We know there are opportunities to develop high-value consumer goods made locally through the power of design. Consider how OXO transformed a 99¢ potato peeler into a $9 item through better ergonomics. DesignHouse can help grow San Francisco’s economy and skill base through increased exposure to design thinking around manufacturing processes. In part, this will come about through making designers more aware of local production capabilities. This is especially important as the maker movement and design entrepreneurship continue to be fueled by crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and lower-cost digital manufacturing capabilities such as 3D printing.
San Francisco and the Bay Area
Our SF Chapter kicked off in April of 2016 with a collaborative Jam between DesignHouse and SFMade.