2016 Summer Intern at Design Interface

playhaus furniture

Furniture photos by Joe Kastelic, Dark Portrait by the James Douglas Studio.

Hi, my name is Joe Kastelic and I am interning at Design Interface this summer.  I will be returning to the Cleveland Institute of Art in the fall as a Junior majoring in Industrial Design.  I also graduated from the University of Akron in 2006 with a B.S. in Marketing Management.

When I am not at school or Design Interface, I am working full-time at my custom furniture business (Play-Haus Design).  I have been building custom industrial furniture in Ohio City for the last 5 years.  Most of the material I use is reclaimed or salvaged wood.  I’ve made furniture for both residential and commercial clients.  I’ve built benches, dining tables, bars, coffee tables, shelving, beds, desks and more. You can check out some of my work at Play-Haus.com.  Thanks!

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Congratulations to the Cleveland Institute of Art 2016 Industrial Design Graduates

Fourteen Industrial Design BFA candidates received their degrees at the 2016 commencement held at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

This is always a special day for Design Interface Inc. Principals, Adrian Slattery and Carla Blackman, who are Adjunct Professors at CIA.

Adrian teaches Materials and Manufacturing Processes; and Business and Professional Practices; and Carla teaches Ergonomics + Design and Marketing + Design.

Helping these students develop their design skills is a very rewarding experience, witnessing their hard work and creative endeavors is exciting and life reaffirming. Design Interface Inc. offers its best wishes to all these students as they embark on their careers. ~Adrian

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Converting Sign Language to Speech

Congratulations to students Thomas Pryor and Navid Azodi, for creating gloves which convert sign language to speech.

Congratulations to students Thomas Pryor and Navid Azodi, for creating gloves which convert sign language to speech. They are a great example which illustrates the synergy when engineering and business students combine to solve problems. You will understand their design within a few seconds of watching this http://www.businessinsider.com/signaloud-gloves-translate-sign-language-2016-4. For more information check this http://lemelson.mit.edu/winners/thomas-pryor-and-navid-azodi

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E-skin Wearable Display

E-skin demonstration

Electronic skin demonstration. Courtesy of csmonitor.com and Someya Laboratory.

With the trend in high tech electronics to be as thin as possible, researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed an ultra-thin flexible LED display that has exciting possibilities. The display can show numbers or images and conforms directly to the body, making it ideal for health monitors. The e-skin might eventually replace handheld devices altogether as a new way to communicate our emotions or measure stress. ~Doug

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Cleveland Institute of Art 2016 Spring Shows


April 19 through April 22

Come celebrate as the CIA community unveils some of the best work created by students of all levels working in 15 majors. The Spring Show includes a Runway Show, Visual Arts Show, Craft & Design Show, Design Show, Biomedical Art Show, Photography & Video Show, Game Design Show and Animation & Illustration Show. For exhibition hours visit the CIA Spring Show website: http://www.cia.edu/events/2016/04/2016-spring-shows.

Plan your visit today!—Anita

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7 Takeaways from IDSA Central District Conference at Carnegie Museum of Art

Cleveland Institute of Art faculty & students at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Cleveland Institute of Art faculty & students at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Adrian Slattery and Carla Blackman, top left.

Designers came together last weekend in Pittsburgh to be inspired and learn from students and professionals. As the student advisor for IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America), I went along to support Austin Frank, Cleveland Institute of Art’s Student Merit Winner. Almost 20 students and faculty from Cleveland attended the event. Here are my top 7 takeaways…

1. ID students are awesome! Attendees were treated to the best student work from 8 colleges in the Central District. We were inspired by a plow for Zambians, an orb that connects people emotionally, a GPS drone and app that finds lost hikers and much, much more!

2. Sweeping Through the Year told how in the redesign of the Bissell deep-cleaners every part had to have a purpose. This was a cost cutting move and made a lean, mean deep cleaning machine.

3. Lorenz Hagenmayer from Bosch placed great emphasis on user-centered design. It was good to hear my mantra repeated…we must design for all users: the installer, the end-user, the seller and the servicer.

4. In Designing For Play – Michael Laris from Playworld encourages free play for a child’s best development. Their latest design will fit beautifully into any urban setting.

5. Buy and Sell Authentic Sneakers – Who knew that there was a stock market for buying and selling sports shoes called StockX. SAGA Marketing brought this story to light and showed the profits to be made on Nike, Reeboks and Adidas.

6. Peter Muller-Munk’s exhibit show-cased his beautiful silver pieces and great industrial design. To connect the exhibit to the event, Tucker Viemeister added his personal experiences which wrapped up the conference.

7. Disturbing to learn that Peter Muller-Munk took his own life in 1967, one month after his wife committed suicide. This scenario was repeated by Henry Dreyfuss, when he and his ailing wife were victims of the same fate in 1972. Scary stuff!

To learn more about the conference visit: http://www.idsa.org/events/district/2016-central-conference

To see Austin Frank’s presentation visit: https://www.facebook.com/caitlyn.moss.1/videos/1299761610039731/
~Carla

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Design on Reality TV

Photo of table designed by Vivan Beer.

This elegant table was design by season 2 winner, Vivian Beer.

I found an interesting show called Ellen’s Design Challenge, produced by Ellen DeGeneres for HGTV. It’s a reality competition series that follows a group of six furniture designers competing to sketch, design and ultimately build a new piece in 24 hours. Their work is presented to a panel of judges in the hopes of eventually winning $100,000 and having their furniture appear in HGTV Magazine. It’s fun to see the contestants solve the challenge and generate some very creative designs. ~Doug

 

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Pantone 2016 Color of the Year: A Softer Take on Color

 

It’s that time of year again—Pantone announced the 2016 color of the year. With all the stress that is experienced in the world today, it is only fitting that Pantone chose not one but two colors that reflect a sense of calm and tranquility. The colors for 2016 are Rose Quartz & Serenity, a balance between a warmer rose tone and a cooler tranquil blue, bringing us feelings of well being and balance. Find out how and why this unique combination was chosen by going to https://www.pantone.com/press-release-color-of-the-year-2016. —Anita

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Three Things That Make This Barbie Infographic

Here’s a great infographic I found in the February 8, 2016 issue of TIME magazine.* The things I like are the focused timeline, the clear design and interesting story.

1. Focused Timeline:
• Uses years in bold typeface
• Gives credible sources at bottom
• Round bubble with historical prices

2. Clear Design:
• Easy to follow layout in three rows
• Triangle pointers highlighting the years
• Drawings and photos create visual interest
• Combines the dolls with real people

3. Good Story
• Photo captions are highly readable
• Good mix of story and facts
• Graphics combined with text tell the story
• Facts that are worth sharing

Barbie’s were part of my toy box as a child. I applaud Mattel for making this bold move, it’s great to see Barbie as a positive role model. ~Carla

Watch: Barbie’s Designers Take Us Inside the Mattel Design Studio
http://time.com/4196179/barbies-new-body-meet-mattels-design-team/

*Reporting by Merrill Fabry; Illustrations by Heather Jones for TIME

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Graphic Design for New Products

graphic-design for new products graphic

Think about the other pieces of the branding and marketing puzzle.

Introducing a new product into the marketplace?
Think about the other pieces of the branding and marketing puzzle.

• Logo Design
• Product Graphics (text or icons)
• Retail Packaging
• Instruction manuals
• Advertisements
• Sell Sheets
• Marketing Brochures
• Promotional photography
• Point of Purchase Displays

Design Interface can create all of the above and show you what is possible. To see more visit www.designinterface.com or give us a call at 440-871-0600.

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