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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.

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.

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.