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History of Gear: Holly Roberge / Stephanie Schaff - Senior Archivists at Reebok

History of Gear: Holly Roberge / Stephanie Schaff - Senior Archivists at Reebok

10/25/2021

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 Talks Sustainability in Product Creation

10/18/2021

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

Outdoor History Summit Roundup

10/04/2021

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

History of Gear: Colin Berg, Brand Historian at Eddie Bauer

08/17/2021

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 / Former VP Design at Cotopaxi

08/09/2021

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

History of Gear Series: Dana Gleason / Owner of Mystery Ranch

08/02/2021

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 / Product Manager / Obermeyer

07/26/2021

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

History of Gear: Beaver Theodosakis / Founder of prAna

07/19/2021

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 / Global Senior Apparel Designer / Timberland

07/12/2021

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

History of Gear Series: Dave Moore, Heritage & Digital Asset Manager / Carhartt

07/05/2021

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

Mushroom Moment: Lisa Dougherty

06/28/2021

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

History of Gear Series: Sarah Pickman, PhD Candidate

06/21/2021

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 on Careers in Product Development

06/14/2021

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

History of Gear Series: Wilderness Experience

06/07/2021

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 / Industrial Designer at Werx Design

06/01/2021

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

History of Gear Series: Outdoor Archives Discussion Hosted by Range

05/24/2021

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 on Baselayers and Performance Fashion

05/17/2021

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 Development at Kuhl

05/10/2021

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

History of Gear Series: Marilyn Moss

05/03/2021

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

The Power of Inclusive Design With Lauren Guthrie

04/27/2021

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

Creating Mulit-Use Apparel With Sigrid Olsen

04/21/2021

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 on the Power of Visual Communication

04/16/2021

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

History of Gear Series: Sally McCoy

04/05/2021

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

Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Bodily / Skullcandy

03/29/2021

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 Talks Backcountry Culture and Interview Tips

03/25/2021

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

History of Gear Series: Bruce Hamilton / Former President of The North Face

03/15/2021

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 Partners to Create Beaver Chocolate Bar

03/11/2021

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

History of Gear Series: Tracey Cottingham

03/08/2021

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

History of Gear Series: The North Face Archives

02/23/2021

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 on Product in Virtual Spaces

02/16/2021

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

History of Gear Series: David Alcorn / The North Face Logo Designer

02/01/2021

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 / From Athlete to Creative

01/26/2021

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

History of Gear Series: Dr. Rachel Gross on the Legacy of Bob Gore

01/22/2021

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

Outdoor Rec Archive Featured on the Outdoor Biz Podcast

01/19/2021

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

The State of Outdoor Journalism with Amelia Arvesen

01/11/2021

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

Field Testing With Mountain Equipment Research Group

01/04/2021

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 Talks Pack Design at Gregory

12/28/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Mark Erickson / Jan Fletcher

12/21/2020

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

The Day to Day of Technical Apparel Design

12/14/2020

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

History of Gear Series: National Parks Maps Archive

12/07/2020

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

Logan Teen Turns Passion Into Sneaker Business

12/03/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Gore Archives

12/01/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Early Winters with Bruce Johnson

11/23/2020

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

How Teva Brings New Product to Market

11/16/2020

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

History of Gear Series: SAND Pack Company

11/09/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Dr. LaJean Lawson

11/02/2020

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

Scout Inspired Gear by Cantonment

10/26/2020

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

The Future of Local Trails

10/22/2020

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

An Introduction to the Outdoor Industry

10/19/2020

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

Starting a Fashion Label in Utah With Okito Brand

10/13/2020

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

Alumni Spotlight: Nate Larsen / Dansons

10/08/2020

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

Altra Director Speaks on Sustainable Future

09/29/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Alan Tabor / Co-Founder of Mountain Hardwear

09/18/2020

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

Alumni Spotlight: Natalie Cullum / Orvis

09/15/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Dr. Rachel Gross on the Evolution of Outdoor Clothing

09/03/2020

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

The State of Outdoor Ecommerce with Vista Outdoor

09/01/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Rainy's Premium Flies

08/27/2020

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

Greater Goods, Upcycled Product With a Purpose

08/24/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Hap Klopp, Former President of the North Face

08/20/2020

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

The Future of Feathers

08/17/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Springbar Tents

08/10/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Evolution of Mountain Tents

08/03/2020

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

COVID Changes to the Motorsports Industry

07/31/2020

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)

History of Gear Series: Mountain Safety Research (MSR)

07/27/2020

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

Alumni Spotlight: Veronica Villhard / Under Armour

07/23/2020

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

History of Gear Series: DownHome

07/20/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Hot Spots of Gear

07/17/2020

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

Data Driven Decisions and the Future of the Industry

07/13/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Daleboot, Utah's Custom Ski Boot Maker

07/09/2020

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

Puerto Rico Outdoor Economic Development Panel

07/03/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Jack Stephenson's Warmlite

06/29/2020

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 on Sustainabilty, Upcycling, and Design During COVID

06/26/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Rivendell Mountain Works

