Collaborative Design for the Win in Creating Inclusive Products

Collaborative Design for the Win in Creating Inclusive Products For 5 years, Tekna has partnered with Michigan Design Council’s Design Prize in collaboration with K-12 students, tackling a design challenge that combats societal issues linked to Michigan and beyond. This year’s challenge was to inspire healthy exercise for K-12 students. The inspired team to tackle this challenge was made up of Branch Area Career Center 11th grade students Caleb Jones, Steven Covell and Brianna Omo
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Race car driving

The Need for Speed

The Need for Speed From a young age, engineer Mike Gruizinga has been fascinated with speed and racing. What began as a keen interest in motocross, quickly developed into a love of racing cars. Mike has sported several vehicles in the past, including a beefed up Geo Metro, to fulfill his endurance racing dreams in the 24 Hours of Lemons racing series. His current ride, a gray 1984 Nissan 300zx Turbo, has become his main
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GIA Global Innovation Awards

Global Innovation Awards

Global Innovation Awards We are excited to celebrate the accomplishments of our very own Eve Berndt at the Global Innovation Awards! Eve, along with two other students, designed a system of products called ReFresh for their Senior Thesis project at MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design), aspiring to introduce a more sustainable, eco-friendly approach to grocery shopping. Working together to identify the need within the industry and create the Refresh system, they each picked
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Responding to the Need – PPE for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Responding to the Need – PPE for the COVID-19 Pandemic We can’t express enough gratitude to all of the healthcare professionals working so hard to care for us in a great time of need! As hospitals have struggled to get the protective equipment needed for their healthcare providers, we partnered with local companies Fabri-Kal, Schupan & Sons, and Southwest Michigan First to make face shields. Bronson Healthcare requested support from Southwest Michigan First to acquire
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New Website - New Year New Look

New Year, New Look, New Website

New Year, New Look, New Website It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since we launched our rebrand and new website. At the same time, it feels like it’s exactly who we’ve always been. Then, our focus was on creating our brand identity – determining what makes us who we are and starting to share that with the world. It was just the beginning. Now, with something really refreshing about the year 2020, we’ve
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Wonderful Workplace 2019

Tekna Awarded Wonderful Workplace

Tekna Awarded Wonderful Workplace 2019 By Sarah Hollingsworth Tekna was selected by 269 Magazine as one of Southwest Michigan’s Wonderful Workplaces. This award celebrates the outstanding efforts made by local businesses in the region who build culture and create a great place to work. The article, released in their 2019 Holiday issue, focused on our culture of authenticity. “The space—with ceilings high enough to allow for an airplane to be suspended above the design team—leaves
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supply chain internship

Being the First Supply Chain Intern

Being the First Supply Chain Intern By Brandon Peterson, Supply Chain Intern When it came time to look for a summer internship, I really wanted to find something that would help me explore the various aspects of supply chain management. With that in mind, I felt like interning for a larger scale company wouldn’t be ideal because I would likely be limited to a narrower role with fewer activities. Conversely, a smaller company like Tekna
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medical device

When Life Gives you Lemons

When Life Gives You Lemons By Mike Stinchcomb, Design Engineer Intern About 2 years ago I tried to shoe ski down a huge, snowy, slick hill on my way to class (as any college kid would), which resulted in me falling pretty hard on some ice. After my fall, I experienced sharp and persistent pain in my hip. I saw a few doctors who were having trouble finding the root of the problem. I went
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Product Design Eve Berndt

A Holistic Approach

A Holistic Approach By Eve Berndt, Industrial Design Intern Looking at the bigger picture has always been a tendency of mine. I’ve shaped who I am today, in part, because of my inclination to question ideals, motives, and systems around me. I think it’s a big part of what drew me to industrial design—I love the discussion around what makes a well-designed product. I love the questioning. But more so, I love following the process
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Tekna Intern Birdhouse

Operation Birdhouse – Summer 2019

Operation Birdhouse – Summer 2019 By Summer 2019 Interns: Eve Berndt, Lauren Maksymiuk, and Mike Stinchcomb During the first few weeks of our internship, we heard talk of an intern project and a running joke about how the birdhouse is coming along. Around our last month at Tekna, we were given the project brief–operation birdhouse. The mission was to create a birdhouse for the back patio—but not just any old birdhouse. They wanted something exciting
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