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Stay up to date with the OPDD newsletter. Find out what our OPDD students are designing and producing. Explore what program developments, student successes and projects are happening here at USU OPDD. The newsletter is distributed through email every three months. Be a part of OPDD.  Subscribe now. 

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Swimwear Designed Locally

Swimwear Designed Locally

01/16/2019

Nani Swimwear, a locally owned swimwear company, designs innovative product from Cache Valley. Nani proves that students, no matter where they live, if they have the right skills, can design products that matter.

Developing Empathy, Embracing Ambiguity, and Conquering Failure

Developing Empathy, Embracing Ambiguity, and Conquering Failure

01/16/2019

A truly unique component of the Outdoor Product Design & Development program is its strong connection to industry. Routinely, industry guests can be found speaking in a dedicated Industry Seminar class. Dave Gibson, a local industrial designer, spoke to O...

Japanese Apparel Brand Nanga Speaks to OPDD

Japanese Apparel Brand Nanga Speaks to OPDD

12/17/2018

Nanga is a 70 year old apparel brand that's starting to make waves in the US. They came to campus to share insights on design, product, and opportunities for students in the industry.

OPDD Faculty Speaks on Sustainable Design at Outdoor Retailer

OPDD Faculty Speaks on Sustainable Design at Outdoor Retailer

12/03/2018

Dr. Andrew Deceuster gave a presentation titled: New Tools in the Fight for Sustainability at Outdoor Retailer. Deceuster shared with the audience, the immense opportunity that product designers have to adopt tools and technology that not only facilitate ...

OPDD Faculty and Student Participate as Innovation Award Judges

OPDD Faculty and Student Participate as Innovation Award Judges

11/26/2018

Outdoor Retailer is an incredible venue for brands to come together to show off their latest products and cutting edge innovations. Outdoor Retailer emphasized that point by hosting the first ever outdoor industry Innovation Awards in November of 2018.

Vibram Gets USU on its Feet

Vibram Gets USU on its Feet

11/12/2018

For 2 days, near the Taggart Student Center on USU’s Logan Campus, representatives from the 80-year-old sole company, Vibram, resoled Vans, Chacos, Nikes and even cowboy boots, for free. It was all part of Vibram’s Sole Factor Tour where some of Vibram’s ...

USU Workforce Development Panel

USU Workforce Development Panel

10/22/2018

At least once a year, the Utah outdoor industry comes together to meet and collaborate, discuss issues important to the industry, and celebrate successes from the past year. This year, in Heber, Outdoor Product Design and Development faculty, a student,

Oboz Footwear Guest Lecture

Oboz Footwear Guest Lecture

10/18/2018

Dave Dolph, a footwear developer with Oboz Footwear, drove from Oboz HQ in Bozeman to speak to OPDD students about the company history as well as footwear design.

Intern Spotlight - Veronica Villhard

Intern Spotlight - Veronica Villhard

10/08/2018

Veronica Villhard spent the summer of 2018 working as a Technical Product Design Intern at Patagonia’s home base in Ventura, California. While there she got the chance to work on a wide variety of projects, including kids, climbing, and mountain biking eq...

Faculty Give Crash Course in Product Design at Outdoor Retailer

Faculty Give Crash Course in Product Design at Outdoor Retailer

09/24/2018

OPDD faculty and industry partners had the chance to share their insights and give a workshop on product design at the Summer Outdoor Retailer Convention.

Intern Spotlight - Doug Hintze

Intern Spotlight - Doug Hintze

09/17/2018

Firsthand experience is invaluable to the students of OPDD. It allows students to observe the current goings on and inner trends in the industry, while also helping them develop expectations for their own futures. Doug’s own goals to innovate and push bou...

Intern Spotlight - Makell Garrett & Shelby Mccashland

Intern Spotlight - Makell Garrett & Shelby Mccashland

07/18/2018

ICON Health & Fitness has a long history of creating great product. Shelby Mccashland and Makell Garrett have had the opportunity to continue that legacy through their internships.

Intern Spotlight - River McKay

Intern Spotlight - River McKay

06/15/2018

Incoming Junior, River McKay took donated fabric from KLIM and designed a pair of pants that led to a summer internship where's she's proving herself and designing for an industry leader.

Intern Spotlight - Jordan Jensen

Intern Spotlight - Jordan Jensen

06/04/2018

Jordan Jensen, an incoming senior, completed an internship this summer to get a taste of what the industry is like and understand the value he can add to a design team. Jensen was fortunate enough to work with the California-based, high-end outerwear bran...

Innovative product ideas win local outdoor pitch

Innovative product ideas win local outdoor pitch

05/02/2018

Teams with innovative product ideas competed in a local outdoor product pitch competition to see which was the most innovative and viable as a business idea. Three winners walked away with the top prizes.

Students Finish in Top 10 | OPDD

Students Finish in Top 10

04/10/2018

Two teams of students in the Outdoor Product Design & Development program recently competed in the Outdoor Weber product pitch competition against 83 total submissions from across the U.S. and Canada and finished in the top 10.

Outdoor Product Design Education at Outdoor Retailer | OPDD

Outdoor Product Design Education at Outdoor Retailer

Outdoor Retailer attendees learned about the role of higher education in preparing the next generation of outdoor product designers for the industry.

L.L. Bean Bootmobile Visits | OPPD

L.L. Bean Bootmobile Visits

The L.L. Bean Bootmobile team stopped in Logan to promote their products and give a seminar for Outdoor Product Design & Development students.

Goal Zero Founder Speaks to Outdoor Product Design Students | OPDD

Goal Zero Founder Speaks to Outdoor Product Design Students

Students learned about leadership, design, and building businesses that do good from founder, Robert Workman.