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Ellie Ward Accepts Position at Nani Swimwear
Ellie Ward, an Outdoor Product Design & Development graduate, accepted a full-time position at Nani Swimwear as a Designer.
Josh Norgard Accepts Position at Outdoor Research
Josh Norgard, an Outdoor Product Design & Development graduate, accepted a full-time position at Outdoor Research as a Sustainability and Product Impact Coordinator.
Jaimus Tailor Talks Upcycling With Sustainability Students
Jaimus Tailor, Founder and Creative Director of Greater Goods talks to students about his pathway into the world of product design and the upside as well as limitations of upcycling.
Sawyer Hill Accepts Internship at Sego Ski Co
Sawyer Hill, an Outdoor Product Design & Development student, accepted an internship at Sego Ski Co as a Ski Production Intern.
History of Gear: Catherine Acosta / Vans Archivist
Catherine Acosta, Product Archivist and Brand Historian at Vans talks about material culture, the blending of consumer products and art, and the challenges and opportunities of building a corporate archive.
Hallie Kemp Accepts Internship at ULA Equipment
Hallie Kemp, an Outdoor Product Design & Development student, accepted an internship at ULA Equipment as a Marketing Intern.
Ethan MacKay Accepts Internship at Bass Pro Shops
Ethan MacKay, an Outdoor Product Design & Development student, accepted an internship at Bass Pro Shops as an Industrial Design Intern.
Audrey Nybo Accepts Internship at LL Bean
Audrey Nybo, an Outdoor Product Design & Development student, accepted an internship at LL Bean as an Apparel Design Intern.
Trent Saarelainen Accepts Role at Bushnell
Trent Saarelainen, a graduate of Outdoor Product Design & Development, accepted a role at Bushnell as an Assistant Product Manager.
Dr. Sahra Kaboli-Nejad
Dr. Sahra Kaboli-Nejad, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at On Running talks with students about their individual power and responsibility to create more inclusive products, experiences, and teams as future leaders in the outdoor industry.
Ben Sharp Accepts Role at Grand Trunk
Ben Sharp, a graduate of Outdoor Product Design & Development, accepted a role at Grand Trunk as the Head of Design.
History of Gear: Beirne Chisolm / The Band
Beirne Chisolm joins the History of Gear to talk about his company, The Band. He talks about how he and his brother Greg broke into the accessories business with their watchband, their merger with Chums, and the early outdoor industry in Utah.
Baylee Vogler Accepts Internship at Black Diamond
Baylee Vogler, a Junior in Outdoor Product Design & Development, accepted a role at Black Diamond as an Industrial Design Intern.
Ami Vo Peels Back the Curtain on Recruiting at Deckers Brands
Ami Vo, a Senior Recruiter at Deckers Brands, talks with students about the dos and don’ts of applying for positions in product creation and peels back the curtain on the hiring process.
Christian Berroteran Accepts Internship at Klymit
Christian Berroteran, a Freshman in Outdoor Product Design & Development, accepted a role at Klymit as a Product Line Management intern.
History of Gear: Allan Pietrasanta / Buttermilk Mountain Works
Allan Pietrasanta, owner and operator behind Buttermilk Mountain Works joins the History of Gear to talk about the shift from making outdoor gear to soft goods for the tech industry and other memories from the outdoor industry.
Doug Hintze Accepts Position at Black Diamond
Doug Hintze, a graduate of Outdoor Product Design & Development, accepted a role at Black Diamond as a Footwear Designer.
Julia Feldman Talks Sustainability in Product Design
Julia Feldman, Sustainability Leader and Product Coordinator for Teva, talks to OPDD students about the opportunity to integrate sustainability into the design process and how she stays motivated in the fight for sustainability.
Connor Young Accepts Position at Cotopaxi
Connor Young, a graduate of Outdoor Product Design & Development, accepted a role at Cotopaxi as a Color Designer for the Packs and Equipment team.
History of Gear: Jeff Knight / Granite Gear Co-Founder
Jeff Knight, joins the History of Gear to talk about the company he co-founded, Granite Gear, making a better portage pack, how the region influences the product, and the art of packmaking.
Taliesin Williford Accepts Internship at Kuhl
Taliesin Williford, a Junior in Outdoor Product Design & Development, accepted a role at Kuhl as an Apparel Design intern.
Students Participate in Nalgene Design Sprint
Representatives from Nalgene partnered with students from OPDD in a "Project Runway" style design challenge where students presented design concepts for real project briefs from the company.
Tim O'Brien Accepts Internship at Bass Pro Shops
Tim O'Brien, a Junior in Outdoor Product Design & Development, accepted a role at Bass Pro Shops as a Marketing intern.
Annie Agle Talks Sustainable Design & Operations at Cotopaxi
Annie Agle, Senior Director of Impact / Sustainability at Cotopaxi talks with about the challenges designers face when balancing performance and sustainability and the opportunities to build a more sustainable supply chain.
Benjamin Cummings Accepts Full-Time Role at ENVE
Benjamin Cummings, a Senior in Outdoor Product Design & Development, accepted a position at ENVE Composites as a CAD Specialist.
