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Category: Innovation and Design

Trends of NeoCon 2019: Things we FELT you should know

We scoured the 8 floors of NeoCon Showrooms at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, IL in less than 8 hours. If you don’t know much about the Mart (as it’s called by the pros), it opened in 1930 and was once the largest building in the world. 4 million square feet of floor space. You read that right.... Read More

3 Ways to Innovate Smarter and Faster

The pace of innovation can make your head spin. Just a little over a decade ago no one owned a smart phone. Only forty years ago—no one owned a computer. Today, over 60% of Americans are glued to some type of screen. Even colleges struggle to put together curriculums for careers that are coming. It’s hard to keep... Read More

4 Trends in Commercial Design from NeoCon 2018

NeoCon is the battle-royale of commercial furniture design. It is the only opportunity for a comprehensive look ahead— all of the big-name brands, all under the same tent (or one very large building) for one short week. It’s the epicenter for showcasing design creativity and idea-making for the commercial furniture market. Several folks from DISHER explored NeoCon 2018... Read More

Research Can Redefine Innovation

How do organizations effectively innovate to stay ahead of the competition? One significant way is through research, yet surprisingly companies often run ahead and skip this foundational step. Research has the ability to confidently move companies forward into new inventions, industries, and initiatives by translating raw data into strategic decisions. As a researcher at DISHER, I have seen... Read More

Discovering Your Design Community

  “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” - John Donne Imagine you are a designer who was marooned on a desert island for the last ten years. You are finally rescued this year and brought back to society. Because of the decade-long disconnect, you return to the mainland and are completely surprised... Read More