Design Jam 001 took place on June 26 and was held at TEAMS Design, an industrial design firm located in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor. Our kickoff event drew a talented bunch of about 40 participants from across Chicagoland. After dinner and a bit of socializing, we gathered to learn about SKOL Manufacturing, a metal fabricator and job shop located in the Ravenswood corridor with capabilities ranging from bending & brake pressing to cutting, welding, and stamping. Then we broke into ideation groups centered on three areas: lighting concepts, outdoor gardens or Chicago-themed. Over ninety different sketches emerged within an hour and a half. We had an opportunity to come back together at the end of the night and share back what was imagined and get each other’s take on what resonated most.
A few of the most promising and doable concepts have now been mocked up and will be shared back with SKOL in the coming weeks. We’ll learn what the manufacturing considerations are with each design and decide how to best move forward with one or more products.
The inaugural design jam received press coverage from the Chicago Tribune and has also been featured on the TEAMS Design blog. We are grateful to all our participants, whose names are listed below. It’s exciting to be at the start of this journey together.
Design Jam 001 Participants
Rich Beien Ricky Biddle Joe Born Maria Boustead Ross Brinkman Julia Burke Kyle Buzzard Mike Buzzard Jason Carley John Carpenter Kiley Coombe Pam Daniels Katie DeLaurentis Ray Doeksen Mike Dreeben Bill Fienup Sue Fitzpatrick Jason George Brad Gill Paul Hatch Liam HawreyMike Herbert Zach Kaplan Amanda Kay Sam Kim Trevis Kurz Luc LamBlake Lewis Jim Morrow Brittany Murphy Eva Niewiadomski Collin Ostergaard Katie Ozamiz Susan Page Estes Nicholas Paredes David Pozgay Mike Slezak Andres Sulleiro Brian Urbanik Brandon WilliamsMoto Yono Pete Zerillo