History of Gear: Clare Pavelka / Red Wing Shoe Co. & Vasque
Clare Pavelka, Corporate Archivist for Red Wing Shoe Co. / Vasque joins the History of Gear to talk about the origins of the archive, the intersection of brand and regional history, and her journey from stamp collector to brand archivist.
Garrett Davis Accepts Sustainability Role at ULA
Garrett Davis, a junior in Outdoor Product Design & Development, accepted a position at ULA as a Sustainability Production Coordinator.
Drew Eakins Shares Insights on the Role of a Marketing Manager
Drew Eakins, North American Marketing Manager for Hestra Gloves, talks about how students can break into the industry and his role and many hats as a marketing manager.
Jacob Johnson Accepts Position at Vooray
Jacob Johnson, a senior in Outdoor Product Design & Development, accepted a position at Vooray as a Product Designer.
Cory Griffey Accepts Full-Time Design Position at Under Armour
Cory Griffey, a senior in Outdoor Product Design & Development, accepted a position at Under Armour as an Associate Designer. Griffey previously interned with Under Armour.
Dawn Thao-Yang, Design Director at Carhartt Shares Insights with Students
Dawn Thao-Yang, Director of Global Product Design at Carhartt, spoke to first year students in OPDD about her journey from fast fashion to designing durable product for Carhartt.
Rhett Robinson Accepts Internship at Trek
Rhett Robinson, a senior in the Outdoor Product Design & Development program accepted an internship with Trek Bicycles as a CAD Engineer Intern.
Paige Koch Accepts Design Internship at Under Armour
Paige Koch, a senior in Outdoor Product Design & Development, accepted a position at Under Armour as a Creative / Design Intern.
USU Students and NASA Bring Space Tech to the Outdoors
Students in OPDD's Design Thinking course worked with NASA Commercialization to identify opportunities to use NASA technology and materials to solve problems in the outdoor industry.
Blending Natural and Synthetic, a Conversation with Leander Angerer
Leander Angerer, Creative and Founder behind Racing Atelier, talks about blending synthetic and natural materials to create beautiful and functional handmade packs in Bavaria.
Damon Morris on Product Management at The North Face
Damon Morris, formerly the Senior Development at Manager at The North Face spoke to OPDD students about the role of a product manager in bringing product to market and how instrumental design, development, and management are to making great apparel and ge...
Graduate Wins Polartec Apex Award for Design
Polartec recently recognized the Orvis Sun PRO Hoodie, designed by OPDD graduate, Natalie Cullum, for their innovative application of Polartec Power Grid fabric.
History of Gear: Todd Kohlman / Burton Archivist
Todd Kohlman, corporate archivist at Burton, shares his pathway into working in product archives, the origins of the collection, and how historic materials are used by the Burton team.
Repair and ReCommerce
Josie Kinney, Director of Business Development at Rugged Thread, talks about the future of repair, the financial and sustainability benefits to offering these services, as well as the growing recommerce market.
David Gibson Talks Product Management at New Balance
David Gibson, spoke to OPDD students about his experience as a product manager at New Balance as well as the distinct roles of a designer and developer and how all three work together to bring product to market.
MyMedic Design Sprint
MyMedic, a Utah-based medical company sponsored a Design Sprint with OPDD students to explore the future of first aid and recovery.
History of Gear: Holly Roberge / Stephanie Schaff - Senior Archivists at Reebok
Holly Roberge and Stephanie Schaff, Senior Archive Specialists at Reebok, join the History of Gear to talk about their entry into the world of archiving, their day to day roles, and the importance of archival work within Reebok.
Maddie Anzovino Talks Sustainability in Product Creation
Maddie Anzovino, Fabric & Product Development Manager at Backcountry, spoke to OPDD students about the importance of sustainability and her role creating more sustainable product.
Outdoor History Summit Roundup
The Outdoor History Summit was a first-of-its-kind gathering, bringing together outdoor researchers, corporate archivists, and designers to discuss the state of outdoor history, the importance of preservation, and the future of archival work.
History of Gear: Colin Berg, Brand Historian at Eddie Bauer
Colin Berg, Brand Historian for Eddie Bauer joins the History of Gear to talk about how the 100-year-old brand has led the way preserving it’s history and the power of archives to brand authenticity.
Evie Moe / Former VP Design at Cotopaxi
Evie Moe, formerly the VP of Design at Cotopaxi, spoke to OPDD students on Instagram Live in 2020. Moe is now the Senior Director of Apparel at Hoka.
History of Gear Series: Dana Gleason / Owner of Mystery Ranch
Dana Gleason, legendary pack designer and owner of Mystery Ranch, talks about why his career has focused on packs and the origins of companies like Mojo Systems, Kletterwerks, Dana Design and Mystery Ranch.
Heather Raney / Product Manager / Obermeyer
Heather Raney, a Product Manager at Obermeyer, talks about how working retail helped her as a designer and manager, the secrets to a good portfolio, and her journey into the industry.