06/22/2020

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

Growing Up in Frostline Kits

06/15/2020

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

Local Industrial Designer Shares Journey to the Industry

06/12/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Frostline Kits

06/08/2020

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

Former REI CFO and Aggie Alum Reflects on Time in Industry

05/29/2020

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"

"From Buckskin to Gore-Tex"

05/26/2020

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

Outdoor Trends in the Age of COVID

05/22/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Holubar

05/18/2020

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 on Freelancing in the Age of COVID

05/15/2020

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

History of Gear Series: The Yak Works & Rivendell Mountain Works

05/11/2020

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

DPS Skis CEO Talks Manufacturing During COVID

05/08/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Alan Wenker - Vintage Backpack Collector

05/04/2020

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

Under Armour Senior Creative on Staying Creative During COVID

05/01/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Gerry Mountain Sports

04/27/2020

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's Response Amid COVID-19

04/24/2020

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

Former Stance Employee Shares Lessons on Rebounding After Layoffs

04/16/2020

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

History of Gear Series: Bruce "Old Gear" Johnson - History of Gear Project

04/13/2020

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

Paul Thallner, CEO at High Peaks Group Speaks on Resiliency

04/10/2020

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

KEEN Footwear Hosts Information Session

04/06/2020

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

Cotopaxi VP of Design Shares Employment Insights

03/23/2020

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

Senior Innovation Leader Speaks on Pushing Boundaries

03/16/2020

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

Jaybird Founder Speaks on Creativity, Fulfillment, and Making Product That Matters

03/02/2020

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

An Aggie’s Advice to Enter the Outdoor Industry

02/28/2020

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

USU Partners with the Outdoor Industry Association to Launch Outdoor Continuing Education

02/24/2020

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

Students Tour Malouf, Industry Leader in Sleep Products

02/20/2020

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

Lifetime Designer Preps Students on Interviewing

02/17/2020

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

Primaloft Educates Students About Insulation

02/14/2020

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

Product Development Brings Design to Life

02/10/2020

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

Aggies Participate in Outdoor Retailer Snow Show

02/05/2020

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

USU OPDD Students Develop Pack Concepts in Design Sprint with Local Company, Rose Anvil

01/24/2020

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

Blackstone Industrial Designer Talks Portfolio Creation With Design Students

01/20/2020

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

ICON Industrial Designer Talks Portfolio Design With Students

01/13/2020

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 Speaks to New Student Designers

12/16/2019

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

REI Talks Product Development at USU

12/12/2019

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

Kinetic Fabric Explores New Product Applications With Student Design Sprint

12/09/2019

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

Product Testing for Product Designers

12/05/2019

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 Talks the Importance of Portfolios

12/02/2019

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

OPDD Students Host Workshop During Salt Lake Design Week

11/26/2019

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 Design Sprint and Workshop

11/18/2019

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

Preserving a Legacy of Outdoor Products History

11/15/2019

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

Cotopaxi Designer and Aggie Alumni Returns to Speak to Aspiring Designers

11/11/2019

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 Visit Portland Outdoor Industry

11/05/2019

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 Learn Product Design and Development on Tour of ICON Health & Fitness

10/28/2019

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

Under Armour Executive Talks Design at USU

10/21/2019

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 Design Innovative Swimwear with Local Company

10/17/2019

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

Business of the Backcountry: Product Line Management at Backcountry.com

10/14/2019

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

The Business of the Outdoors: Browning Product Management

10/08/2019

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

Students Develop New Products in Local Design Sprint

10/01/2019

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

Student Founded LIT Outdoors Smashes Kickstarter Goal

08/19/2019

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

Student Spotlight: Doug Hintze

08/05/2019

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

State Support Bolsters Workforce Development Programs by OPDD

08/02/2019

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 and the Puerto Rico Outdoor Association Discuss Value of the Outdoor Industry

07/29/2019

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

Preparing the Outdoor Workforce of Tomorrow

07/22/2019

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

Alumni Spotlight: Nate Ball

07/15/2019

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 First Graduating Class Presents Senior Projects to Industry

06/30/2019

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 First Graduating Class Presents Senior Projects to Industry

06/30/2019

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

USU Students Sponsor Textile Upcycling Station at Outdoor Retailer

06/26/2019

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

Student Spotlight: Shelby McCashland

06/24/2019

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

Student Spotlight: River McKay

06/03/2019

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

Alumni Spotlight: Natalie Cullum

05/20/2019

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

OPDD Students Test Class Projects at Black Diamond

05/08/2019

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

World’s Smallest Shoe Factory Visits USU

04/30/2019

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

Outdoor Historian Sheds Light on the History of the Outdoor Industry

04/29/2019

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

Amer Sports Hosts OPDD Students in Ogden Offices

04/22/2019

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 First Graduating Class Presents Senior Projects to Industry

04/12/2019

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 Teams Up With Real Salt Lake

04/08/2019

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.

Shoe 101

Shoe 101

04/01/2019

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

Putting Innovation Back in the Hands of Designers

03/11/2019

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

Advocating for the Outdoor Industry

02/25/2019

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

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.

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.

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.