I’ve been doing some research on Chicago area design places. I think I’ve uncovered the majority of firms and consultancies but I’m having trouble finding any information about design departments within larger companies. Do you know of any? What are some good places to work for in terms of design, the company, the people, the theory, etc.
Large Corporate entities in Chicago…
Off the top of my head I can think of Motorola, Sanford (Chicago-ish), Acco…
SRAM Corp. They make shifting systems for bikes…used to be downtown Chicago. Not sure if they’re still there, but I know they used to have a design dept.
SRAM bought RockShox a coupla years ago - they do great design, innovative products. The Shox kind of suck but that’s not their fault.
Sram Industrial designers use both Pro/E and Alias Studio. Located in a trendy downtown office with a bike track inside. It is harder to get cooler than that. They employ a bunch of ID’ers and the office is basicly run by Industrial Designers. We do a training class there each year.
Design Engine Education
are there any houseware or home goods corporatons/ companies? or toys?
Is Copco around here, thought I heard that somewhere? There’s also a big kitchen utensil place, Celphalon or something like that I think.
Acco < Pro/E and Alias
Motorola < Pro/E and recently Rhino
SkilBosch Powertools < Pro/E
Beyond Design < Pro/E Solidworks and Rhino
HLB < Pro/E Rhino
Software skills are offshorable. As has been proven so well by the demise of the IT industry.
Since when did design = Pro/E ?
that’s no different from saying design= pencil…
Software skills allow you the chance to also be inventive and imaginative. It’s a type of skill that is learned and acquired. It’s a different tool, instrument, or utensil to express and translate your design ideas. Just as long as you don’t get lost in your own translation.
“…the beat of the drum is the fear of the Dark…” -TFF
Can we offshore design sensibility or research or observational research? China is in fact looking more and more attractive.
China design sensibility does have many weaknesses and may take another 10 or more years to mature.
You cannot offshore social and cultural sensitivity, nor closeness to your market. Even if you’re manufacturing for another locale, you’ll have to go there to observe them.
But you can offshore Pro/E etc
Why is china looking more and more attractive?
Read your two sentences…you’re contradicting yourself and there isn’t really a point there. What are you smoking, dude?
not sure if the poster checked out the recent forum “Best Industrial Design Firms-Chicago” but there’s a good list of corporations listed there starting on page 3…
[quote=“deeplabs”]Sram Industrial designers use both Pro/E and Alias Studio. Located in a trendy downtown office with a bike track inside. It is harder to get cooler than that. They employ a bunch of ID’ers and the office is basicly run by Industrial Designers. We do a training class there each year.
Bart, you are smoking the wacky weed again…yes they do have a bunch ID’ers, but they also have a bunch of engineers, testing people, quality, etc too…