History of Gear: Beaver Theodosakis / Founder of prAna
On this episode of the History of Gear, Beaver Theodosakis, founder of prAna, talks about how he and his wife Pam built the company from their garage to selling it to Columbia Sportswear Company.
Alicia Pinckney / Global Senior Apparel Designer / Timberland
Alicia Pinckney, formerly of Timberland where she worked as a Global Women’s Senior Apparel Designer, speaks to design students about her pathway into the industry and how to stand out as a designer.
History of Gear Series: Dave Moore, Heritage & Digital Asset Manager / Carhartt
Dave Moore, the Heritage and Digital Asset Manager for Carhartt talks about the ROI of historic preservation and his personal journey into working in corporate archives.
Mushroom Moment: Lisa Dougherty
Lisa Dougherty, Content Director at Range, joins the podcast to talk about the growing popularity of mushrooms and their opportunity to change the world in addition to the consumer products industry.
History of Gear Series: Sarah Pickman, PhD Candidate
Sarah Pickman, a Ph.D. candidate at Yale and author of “Dress, Image, and Cultural Encounter in the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration” talks about colonialism in the outdoors and the history of polar gear and apparel.
Kelli Williams on Careers in Product Development
Kelli Williams, a Technical Developer at The North Face, talks about her pathway to a career in product development and ways to stand out when trying to break into the industry.
History of Gear Series: Wilderness Experience
Greg and Jim Thomsen, founders of Wilderness Experience talk about their experience breaking into the industry, taking a company public and their time in senior leadership at companies like VF Corporation, Nike, and Adidas.
Carolyn Allen / Industrial Designer at Werx Design
Carolyn Allen, an industrial designer at Werx Design, shared insights into portfolio do's and don'ts with students in the OPDD program.
History of Gear Series: Outdoor Archives Discussion Hosted by Range
Outdoor agency, forecaster, and media publication, Range, hosted a conversation with archivists, researchers, and historians about the importance of gear history and preservation.
Abigail Stern on Baselayers and Performance Fashion
Abigail Stern, Owner and Designer at Matek talks about breaking into the skiwear industry, the outdoors and fashion, and her work reinventing base layers.
Doug Heinrich / VP Product Development at Kuhl
Doug Heinrich, VP Product at Kuhl, joins talks with students about the role of a designer in the industry, and his perspective on working for a privately held versus public outdoor company.
History of Gear Series: Marilyn Moss
Marilyn Moss, former CEO and President of Moss Tents discusses her role building a responsible, successful company and the influence of famed tent designer and fabric artist, Bill Moss.
The Power of Inclusive Design With Lauren Guthrie
Lauren Guthrie, VP of Global Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Action at VF Corporation, speaks about the importance of identifying personal values and the importance of inclusive design principles and practices.
Creating Mulit-Use Apparel With Sigrid Olsen
Sigrid Olsen, a technical designer, shares her experience as a sportswear designer and her capstone collection, Bike to Ski, a line of technical outerwear for cyclists and skiers.
Spencer Nugent on the Power of Visual Communication
Spencer Nugent, Industrial Designer, educator, creator, and mind behind Sketch-A-Day, spoke to the OPDD program about portfolio development and how to become a better visual communicator.
History of Gear Series: Sally McCoy
Sally McCoy, industry legend and former senior leader at companies like The North Face, Sierra Designs, and Camelbak, talks about her introduction to the outdoor industry, her non-profit work, and the evolution of the outdoor industry.
Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Bodily / Skullcandy
Rachel Bodily (Class of 2020) shares her experience as a recent graduate, finding a job during the pandemic, and her new role as a Color, Materials, and Finish Designer for Skullcandy.
Lauren Voigt Talks Backcountry Culture and Interview Tips
Lauren Voigt is a Talent Acquistion Partner at Backcountry.com Lauren Voigt, a Talent Acquisition Partner at Backcountry.com spoke to the OPDD Industry Seminar class about Backcountry, their growing owned brands team, and tips for nailing the interview.
History of Gear Series: Bruce Hamilton / Former President of The North Face
Bruce Hamilton, former President of The North Face, joins the History of Gear Series to discuss the evolution of the company under his leadership and the creation of the revolutionary Oval Intention tent.
OPDD Partners to Create Beaver Chocolate Bar
OPDD student Mckenzie Farley and faculty member Dr. Andrew Deceuster partnered with the Aggie Chocolate Factory and Beaver Mountain to create a custom chocolate bar for the ski resort.
History of Gear Series: Tracey Cottingham
Tracey Cottingham, a Clothing Architect, joins the History of Gear Series to talk about technical apparel design and construction, her time with Nike and Columbia, and the importance of preserving the history of gear and apparel.
History of Gear Series: The North Face Archives
In the latest History of Gear Series, David Whetstone and Michaela Hardy from The North Face give a glimpse into the company archives. They share the value of preserving product, the importance of company history and its impact on brand legacy.
Lisa Dougherty on Product in Virtual Spaces
Lisa Dougherty, Content Director at Range, shares her journey into the outdoor industry and her research into the growth of gaming and virtual spaces and what that means for the future of the sports and outdoor industries.
