Thanks for Making It is a podcast about Design Engineering for people who are curious about the intersection of design, engineering, art, and science. In each episode, Professor Beth Altringer Eagle interviews professionals who combine design and technology skills so effectively that they create product and experiences that feel almost magical. Ultimately, Thanks for Making It pays tribute to the origin stories of creators and creations that move us, and change our lives for the better. TFMI.FM by madecollaborative.org.
Beth Ames Altringer Eagle
Beth leads the joint Master of Arts in Design Engineering (MADE) at Brown University School of Engineering and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she is a professor of Design Engineering. She runs a full-service product design studio, and likes to make indie learning games and generative art in her free time.
Thanks for Making It | S1E5: Designing for a Feeling & Turning a Passion Into a Successful Business - Kyle Doerksen of Onewheel
Beth Ames Altringer Eagle, Kyle Doerksen, Industrial Design Department, and MADE
You have probably ridden an electric car or scooter, but have you ever ridden a Onewheel? This lightweight mobility vehicle has one giant wheel and a motor, and sensors that control the motion of the motor to balance you. So it balances for you, and you lean forward to go, back to slow down, and lean on the side to make a turn. But perhaps most importantly, it is designed to create a joyful feeling while riding it. What does it mean to design and engineer a product for a feeling? In this episode of Thanks for Making It, our host Beth Altringer Eagle interviews Kyle Doerksen, the creator of Onewheel. They discuss his background in design and engineering, how he turned a Design Engineering passion into a successful business while still working at IDEO, Onewheel's creative process, and the many benefits of mixing design and engineering.
Beth Ames Altringer Eagle, Hal Wuertz, Industrial Design Department, and MADE
In this latest episode of the Thanks for Making It podcast, we interview another faculty member from Brown and RISD's Master of Arts in Design Engineering, Hal Wuertz, Design Principal, AI Experience and Research at IBM. Hal shares her perspective on how design intersects with engineering, what differentiates great design from good design, why having a low ego is critical in the design space, her professional journey, and what made her interested in art and design.
Thanks for Making It | S1E3: Using Insights to Build More Powerful and User-Friendly Design - Prof Khipra Nichols Head of ID at RISD
Beth Ames Altringer Eagle, Khipra Nichols, Industrial Design Department, and MADE
Good design starts with good insights. And designers should be able to understand what their target audience is feeling or thinking in order to create the right solution for them.
But how do you become more receptive to insights? According to our guest today, you nurture your perspective and point of view.
In this episode of the Thanks for Making It podcast, our host Beth Altringer Eagle welcomes Professor Khipra Nichols, MADE Faculty Co-Director and Head of the Industrial Design Department at RISD. They talk about the importance of insights for design, the difference between good and great design, and why design pushes you to go beyond your own expectations.
Thanks for Making It | S1E2: How to Bring Design and Engineering Together to Craft a Seamless User Experience – Jamar Bromley of Samsung
Beth Ames Altringer Eagle, Jamar Bromley, Industrial Design Department, and MADE
Many tech companies now use design to communicate with their customers by bringing innovative products to market and creating a stronger identity for their brand. But in technical fields, focusing solely on design won't get you far enough; design needs to come together with engineering to create a seamless and enjoyable user experience. In this episode of Thanks for Making It, host Beth Altringer Eagle interviews Jamar Bromley, a Senior Graphic Designer at Samsung Electronics America. They chat about the differences between good design and great design, how to use haptic and tactile design to create magical experiences, and why self-expression matters in the design world.
Thanks for Making It | S1E1: How Questioning Everything Helps You Find Better Solutions – Meg Liotta of Tesla
Beth Ames Altringer Eagle, Meg Liotta, Industrial Design Department, and MADE
In the automotive industry, engineering and design are two core components. But, many companies prioritize one (read: engineering) over the other. That's for a reason — cars are about functionality and safety as well as durability and cost-effectiveness. However, design is also about functionality. For instance, interior design solutions must ensure comfort and practicality. Therefore, the intersection of engineering and design is key to the success of a car giant such as Tesla. That's also the topic of this episode of Thanks for Making It. Our guest is Meg Liotta, the Senior Recruiter at Tesla. Meg and host Beth Altringer Eagle discuss the synergy between design and engineering, what it takes to work in a design engineering role, and what soft skills are required for working at Tesla. Meg shares her career path and a piece of valuable advice for students entering the job market. Meg and Beth also discuss diversity in the business world and emphasize the significance of diversity of thought and experience.