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The design process doesn’t have to be inclusive solely to designers. That’s the philosophy of Liz Sanders, a professor of design research at Ohio State University and founder of Make Tools. Sanders, who originally studied anthropology and who holds an advanced degree in experimental psychology, has spent her career encouraging designers to collaborate with end users and other disciplines to produce better products. Prior to her talk April 10 during the West Michigan Design Week, she spoke with MiBiz about her design philosophy, its impact on businesses and society and how design will be shaped in the future.

Published in Education

Tucker Viemeister was born of industrial design. His father, industrial designer Read Viemeister, named his son after the vehicle he was designing, the 1948 Tucker Sedan. Since growing up in the industry, Viemeister went on to found national design firms including Smart Design, frogdesign NY and others. He was also responsible for designing the OXO Good Grips line of kitchenware. Viemeister will be speaking on April 7 during West Michigan Design Week. Prior to the talk, Viemeister spoke with MiBiz about the future of the industrial design field and his career.

Published in Manufacturing

Heading into its second year, West Michigan Design Week hopes to build on the success the program had in its inaugural year. Architect Greg Metz, a principal at Lott3Metz Architecture and a co-founder of West Michigan Design Week, spoke with MiBiz about what design culture means to the region and how architecture has an impact.

Published in Design Build

Conceived two years ago as a car full of designers traveled back to West Michigan from a trade show, West Michigan Design Week is back for its second iteration. The weeklong series of events, which runs from Monday, April 6 through Saturday, April 11, features a variety of talks, exhibits and networking events.

Published in In the News

A group of local design industry professionals are collaborating to assemble a series of events for the first-ever West Michigan Design Week. Given the depth of design talent throughout the region, local organizers aim to showcase the various disciplines of design work from both firms and individuals. 

Published in Design Build

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