DWM Design Studio Tours: Reagan Marketing + Design / West Michigan Boat and Engine

Design Studio Tours:
Reagan Marketing + Design / West Michigan Boat and Engine

Thursday, October 26 | 5-7 p.m.

Design West Michigan is hosting the first in a series of design studio tours, on Thursday, October 26 from 5-7pm. We’ll be visiting Reagan Marketing and Design, with side tours to West Michigan Boat and Engine.

Representatives from Lot3Metz Architecture, designers of the Reagan Marketing and Design space, will be present.

This is a free tour, but spots are limited. Sign up at Eventbrite to reserve yours today!


About Reagan Marketing and Design
A Grand Rapids native, Mary Reagan graduated from Grand Valley State University and founded Reagan Marketing and Design in 1991 when she left a position at Steelcase to start her own business. Visit reaganmarketing.com for more information.

About West Michigan Boat and Engine
West Michigan Boat and Engine was foundedby Robert Shapton, a graduate of the College for Creative Studies with a degree in Product Design. The company is a local resource for restoration arts of antique and classic marine recreational products. Visit michiganboatandengine.com for more information.

The History of Kindergarten – Extended Trailer World Premiere

When Friedrich Froebel created the organized system of preschool education known as Kindergarten in Germany 180 years ago, he fundamentally changed the course of human history. Yet today, few people in the United States know his name, let alone the story of the rise and fall of his influence on the American education system.

Froebel invented Kindergarten, the first play-based system of education, and helped children develop design, creative problem solving, and critical thinking skills, which he saw as critical to their success in the adult world. He even created a number of tools – most notably the geometric building and pattern activity blocks known as Froebel Gifts – to engage children in these kinds of experiences. It didn’t take long for Froebel’s pedagogy to spread to America, where it would shape our burgeoning education system throughout the mid to late 1800s and go on to drastically influence music (“Happy Birthday”), architecture (Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminster Fuller), design (Charles Eames) and visual art (the Bauhaus Movement), among many other facets of our culture.

Fast forward to the present day, and education in the U.S. is as a top-down managed, curriculum-focused system dependent on standardized testing. How did it come to stray so far from its roots in Froebel’s ideas? Why has the system failed us? And most importantly, what can we do to fix it?

“The History of Kindergarten” was born out of a desire for answers to these questions. Drawing on hours of exploration into the ongoing influence of Froebel, the importance of design education, and the connection between creativity and innovation, this documentary series will bring audiences along on this fascinating journey through America’s pedagogical evolution and inspire critical dialogues about the future of education in our country and beyond. Join the project’s creator, veteran toy designer and Froebel advocate Scott Bultman, as he shares his vision for this ambitious and timely project. 

“The History of Kindergarten” was produced in collaboration with West Michigan-based film production company Match Frame Creative, and is sponsored by Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University’s (KCAD’s) Design West Michigan, the Association for Childhood Education International, Bruderhof, Uncle Goose Toys, and Jim & Regina Rosier. 

About Scott Bultman:

Scott Bultman uses his extensive experience in product development, design, and education gained from 30+ years in the toy business to support creative opportunities for children of all ages through play and design thinking.

After managing Grand Rapids, MI-based Uncle Goose Toys alongside his brother for 15 years, Bultman now shepherds a number of brands focused on helping children develop critical thinking creative problem solving skills through design-based play, including Wholemovement™, a process for teaching children pattern formation by folding paper plates; the Kaleidograph™, an award-winning pattern design toy based on the geometry of crystals and flowers; and Froebel USA, a publisher and distributor of educational material based on ideas, tools, and methods developed by German education pioneer Friedrich Froebel, who created the concept of kindergarten.

Bultman’s fascination with Froebel has inspired him to research, promote, and celebrate the Froebel Kindergarten method and the value of creative education around the world, including organizing and hosting international Froebel education conferences in 2002, 2010, 2012, and 2013, as well as an upcoming event to be held in Grand Rapids in August of 2017.

Iris van Herpen Lecture Series: Dutch Design, Culture in Context


Following graduation from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1988, Ken Krayer interned at Studio Dumbar in The Hague, Netherlands. This was the beginning of his love affair with Dutch Design. He has been fueling his curiosity for Dutch Design ever since.

Ken Krayer is the Executive Director of Design West Michigan. As a unique extension of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Design West Michigan acts as an on-going catalyst for the region’s design network, bringing in key design thinkers for public presentations and demonstrating the value of design through case studies, business, and design interactions. Mr. Krayer comes from a rich background of design and design management, as well as art and design education. In addition to his position at Design West Michigan, he is also a faculty member at Kendall College of Art and Design in the Collaborative Design, Industrial Design, and MA in Design programs.

Mr. Krayer received his Master of Art in Design from Cranbrook Academy and his Bachelor of Art in Art Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Industrial Design Society of America, the Design Management Institute, Design West Michigan, and is the founder of the Society for Experimental Form. His work is held in the permanent collections of The Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Erie Art Museum, and several private collections.

This lecture is free for members, free with admission fee.

