Rogers Athletic / StageRight
- In the 8+ years I have worked with Rogers Athletic, I have designed or significantly updated nearly 40 products that are currently in production. This does not include StageRight products, or products designed for outside companies, which would add a few more.
- I enjoy being able to find myself on a Google Patent Search.
- The company is more respectful and aware of design's importance than it was when I started. Feedback from coaches on the weight machines like "Finally, something that looks good - I can recruit with this!" have shown what effect design can have on a product.
- I led the design language of the Pendulum weight equipment, which was an interesting study on redesigning an existing product around set parameters, and difficult to portray the necessary emotion while keeping in line with our manufacturing capabilities. The Pendulum design language has struck a chord with coaches because of the reaction these machines get when new recruits see them. I never tire of seeing people get excited over something I've helped to create.
- Making something ugly usually costs about as much as making something beautiful.
- A design that communicates some emotion tends to be treated better throughout the production process. Even shop workers who before tended to "fix" everything with a hammer can be careful and even protective of the assembly of a product they're proud of.
- More design & engineering time usually equates to less time fixing expensive mistakes.
- Respect for others' jobs and schedules tends to get things done quicker.