Kahler Slater. Much more than an Architecture Firm.
Join AIGA this Thursday, October 27 at 8:15am for a discussion about design with Kahler Slater. Tony LaPorte, the Culture Communications & Graphic Design Team Leader at Kahler Slater will give insight on the company and their process. He specializes in helping clients tell stories of their culture, history, and inspirations through a variety of graphic media.
Kahler Slater? I thought they were an architecture firm…
While architecture and the built environment is their medium for exploration in design, representatives at Kahler Slater consider themselves Experience Designers. They are creative problem-solvers who provide their clients with better experiential and visual environments for themselves and the people they serve.
Kahler Slater has a 5D approach that is customizable for every project. They focus on creating solutions that are client-centered, collaborative, creative, intense, and transforming.
Kahler Slater has a philosophy that every successful experience is made up of four elements. Perception, people, products/services, and place. They believe each element should be thoughtfully designed and not left to chance. At Kahler Slater, they promise to help create a refined vision for their client and provide resources to implement it.
Kahler Slater believes sustainable design must be practical in order for it to work and make a lasting impact. They help their clients understand how to implement green strategies that are easy to operate and maintain. Kahler Slater is committed to sustainable design. They have designed 4 four LEED certified projects, 10 LEED pending projects, and 31 LEED accredited professionals.
As you can see, the people of Kahler Slater do much more than just architecture. Register to join the conversation on Thursday to find out even more!
On Friday, a group of AIGA-UWM members road-tripped to Chicago to visit IDEO, an award winning global design firm. Some carpooled, some took the Metra from Kenosha, and others missed the train and had to drive as well! Regardless, everyone made it to IDEO! They even met up with UWM Design Professor, Suzy Rohan beforehand because she wanted to join in.
Before the tour, most students knew of IDEO from a Dateline episode where they redesigned an old shopping cart with fresh ideas. After the tour, they were pleasantly surprised to learn even more about their work environment:
IDEA Catcher: At IDEO, you never have to worry about not having a place to jot down notes. All of the walls are covered in sticky notes and dry erase boards so that ideas will never get lost!
Hot desking: IDEO employees come to work without an assigned desk to sit at. They could choose a new desk every day (if they wanted). The assumption is that you will take advantage of the free open space and sit down to work near people you need to be in close contact with for that day.
TeamWork: People at IDEO always work in different teams. They get to pick the projects they would like to work on, rather than be assigned to a specific one.
IDEOmade Salsa: IDEO has a rooftop deck with an amazing view of Chicago where they have grills, lounges, cook-outs, and parties when the weather permits. On top of that, they have a full garden. Employees are welcome to tend to the garden and take cucumbers and tomatoes whenever they want. When there is too much, they harvest the crop and make homemade salsa for anyone to take home!
Welcome Wall: IDEO has a welcome wall that shows events happening every day of the week. This way, their employees can stay involved in their city!
IDEO and Fuse: Students left IDEO with inspiration from their work process and environment. They also got to hear how IDEO would approach a UWM Fuse project if they had the chance. They recommended students choose a very specific topic of interest and dive deep into research. By trying to hit multiple topics, you will end up spreading yourself too thin!
If AIGA could leave you with a few tidbits of advice after this tour, they would be: Have questions ready about a company that you are touring, both general questions about the industry and ones specific to the company. Also, be sure to bring business cards (and resumes if you like) to any professional/social event. You never know when it will come in handy! Networking is a friend :)
AIGA-UWM is touring IDEO Chicago for our first design tour of the year!
When: Friday, September 30 from 12:30pm-3:30pm
Where: 626 W. Jackson Blvd…Chicago of course!
For how to get there, find out who’s attending, and to attend yourself, check out the Tour of IDEO Chicago.
Everything you ever wondered about IDEO in 60 seconds: IDEO…
is an award-winning global design firm that creates impactful solutions for organizations in the business, government, education, healthcare, and social sectors.
must be doing something right if they are located in Boston, Chicago, London, Munich, New York City, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Singapore.
cares about students and their comfort in the classroom! They worked with Steelcase, a renowned furniture design company, to create a reconfigurable seat that improves classroom experience.
follows the idea that, “Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.” —Tim Brown, president and CEO
has an interesting 3-step design process: inspiration, ideation, and implementation: 1. Inspiration: problem/opportunity in need of a solution. 2. Ideation: process of generating, developing, and testing ideas. 3. Implementation: path from the project stage into people’s lives.
just launched IDEO.org along with the mission to create innovative solutions for the world’s most dire poverty-related issues.
is the winner of more IDEA Awards than any other design firm.
is ranked #16 on Fortune’s list of “100-Most Favored Employers by MBA Students” (2011).
was ranked #10 on Fast Company’s list of the “Top 25 Most Innovative Companies” (2009).
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Welcome to the UW-Milwaukee AIGA blog!! This blog will be written with the AIGA Student Member in mind. We promise to be a vital source of information to any student interested in getting involved with the organization, attending events, networking, and/or learning more about the field of design.
Stay tuned for lectures to attend, must-know designer details, inspiration for you as a designer, and tips for success that will knock your socks off! And, as always, please join the conversation!