Questacon 2015 Invention Convention
We had an awesome time teaching design thinking and SWOT analysis to the clever kids at the Hobart Invention Convention with Questacon. We believe that design thinking and STEM education go hand in hand and it was great to see the positive reactions from our young audience. See you next time!
TasICT Jobs Forum
Andrew Dickinson spoke as part of the expert panel at the TasICT Jobs Forum held recently in Hobart. Andrew spoke about the importance of the Creative Industries and the need to for Tasmania to create IP as part of its new digital economy.
The forum was adjudicated by Andrew Holman from The Mercury Newspaper. Other panel members were Darren Alexander – Autech Software, John Groom – CEO Acrodata, Ros Harvey – Director Sense T and Jared Hill -MD Insight 4.
Andrew Dickinson’s Soapbox article as featured in the Sunday Mercury, August 04 2013.
Andrew wrote about the value of the Creative Industries, and its importance to the Tasmanian economy. Pdf Download here.
Here is a short clip of the glass elevator project we worked on – we did the concept and detailed design documentation
The smart guys at Henty Designs commissioned us to refine their Wingman suit bag product. The Wingman bag is designed to carry a suit and other business items – however, we recently used the bag to carry a week’s worth of luggage. The result was so good that we now use a Wingman for all our business travel. Here’s a list of what we got into one bag:
1 full business suit
3 business shirts
1 pair of business shoes
7 days worth of underwear – socks and jocks
1 pair of jeans
1 set of long fleecy pyjamas (yes it’s winter)
1 electric shaver and all toiletries.
2 coat hangers
1 writing pad with stationary (we elected to carry a laptop in a separate bag, but the wingman will take a tablet PC if you don’t wrap it too tight.)
1 gift – 120cm dia glass bowl! (carefully packed into the gym bag)
Total weight – 7.5kg – and it’s small enough for cabin luggage.
The guys at Henty Designs have now gone into full production and the product is selling like the proverbial hot cake. Look out for more from this growing brand.
Design Jamming and Design Thinking
What is Jamming?
Jamming is a term often used in the music industry when musicians get together to collaborate and freely express new musical ideas. Many of the greatest songs of all time were created this way. The creative equivalent of this is commonly know as Brain Storming, but now a new trend known as Design Jamming is using Design Thinking, i.e powers of creativity, lateral thought and collaboration to create solutions to all sorts of problems outside of what you may normally consider Design.
For instance, many Governments and Advanced Corporations are now using Design Thinking techniques and “Service Jams” to provide more efficient service delivery and improved efficiency. Service Jams are being held internationally to provide collaborative problem solving platforms for all manner of issues. This is happening because new technologies are changing forever the way we communicate and do business. Check this out http://innovation.govspace.gov.au/
Rather than just brain storm, organise a Jam Session with guests from outside your industry – keep your mind open and think freely and quickly. Andrew Dickinson has implemented Design Thinking techniques in Major Corporations and Govt Departments in Australia and the UK. What could Design Thinking do for your organisation?
Questacon Invention Convention
We recently presented at the Questacon Invention Conventions both in Hobart and Launceston. These conventions taught a selection of young students about innovative thinking, product development, engineering and industrial design. It was such a great event that Innovatas would like to see something similar for adults in our region. Should there be more encouragement and guidance for inventors and product developers in Tasmania? Let us know what you think.
Folded Metal Housing
We designed and manufactured this 19″ rack mounted enclosure on behalf of our client. Just one prototype was made before going into production of 50 units. All the technical updates and client requests were performed during the CAD stage, allowing for substantial R&D cost savings. The prototype fitted the printed circuit board ( PCB ) without any major modifications. We also designed screen print graphics and packaging for this product.
Andrew Dickinson designing arcade games!
Talk about a dream come true. This photo was taken in about 1996 – designing arcade game machines for LAI. I ran the R&D pre-production department for 3 years after working my way up. This factory was in Perth WA, but we built many products under license from Japanese game makers like Sega, Namco, Capcom etc. San Fransico Rush, (pictured here) is a game by Midway, but we designed and built the driving simulators for Australasian distribution.
Hobart Industrial Design
No need to go interstate or overseas to get industrial design services in Tasmania. Innovatas are your local Tasmanian Industrial Design experts. Contact us now to discuss your requirements.