History of Gear Series: David Alcorn / The North Face Logo Designer
David Alcorn joins the History of Gear Series to talk about his introduction to design, the creation of The North Face logo, and the power of brand.
JJ Collier / From Athlete to Creative
JJ Collier, a professional snowboarder turned product designer, shares his journey into the outdoor industry and experience in design for brands like Salomon, Ralph Lauren, Spyder, VF Corporation, and his latest venture, Collier Brands.
History of Gear Series: Dr. Rachel Gross on the Legacy of Bob Gore
Dr. Rachel Gross joins the History of Gear Series to talk about the legacy of Bob Gore and the creation of Gore-Tex.
Outdoor Rec Archive Featured on the Outdoor Biz Podcast
Rick Saez interviews Chase Anderson, Program Coordinator for the Outdoor Product Design & Development program, about the Outdoor Recreation Archive on the Outdoor Biz Podcast.
The State of Outdoor Journalism with Amelia Arvesen
Amelia Arvesen shares her experience working in outdoor journalism, the joys and challenges of working freelance, and Honing Her Craft, where she tells the story of creative women.
Field Testing With Mountain Equipment Research Group
Chris El-Deiry, Owner of Mountain Equipment Research Group, shares his journey to a career in the outdoor industry and his venture providing field testing services for brands across the industry.
John Sears Talks Pack Design at Gregory
John Sears, VP at Gregory Mountain Products, joined the Intro to Product Creation class to talk about his pathway into the outdoor industry through industrial design as well as the challenges and opportunities designing softgoods and packs.
History of Gear Series: Mark Erickson / Jan Fletcher
Mark Erickson and Jan Fletcher share their experience as early employees of The North Face. Erickson and Fletcher talk about their contributions to major product innovations including the Oval Intention geodesic tent and life after The North Face.
The Day to Day of Technical Apparel Design
Jocelyn Rice, a Senior Apparel Designer, shares her day to day as a technical apparel designer, her work pushing for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the outdoors, and her pathway into the outdoor industry.
History of Gear Series: National Parks Maps Archive
Brian Kelley, a NYC-based photographer, talks about his efforts to archive and share National Parks Service pamphlets. We talk about the importance of archival efforts and how he inspired the Outdoor Recreation Archive at Utah State.
Logan Teen Turns Passion Into Sneaker Business
Karl Brown, a teenager from Logan, Utah, shares his experience turning his passion for sneakers into a customizing business.
History of Gear Series: Gore Archives
Kevin Brown, Heritage and Archives Manager from Gore, talks about the importance of corporate collections, the origins of the Gore archive, and how collections are used by various departments at the company.
History of Gear Series: Early Winters with Bruce Johnson
On the History of Gear Series, Bruce Johnson talks about the history of Early Winters. Johnson talks about the creation of the Omnipotent, the introduction of the first Gore-Tex parka, and their influence on the marketing of outdoor products.
How Teva Brings New Product to Market
The product development team from Teva visits the Outdoor Product Design & Development program at USU and talks about how they work together to bring new product to market.
History of Gear Series: SAND Pack Company
Chris Leiter joined the History of Gear Series to talk about SAND Pack Company, his creative endeavor to challenge what handmade product can be and help the history of gear live on through new product.
History of Gear Series: Dr. LaJean Lawson
Dr. LaJean Lawson, USU Alumni (Class of 1985) and sports bra innovator, shares her experience going to Utah State and her groundbreaking research on sports bras.
Scout Inspired Gear by Cantonment
Kyle Snarr, founder of Cantonment, shares his experience working for companies like Struck, Vox Media, Gear Patrol, and Wachonista where he learned to tell stories about product to now building his own brand.
The Future of Local Trails
Carly Lansche, Cache County's new Trails Planner, shares her experience stepping into the new role, the opportunities for trails growth in Cache Valley, and the importance of community, government, and public support for trails.
An Introduction to the Outdoor Industry
Kristen Freaney and Stewart Lewis visit the Outdoor Product Design & Development program and share their experience working for the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), the impacts and growth of the industry, and their roles with the organization.
Starting a Fashion Label in Utah With Okito Brand
Gaby Okito didn't let anything stand in his way of starting a fashion label while living in Logan, Utah. He shares his journey launching the company with the $75 he earned from selling his mom's handbag.
Alumni Spotlight: Nate Larsen / Dansons
Nate Larsen (Class of 2019) shares his experience as part of the first graduating class from OPDD, how it prepared him for a career in the outdoor industry, and what the transition has been like for him working as an Industrial Designer at Dansons.
Altra Director Speaks on Sustainable Future
John Wadley, Director of Special Projects at Altra Footwear (VF Corp) spoke to the Intro to Product Creation class to talk with new students about the importance of designing with sustainability at the forefront and product lifecycle management.
History of Gear Series: Alan Tabor / Co-Founder of Mountain Hardwear
Alan Tabor, co-founder of Mountain Hardwear shares his thoughts on the early days of the company, the history of gear in the Bay Area, and his place in helping create the Outdoor Recreation Archive at Utah State University.
