When you see something in the store, what does it take for it to get there? What are the technical challenges? I’ve been really lucky in my career, because one of the first major projects I worked on, the Qualcomm QCP 2035, actually went to market. Working on it showed me that what I really like about engineering is the collaboration.
When I graduated from college in 1998 I was lucky enough to get a job at Qualcomm in San Diego. The company was trying to introduce a new technical standard for mobile phones, so they built a division to make handsets using that standard.
Intel has been a major driver of new wearable technology development by partnering with major brands like Oakley, Fossil, New Balance and others. It is great that these sophisticated integrated design developments are getting the resources and time that large organizations like Intel can offer. The Mixer team knows from deep weable technology experience that this type of product development is much more than a concept rendering and a press release. It takes long hours and hard work to design and engineer sophisticated multi-shot moldings.
We are so proud to announce that Julie Heard, one of our founding partners, has become Mixer Design Group's first Fellow of the Industrial Designers Society of America! Julie was inducted along with two other distinguished members into the IDSA Academy of Fellows for earning the special respect and affection of the membership through distinguished service to the Society and the profession. Julie's nearly 25 years of active involvement and leadership in the IDSA has enabled Mixer to keep abreast of the latests professional standards and educational trends of our profession.
Mixer Design group just celebrated our 13th birthday! Even though we are a youthful and spirited teen we are still humbled and proud to have the confidence of some of the world’s most sophisticated international brands including; HP, Intel, Chrysler, Oakley, Fiat, AMD, Polycom, 3M and many more. We are so grateful to everyone on our incredibly talented and creative team who year in and year out deliver the kind of work that makes clients smile and continually come back for more.
Since ‘wearable tech’ is such a new and open-ended field, it’s easy to get caught in a ‘Never Land’ of product pitches, filled with blue-sky ideas that seem relevant and ground-breaking at first glance, but don’t always have the technical solutions to match the buildup. To be frank, reality bites, and in the post-dream-world, let down is hard. So it’s especially exciting to hear about ideas that are not just innovative, but socially relevant and technically sound as well.