Michigan SmartCoast: Story of Invention

How do you go from an idea to a design solution? Join the Michigan SmartCoast engineers for a fun, interactive engineering event on Tuesday, September 29 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. See first-hand how the innovation process works at Charter House Innovations, a design, engineering and manufacturing company that has mastered the art of going from an idea to a… Read More

Hand-Moldable Plastic

Hand-Moldable Plastic

What is it? Hand-moldable plastic allows a designer to create real plastic objects with bare hands.  Simply heat up the plastic with hot air or water, allow it to cool slightly to the touch, and mold away!  Think of it as play-doh for big kids.  After setting, the materials can be machined with conventional machining methods. What can it be… Read More

The Value of Your Problem Statement

Author: Brian Lauer

  Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a project status review with your management, and your heart sinks when you realize there was a misinterpretation of the original core issue?  How about the frustration of your project getting pushed out only for other less beneficial projects to get the resources? Recall any similar wasteful issues while you… Read More

Finding your balance: Thoughts on being a working mom

Author: Kristin Zietlow

My work backpack has a mix of 3D printed parts, baby toys, post-it notes and sketches. It does a good job of summing up my life, which is a gratifying mix of engineering and motherhood. Since becoming a mom, I’ve been faced with a mountain of decisions, all centered on keeping life balanced. My dad was a surfer. When I… Read More

Disher Brings Work to Life

Over the last two years author Tracy Brower – of Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work –  has been doing research about healthy work cultures that bring work to life by bringing life to work. She recently heard that Disher has been doing that for the past 15 years.  She was excited to be able to highlight… Read More

The Tough Road to Innovation Success

Author: Jeff Disher

As the owner of our product development firm, I often get calls that go something like this, “I’m calling from Company XYZ and we have this idea for a new product and we’re not sure how to get it developed. Can you help me?”  As the conversation goes on, I sense that this company thinks their idea is a big winner… Read More

White Board Wednesday® Marathon

  Disher recently facilitated four free innovation sessions for four different start-up companies in the Ann Arbor area. These sessions  – called White Board Wednesdays® – are part of a proven Disher process which generates a high quantity of quality ideas around a given problem statement. A year and a half ago, Disher established an office presence in Ann Arbor and started… Read More

What is ‘Stewardship’ all about?

Author: Chuck Beasley

Disher’s Definition of Stewardship: Stewardship – being responsible with all the resources we have been given . . . for us and for the world around us. Stewardship comes in many forms and meanings for every individual that participates.  Here at Disher, in just the last 12 calendar months, our team has contributed more than 1,912 hours making a positive… Read More

Lifelong Learning

Author: Ryan Noble

Starting College

I didn’t always enjoy formal learning. Growing up, school was this involuntary experience that was happening to me. I wasn’t overly engaged, rarely doing homework at home and almost never studying. I absorbed enough in high school to graduate with a respectable GPA and acceptance letters to Kettering University and Purdue. Starting at Kettering in the fall of 2000, I… Read More

Trusting Relationships

Consumer Insight

June Culture Characteristic: Trusting Relationships   Trust is a foundational characteristic that Disher Design and Development strives to build its relationships on. Trusting relationships in the workplace and with our customers are the building blocks of an effective partnership and Disher’s ability to make a positive difference in the lives of those we come in contact with. These relationships are based… Read More