Alumni Spotlight: Natalie Cullum / Orvis
Natalie Cullum, an OPDD alum and Product Design at Orvis shared her experience transitioning from college life to working in the industry, what her day to day looks like, and things she wished she would have known.
History of Gear Series: Dr. Rachel Gross on the Evolution of Outdoor Clothing
Dr. Rachel Gross shares her insights into the evolution of outdoor apparel and what clothing says about those who wear it. Dr. Gross argues that outdoor clothing, known for its performance, also represents values and communicates identity.
The State of Outdoor Ecommerce with Vista Outdoor
Craig McLaughlin, Director of eCommerce and Digital Marketing at Vista Outdoor shares his insights into the changing outdoor product landscape, the opportunities for direct to consumer brands, and the growth of the outdoor industry during COVID.
History of Gear Series: Rainy's Premium Flies
Rainy Riding learned how to fish when she was five years old from her grandfather. Eventually, she'd teach fly tying at USU and found the now 50-year-old business, Rainy's Premium Flies.
Greater Goods, Upcycled Product With a Purpose
Jaimus Tailor, a London-based designer, shares his experience building his latest work, Greater Goods, a creative project utilizing upcycled sportswear and outdoor gear to create new product.
History of Gear Series: Hap Klopp, Former President of the North Face
Former President of the North Face, Hap Klopp, shared his insights into the early days of the company, the values he feels propelled the company to success, and his passion for creating the highest performing, impactful products.
The Future of Feathers
Matthew Betcher, Creative Director for Allied Feather and Down shares his insights into down versus synthetics, the importance of traceability and transparency in supply chains, and the future of down.
History of Gear Series: Springbar Tents
Utah's tent-making history can be traced back to Arthur Jack Kirkham's decision to buy a tent and awning company based in Utah. From that decision, Kirkham invented the Springbar Tent and championed Utah gear making for decades to come.
History of Gear Series: Evolution of Mountain Tents
Gear historian, Bruce Johnson, shares the history and evolution of mountain tents from Civil War era "pup tents" to the North Face geodesics and beyond. Tents are a unique piece of gear as they fulfill one of the most basic human needs, shelter.
COVID Changes to the Motorsports Industry
KLIM is part of Teton Outfitters Global Human Resources Director at Teton Outfitters, Sandi Landon, shares the state of the motorsports industry, how the company has adapted to COVID, and how the pandemic has affected her role in recruiting.
History of Gear Series: Mountain Safety Research (MSR)
Bruce Johnson shares the history of Mountain Safety Research (MSR) and founder, Larry Penberthy who brought rigorous testing practices to the climbing industry.
Alumni Spotlight: Veronica Villhard / Under Armour
Veronica Villhard (Class of 2019) shares her experience as a Footwear Innovation Designer at Under Armour and how she's adapting as a designer in a COVID world.
History of Gear Series: DownHome
In the little town of Arcata, California, it only took two gear makers, Chuck Kennedy and Denice Hermann to create the spark that would lead to this small town becoming a gear hot spot and the early home of DownHome sleeping bags.
History of Gear Series: Hot Spots of Gear
Across North America, in the 20th century, influential product designers and companies sprung up in various regions, becoming hot spots for gear. Bruce Johnson shares the history of gear hubs like Boulder, Seattle, San Francisco, and Arcata, California.
Data Driven Decisions and the Future of the Industry
Neil Schwartz, Head of Insights and founder of TGP Insights shared his perspective on the future of product design in the age of COVID and the need for designers to design and sell more meaningful products for more saavy consumers.
History of Gear Series: Daleboot, Utah's Custom Ski Boot Maker
Mike Sheets, Sales Manager for Utah's custom ski boot maker, Daleboot, shares the history of the company's innovative founder, Mel Dalebout and the influence of the company on the ski industry.
Puerto Rico Outdoor Economic Development Panel
Dr. Andrew Deceuster joined government representatives from the State of Utah and Puerto Rico in a recent webinar to discuss opportunities to strengthen and grow the outdoor economy in Puerto Rico.
History of Gear Series: Jack Stephenson's Warmlite
Bruce Johnson, gear historian, shares the history of outdoor industry pioneer, Jack Stephenson and his company Warmlite. Stephenson, an aerospace engineer, brought technical materials, aerodynamic shapes, and an innovative approach to product design.
Nicole McLaughlin on Sustainabilty, Upcycling, and Design During COVID
Nicole McLaughlin, a product designer taking the design, art, and fashion worlds by storm with her unique, upcycled designs shares her insights on designing during COVID-19, the future of sustainability, and how she stays creative.
History of Gear Series: Rivendell Mountain Works
Bruce Johnson, gear historian, shares the history and impact of little known brand, Rivendell Mountain Works on the latest History of Gear Series. Innovations in the backpacking space can be traced back to this little brand.
Growing Up in Frostline Kits
Trent Bush, a Senior Creative from companies like Burton, Mountain Hardwear, Black Diamond, and now Spyder, shares his experiences with his dad working for Frostline Kits in Boulder, CO.
