Exposed to design at an early age, Joey Ruiter is an independent industrial designer whose clients include Nucraft Furniture Company and izzy+. Ruiter cut his teeth working on engines in his garage before attending Ferris State’s Kendall College of Art and Design, where he discovered industrial design and product development. Ruiter’s designs have won awards at trade shows such as NeoCon and have been featured in the New York Times.
When Mark Tanis founded Holland-based The Image Group in 1985, he intended it to be a sole-proprietorship, but as the years went by, the company expanded to serve large clients such as Western Michigan University and Metro Health. Now, The Image Group has more than 10 employees and has strong ties to Holland’s freelance talent pool.
A professor at Ferris State’s Kendall College of Art and Design, Dow specializes in teaching graphic design in advertising. During her tenure at KCAD, Dow helped develop the annual New York seminar for graphic design students as well as the college’s new digital media program.
Hernandez first stumbled across industrial design when a friend mentioned that he was looking into the industrial design program at Western Michigan University. Now, Hernandez runs Tiger Studio, a product design firm based in Holland.
After completing an assignment in sixth grade that had him rifling through the help wanted ads in the local newspaper to find the job of his dreams, Pete Brand knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur.
Join MiBiz and other West Michigan employers on Oct. 31 for a free healthy breakfast event spotlighting the region's best practices in workplace wellness.
The notion sounds fairly simple: The more you pay attention to innovation, the more you innovate and grow your business.
As a father of five, Charlie Lott has a lot going on. Still, on top of his commitments to his family, Lott continues to give his time and professional skills to D.A. Blodgett — St. John’s.
As health care shifts from treatment of diseases to prevention, physicians will need more tools to determine patients’ predispositions toward diseases.
When Lori Slager saw a need in the community for a creative literacy program, she took action.
A new state program wants to make it easier for businesses to tap into the brainpower and resources at the state’s research universities.
John Wheeler has roots firmly planted in the Grand Rapids community.
Although the iLabs Innovation Index from the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research rose by over 5 points in the first quarter of 2012, the post-recession recovery has been volatile at best.