Austin Industrial Design Guild
MAKO Design strongly believes that in order to achieve higher expectations and performance standards from the product development industry, it is necessary to develop a space where community leaders can learn, collaborate, and unite for a common cause. After meeting and working with so many positive and revolutionizing design leaders in our industry in Austin, we knew it was the perfect time to collaboratively build an organization that brings our industry together. We are thrilled to introduce the Austin Industrial Design Guild; a local non-profit association dedicated to establishing a path of mastery for Austin physical product development professionals.
We had a very successful first I.D. Guild social event last Friday where 25 industry professionals from companies such as Dell, National Instruments, AMD, Core77, AutoDesk, and Cisco, along with a number of Austin Industrial Design Firms, got together for a fun and engaging game of Texas Stars hockey at Cedar Park Center. In the days following, we received tremendous encouragement, advice, and even a couple sponsorship offers! We were pleased to see that there are so many people who are just as passionate as we are to form a positive group for Austin’s physical product design community.
The three main pillars of the I.D. Guild are:
- To provide advanced education – Mastering the science and art of physical product design.
- To meet and collaborate – Awesome social events so that we can meet those that can help us solve complex and revolutionary design challenges together.
- To be a unified voice – Promoting the Austin physical product development community nationally in order to boost Austin further as a major global Industrial Design hub.
The I.D. Guild and its events are completely free, thanks to sponsorship. We maintain a high degree of quality and integrity by growing the membership through referrals/invite only. It is designed (no pun intended!) for independent design and engineering professionals, design firms, patent agents, hardware firms, and manufacturers in the Austin area.
The I.D. Guild is planning a full calendar of diverse events! As a teaser of things to come:
- Our first Industrial Design workshop
- A Circuit of the Americas afternoon
- Exposure at SXSW
- A Pitch night
- A Polo match
We look forward to seeing you at future events!
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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