Local Industrial Designer Shares Journey to the Industry
Steve Puertas, a Senior Industrial Designer with a local outdoor cooking company, Blackstone Products, shared his experience getting into product design and what excites him about working in the outdoor cooking space.
History of Gear Series: Frostline Kits
On this episode of the History of Gear Series, we talk about Frostline Kits, a company built on the idea of consumers sewing together their own gear.
Former REI CFO and Aggie Alum Reflects on Time in Industry
Brad Johnson, former CFO of REI and Lands' End shares his background working in senior leadership positions, his time studying at Utah State, and his current role teaching at Utah State University.
"From Buckskin to Gore-Tex"
Dr. Rachel Gross, professor of history and gear historian, shares her insights on the outdoor industry within the larger context of historic events, the basis of her upcoming book, "From Buckskin to Goretex".
Outdoor Trends in the Age of COVID
Jeanine Pesce, Founder of Range, shares her insights on the impacts of COVID on the future of work, how trends are changing due to the pandemic, and how product will be designed and developed.
History of Gear Series: Holubar
In the lastest History of Gear Series, gear historian, Bruce Johnson shares the story of Roy and Alice Holubar, outdoor pioneers and founders of Holubar.
Dave Gibson on Freelancing in the Age of COVID
Dave Gibson, an industrial designer, freelancer, and faculty member at Wenzhou-Kean University shared his thoughts on the COVID crisis, his experience leaving China during the pandemic, and the future of freelance work.
History of Gear Series: The Yak Works & Rivendell Mountain Works
Don Wittenberger and Eric Hardee of the Yak Works and Rivendell Mountain Works share their insights on the latest History of Gear Series about soft pack design and development and the influence of the Yak Works and Rivendell on the industry.
DPS Skis CEO Talks Manufacturing During COVID
Alex Adema, CEO of DPS Skis in Salt Lake City, shares some of his insights into the state of the ski industry as well as US manufacturing and how they've adapted to producing protective equipment to frontline healthcare workers.
History of Gear Series: Alan Wenker - Vintage Backpack Collector
Alan Wenker, backpacking enthusiast and collector talks about the history of backpacks over time, why he has over fifty packs in his collection, and the evolution of gear.
Under Armour Senior Creative on Staying Creative During COVID
John Acevedo, Principle Design Ambassador at Under Armour shared his insights and perspective as a senior creative on the impacts of COVID on the industry and how he's staying creative during these uncertain times.
History of Gear Series: Gerry Mountain Sports
Outdoor gear historian, Bruce Johnson, shares the history of one of the most influential outdoor companies, Gerry Mountain Sports, founded by Gerry and Ann Cunningham in 1946.
Specialized's Response Amid COVID-19
Specialized HR Business Partner, Lena Laakso gave a brief virtual presentation sharing her thoughts on the state of the outdoor industry amid COVID-19, how companies and employees are responding and adapting, and her perspective from Human Resources.
Former Stance Employee Shares Lessons on Rebounding After Layoffs
Christian Schrader, a product designer and manager shares his journey to the outdoor industry, his work as a creative in the outdoors, and lessons he's learned being recently let go from Stance due to the impacts of COVID-19 on the business.
History of Gear Series: Bruce "Old Gear" Johnson - History of Gear Project
In the new History of Gear Series, Bruce "Old Gear" Johnson shares his work documenting the history of the industry. Johnson has built the History of Gear Project, a website documenting the history of key individuals and brands that built the industry.
Paul Thallner, CEO at High Peaks Group Speaks on Resiliency
Thallner spoke with faculty member, Andrea Olsen about topics ranging from team effectiveness to mindfulness and how to ultimately develop resiliency professionally.
KEEN Footwear Hosts Information Session
Andrew Eastman, a Senior Recruiter for Portland-based KEEN Footwear, visited USU and hosted an information session on internship and full-time opportunities with the company.
Cotopaxi VP of Design Shares Employment Insights
Evie Moe, Vice President of Design at Cotopaxi visited students in the Outdoor Product Design & Development program at Utah State University to talk about how to best prepare to enter the workforce.
Senior Innovation Leader Speaks on Pushing Boundaries
Nick Cienski, the principle creative at Under Armour for all things on the innovation team, visited campus and shared a wealth of experiences from his time at various companies including Salomon, Helly Hansen, Arc’teryx, and currently Under Armour.
Jaybird Founder Speaks on Creativity, Fulfillment, and Making Product That Matters
Students recently met with and heard a presentation from Judd Armstrong, the founder of Jaybird and pioneer in wireless headphone technology, which recently sold for upwards to $100 million.
An Aggie’s Advice to Enter the Outdoor Industry
Aggie alum, Dawson Westenskow spoke to students in the OPDD program about his experience in product management and as a sustainability consultant. He also shared what it was like working for companies like Thule, REI, and Oboz.
USU Partners with the Outdoor Industry Association to Launch Outdoor Continuing Education
Utah State University and the Outdoor Industry Association partner to create an online certificate and sustainability education for the outdoor industry.
