSA International Conference was in Detroit this year, which meant we were ready to make an impact! Sixteen of us across the organization participated in event sessions throughout the week. We explored the importance of taking risks, solving the right problems, and how to never lose sight of designing exceptional product experiences. The IDSA International Conference was in Detroit this year, which meant we were ready to make
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