Get Inspired at These Industrial Design Events
Inspiration can come from anywhere, at any time, but sometimes the most effective way to get your brainstorming is to actively seek inspiration out. For industrial design and the designers that make it happen or newly minted inventors, it could be as simple as studying products currently in market and analyzing what makes them tick.
Oftentimes, however, it can be a refreshing experience to surround yourself with other like-minded industrial design professionals, to get to know what their processes are like, how they keep their projects on track, or where they like to get their ideas from. The best places to do this? Industrial design events! Or design-focused events in general. Here are a few to consider:
SXSW (South By Southwest) in Austin, Texas
SXSW Interactive has a full schedule of keynotes, networking evenings and exhibitions in a range of categories from straight-up design to “intelligent future”. It is on the expensive side, but if your flash of inspiration catches you mid-festival, you can always stop by MAKO Austin post-SXSW to get your idea rolling.
World Design Summit in Montreal, Quebec
While the actual international summit meeting is invite-only, the World Design Summit does have an extensive expo that’s open to both professionals and the public. With over 500 companies and 4500 trade professionals showcasing their latest innovations across design categories, you’re certain to see some fascinating feats of intelligent, forward-thinking industrial design, urban planning, graphic design and more..
Creative Mornings in Your City
Creative Mornings is a free-to-attend morning meetup that happens once a month in cities all over the world. It’s not specific to any industry, which makes it an interesting place to encounter other creative minds from various fields. Every month, the organizers in each city invite special guest speakers to talk on a global theme. The talks last about an hour and is followed by the opportunity to mingle and share ideas and thoughts with your local creative community.
Let us know where you get your creative inspiration from in the comments below!
Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent
MAKO Design + Invent is a full-service consumer product development firm servicing both high-growth corporate manufacturers and invention startups. With a 25-person team across 3 offices (Austin, England, Toronto), MAKO has complete in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering design and prototyping services. To assist our start-up inventor clients, we also have a subsidiary branch called Mako Invent that, in addition to above, helps start-ups with patenting, strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. For our corporate clients, MAKO Design develops world-class consumer electronics designs through our industrial, mechanical, and electrical design teams.
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