Students Tour Malouf, Industry Leader in Sleep Products
During a tour of sleep products giant, Malouf, OPDD students learned the details of product development from Kyle Robertson, director of product development for the company.
Lifetime Designer Preps Students on Interviewing
Frank Clegg, a senior industrial designer at Lifetime Products, visited juniors and seniors to discuss career readiness and how to prepare for an interview.
Primaloft Educates Students About Insulation
Students in the Textile Science class learned hands on about synthetic insulation from Travis West, a product marketing associate from materials innovator, Primaloft.
Product Development Brings Design to Life
While designers are traditionally recognized as being the creators of innovative, quality products, Cori Williams, a senior product developer at Cotopaxi, visited campus to share how vital developers are to bringing product to market.
Aggies Participate in Outdoor Retailer Snow Show
OPDD students were invited to attend and participate in the Outdoor Retailer show in Denver, CO where they, along with faculty, hosted presentations, panels, and workshops as well as provided repair and textile repurposing services to show attendees.
USU OPDD Students Develop Pack Concepts in Design Sprint with Local Company, Rose Anvil
Local leather goods company, Rose Anvil, recently approached a team of OPDD students about a design challenge. The students were tasked to develop a backpack concept that fits the brand and will help the company expand into new categories and markets.
Blackstone Industrial Designer Talks Portfolio Creation With Design Students
Steve Puertas, a senior industrial designer for outdoor cooking company Blackstone Products, spoke to OPDD students about portfolio building and how to craft a portfolio that shows the value of the designer.
ICON Industrial Designer Talks Portfolio Design With Students
Senior Industrial Design, Chris Nascimento visited campus to speak with students about his role at ICON Health & Fitness, his experience as a designer, and what makes a great portfolio.
Dave Gibson Speaks to New Student Designers
Dave Gibson, the owner of Dave Gibson Creative spoke to students covering topics ranging from why outdoor gear is unique to design, his experience working as a freelance designer, and his life as a designer in China.
REI Talks Product Development at USU
Colin Quinn, a product developer from Seattle-based REI, visited aspiring outdoor product students to share his thoughts on product development as a career and his experience at REI.
Kinetic Fabric Explores New Product Applications With Student Design Sprint
Students from OPDD partnered with the team from Kinetic Fabrics to identify new applications for their innovative materials. Zach Decker, the founder of Kinetic, was interested in developing new applications with students.
Product Testing for Product Designers
Every product bought and sold has been tested or met safety standards in one way or another. Aaron Campbell, a Field Engineer with product testing equipment producer, Instron, spoke to students about product testing standards and processes.
Nomatic Director of Industrial Design Talks the Importance of Portfolios
Nomatic Director of Industrial Design, Evan Howard, taught students the importance of portfolio building and what it takes to create a portfolio that highlights the value of a designer.
OPDD Students Host Workshop During Salt Lake Design Week
As a part of Salt Lake Design Week, students from Outdoor Product Design and Development (OPDD) partnered with local design firm, Espiritu Design, and the Industrial Design Association of Utah (IDAU) to host a workshop focused on rapid prototyping.
Package Design Sprint and Workshop
Package designers from local companies hosted a workshop and design sprint for OPDD students focused on package design.
Preserving a Legacy of Outdoor Products History
A unique university collaboration between Library Special Collections and Outdoor Product Design & Development is preserving the history of the outdoor industry.
Cotopaxi Designer and Aggie Alumni Returns to Speak to Aspiring Designers
Ben Doxey, a USU alumni and former OPDD student returned to speak to freshmen in the OPDD program. Doxey works as an apparel designer for Salt Lake City-based outdoor product company, Cotopaxi.
Students and Faculty Visit Portland Outdoor Industry
Students and faculty were invited to attend and present at the Functional Fabric Fair in Portland, Oregon. While there the program toured companies including Under Armour, Nike, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, and Keen.
Students Learn Product Design and Development on Tour of ICON Health & Fitness
Students met with designers and toured local company and fitness leader, ICON Health and Fitness. The tour included conversations with designers and developers as well as a glimpse into how ICON prototypes their products.
Under Armour Executive Talks Design at USU
Kasey Jarvis, the Chief Design Officer for Under Armour, offered an opportunity for students to get a glimpse of what the design world is really like from the lowest level designer to senior executive.
Students Design Innovative Swimwear with Local Company
Students helped designers from local swimwear design company Nani Swimwear, develop new product concepts. Students spent the afternoon in a “design sprint” to rapidly create new product concepts and prototypes for potential production and sale.
Business of the Backcountry: Product Line Management at Backcountry.com
Andrew Fletcher, Head of Owned Brands, and Alicia Applegate, Product Line Manager, from eCommerce leader Backcountry.com spoke to OPDD students about the opportunities to work in product management.
The Business of the Outdoors: Browning Product Management
Brian Hobert, Product Line Manager for Browning visited the OPDD program to gives students a glimpse into the day to day of bringing product to market.
