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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. The Thanks for Making It podcast pays tribute to the origin stories of creators and creations that move us, and change our lives for the better.

Thanks for Making It - A podcast about Design Engineering Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design

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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. The Thanks for Making It podcast pays tribute to the origin stories of creators and creations that move us, and change our lives for the better.

    Designing for a Feeling & Turning a Passion Into a Successful Business - Kyle Doerksen of Onewheel

    Designing for a Feeling & Turning a Passion Into a Successful Business - Kyle Doerksen of Onewheel

    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 epis...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Design Engineering is a low-ego team sport - Hal Wuertz, AI/ML at IBM

    Design Engineering is a low-ego team sport - Hal Wuertz, AI/ML at IBM

    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 is brou...

    • 59 min
    Using Insights to Build More Powerful and User-Friendly Design - Prof Khipra Nichols Head of ID at RISD

    Using Insights to Build More Powerful and User-Friendly Design - Prof Khipra Nichols Head of ID at RISD

    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 Departme...

    • 54 min
    How to Bring Design and Engineering Together to Craft a Seamless User Experience - Jamar Bromley of Samsung

    How to Bring Design and Engineering Together to Craft a Seamless User Experience - Jamar Bromley of Samsung

    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...

    • 52 min
    How Questioning Everything Helps You Find Better Solutions – Meg Liotta of Tesla

    How Questioning Everything Helps You Find Better Solutions – Meg Liotta of Tesla

    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. Tha...

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

Balt Ba ,

Enjoying it so far - has been hard to find convos like this

I’m a big fan of design-led companies but it can be hard to know how to become one when your team’s background is in traditional engineering or design. Meg was a great first guest and I feel like I learned something.

jeagle10 ,

Wonderful!

Great idea. Looking forward to more episodes!

Evan Finklestein ,

Great show!

Great show! Always wanted to know more about the intersection of design and engineering!

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