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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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Goal Zero Founder Speaks to Outdoor Product Design Students
Students learned about leadership, design, and building businesses that do good from founder, Robert Workman.