Students Develop New Products in Local Design Sprint
Designers from local consumer products company, Little Unicorn, joined students from the OPDD program to develop new products over the course of an afternoon.
Student Founded LIT Outdoors Smashes Kickstarter Goal
Utah outdoor startup, LIT Outdoors, raised over $175,000 on Kickstarter with the help of Outdoor Product Design and Development (OPDD) alum and product designer, Riley Hughes.
Student Spotlight: Doug Hintze
During OPDD Student Doug Hintze’s time in the program, his love of footwear, as well as the knowledge and skills he developed in a footwear design course, led him to a summer internship with Salt Lake City-based company, KURU.
State Support Bolsters Workforce Development Programs by OPDD
The Department of Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education received close to $100,000 in grant funding through the Talent Ready Utah grant program, for the purpose of growing talent pipelines to the outdoor and manufacturing industries in Utah.
OPDD and the Puerto Rico Outdoor Association Discuss Value of the Outdoor Industry
OPDD Director, Andrew Deceuster was invited by the Puerto Rico Outdoor Association to speak on the importance of the outdoor industry to the economy in Puerto Rico.
Preparing the Outdoor Workforce of Tomorrow
Staff from OPDD program spoke alongside representatives from other Utah outdoor programs as part of a panel hosted by the newly formed Utah Outdoor Association (UOA).
Alumni Spotlight: Nate Ball
Nate Ball, after being a part of the first graduating class is living the dream, interning for Vermont-based fly-fishing company, Orvis.
OPDD First Graduating Class Presents Senior Projects to Industry
OPDD students display their Senior Exhibits for Advisory Board, industry, and the general public prior to their upcoming graduation as the inaugural class from OPDD.
OPDD First Graduating Class Presents Senior Projects to Industry
OPDD students display their Senior Exhibits for Advisory Board, industry, and the general public prior to their upcoming graduation as the inaugural class from OPDD.
USU Students Sponsor Textile Upcycling Station at Outdoor Retailer
The outdoor industry gathers three times a year in Denver, CO for Outdoor Retailer, one of the largest outdoor product tradeshows. This year, OPDD students were invited to sew chalk bags as giveaways to show the power of turning scraps into new products....
Student Spotlight: Shelby McCashland
Utah companies continue to benefit from the talented students currently enrolled in the Outdoor Product Design and Development (OPDD) program. Shelby McCashland, incoming OPDD senior, has been interning for Logan-based ICON Health & Fitness.
Student Spotlight: River McKay
OPDD Student River McKay received an offer from Backcountry, an outdoor gear company, to stay on full-time while she completes her senior year at Utah State University.
Alumni Spotlight: Natalie Cullum
The future is bright for students in the first graduating class of the Outdoor Product Design & Development program, especially for recent graduate and newest employee of Vermont-based Orvis, Natalie Cullum.
OPDD Students Test Class Projects at Black Diamond
Students in Outdoor Product Design and Development (OPDD) not only learn how to translate concepts and ideas, they also learn how to produce tangible prototypes and finished products.
World’s Smallest Shoe Factory Visits USU
Portland-based footwear and outdoor brand, KEEN, visited Utah State University’s campus with their revolutionary, shoe weaving robot, the UNEEKBOT. The visit was a part of KEEN’s larger tour to promote the Uneek shoe and showcase opportunities for new tec...
Outdoor Historian Sheds Light on the History of the Outdoor Industry
Professory Rachel Gross, a historian of the outdoor industry, gave a public lecture on the heritage of outdoor product companies as well as spent time with the Outdoor Product Design & Development program.
Amer Sports Hosts OPDD Students in Ogden Offices
Students had the opportunity to visit local industry in Ogden and learn from industry professionals while touring the Amer Sports and ENVE Composites facilities.
OPDD First Graduating Class Presents Senior Projects to Industry
OPDD students display their Senior Exhibits for Advisory Board, industry, and the general public prior to their upcoming graduation as the inaugural class from OPDD.
OPDD Teams Up With Real Salt Lake
OPDD student, Makell Garrett, worked with players from the Real Monarchs to better understand cleat design in order to build a better performing product for athletes.
Dave Dolph of Oboz Footwear returned to USU’s Logan campus to share his experience and knowledge about footwear with the OPDD program, this time hosting a smaller workshop called “Shoe 101”. The workshop of about 10 students spent close to 4 hours discus...
Putting Innovation Back in the Hands of Designers
Faculty from OPDD spoke at Snow Show 2019 about the importance of providing designers the tools they need to truly create more innovative and impactful products.
Advocating for the Outdoor Industry
OPDD went to Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City during the Outdoor Recreation Day on the Hill hosted by the Office of Outdoor Recreation to advocate on behalf of the outdoor industry in the state of Utah.
Swimwear Designed Locally
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Goal Zero Founder Speaks to Outdoor Product Design Students
Students learned about leadership, design, and building businesses that do good from founder, Robert Workman.
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
The L.L. Bean Bootmobile team stopped in Logan to promote their products and give a seminar for Outdoor Product Design & Development students.