More information here

Additive Manufacturing and the Future of How We Make Things


Additive manufacturing, such as 3D printing, has revolutionized the way we think about production, with examples in prototyping, consumer products, hardware, tools, guns, jet engines, drones, fashion, and even houses. Almost any type of material can now be “printed”, leading to innovations on an almost daily basis. Will the future be “printed” as some people predict? These are the technologies and questions Dr. Andrew Dent will explore in this captivating lecture.

This event is free for Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) members. Non-GRAM members will need to pay an admission fee to the museum.



Wednesday, November 9th


Grand Rapids Art Museum

101 Monroe Center NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503




About Dr. Andrew Dent

Dr. Dent Vice President, Library & Materials Research, plays a key role in the expansion of Material ConneXion’s technical knowledge base. His research directs the implementation of consulting projects and the selection of innovative, sustainable, and advanced materials to Material ConneXion’s Library, which currently holds over 7,500 materials. Material ConneXion has been tracking and advising in this area of industry for a decade, and will bring insights on where this revolution is heading.


This event is part of the Iris Van Herpen Lecture Series at the GRAM.

Design West Michigan is an organization of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

Designer Matt Baldwin


Join us for a discussion with designer Matt Baldwin, owner of BALDWIN Denim & Collections. This talk is being presented by A.K. Rikk’s and Design West Michigan.


6:30pm – Reception

7:30pm – Talk

8:30pm – Event concludes


About Matt Baldwin

From his home in Kansas City, designer Matt Baldwin creates inspired denim and apparel that maintains the history and heritage of the legendary American-born workwear through impeccable craftsmanship and design. After a 2015 CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund nomination, Baldwin is working to bring his unique take on classic American style to an even wider market.

RSVP by visiting dwmmattbaldwin.eventbrite.com

Sexing the Cubicle: The Materiality of Sexism in Office Design, 1945-2000


Sponsored by Design West Michigan and IIDA Michigan Chapter

This talk will explore the ways in which the culture of sexism in office work through the late 20th century was reflected and reproduced through American office design of that era. In addition to examining the symbolic meaning of status and hierarchy as it relates to gender in American offices, this talk will also consider the ways in which the marketing and design of office furniture in the late 20th century reinforced expected gender roles within American offices and office work.

About Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler

Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler is an Assistant Professor of Design History at Purdue University in the Department of Art and Design. Jennifer’s current research, on the history of the American open plan office, considers the tension between the progressive ideals of the architects, designers, and furniture manufacturers who first promoted the open plan and the material, political, social, and technological problems that workers and organizations encountered as the open plan became a mainstream American office design concept in the late 20th century. Jennifer earned her PhD in Design Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art and Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and her BA in American Culture from Vassar College.


Registration required; register here



Woodbridge N Ferris Building

Room 217

17 Pearl St NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Wege Prize 2016 Awards


Some of the brightest collegiate minds in the world have gathered to solve a truly wicked problem: How can we create a circular economy?

Wege Prize challenges teams of five to design a product, service, or business model that can function within and help create a paradigm shift towards a circular economic model, an economic model in which resources and capital are regenerative. Teams were again required to represent at least two different academic institutions and at least three different academic disciplines. This year’s challenge was answered by 15 teams, representing 19 different colleges/universities and a staggering 52 different academic disciplines. These students converged their unique talents in a collaborative pursuit of a new and revolutionary kind of problem solving, developing innovative ideas and solutions that are truly capable of moving the needle.

Now, only our finalist teams remain standing. Join us as we welcome them to Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) stage, where they’ll present and defend their solutions in full to our judging panel of industry-leading movers and shakers and compete for $30,000 in total cash prizes.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP required.

Doors open at 9:30am, presentations start at 10am.

Individuals with disabilities who require special accommodations to participate should contact the KCAD President’s Office at 616.451.2787 x1200 at least 72 hours in advance.

Andrew Blauvelt: A Hippie Modernism?

Psychedelic artists, radical architects, anti-designers, eco-communards, acid drag performers, and many other “freaks” came together in the 1960s to turn mainstream society on its head by creating new forms of art, architecture, and design. Deemed a failure during the neoconservatism of the 1970s and 1980s, their radical ideas and utopian struggles would, however, plant the seeds of today’s progressive society and culture and influence a whole new generation of contemporary artists and designers.

Join Andrew Blauvelt, Director of the Cranbrook Art Museum, as he discusses his latest exhibition and book, Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, which he organized for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. This critically acclaimed and popular exhibition will debut at Cranbrook Art Museum on June 17 be on view through October 9, 2016.

About Andrew Blauvelt:

ws2010po_blauvelt0329_ Walker Art Center Staff Portrait, Andrew Blauvelt, Chief of Communications and Audience Engagement, Curator of Architecture and Design, March 29, 2010.

In 2015 Andrew Blauvelt was named Director of the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. For 18 years he served as design director, senior curator of architecture and design, and chief communications and engagement officer at the Walker Art Center, a multidisciplinary contemporary arts museum located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA Design) and the recipient of more than 100 design honors and awards including the 2009 National Design Award for Institutional and Corporate Achievement from the Cooper-Hewitt of the Smithsonian Institution and, most recently, the 2016 Design Fellow Award from AIGA Minnesota. He writes about design and culture for a variety of publications and has taught design at numerous university programs in the U.S., Mexico, and the Netherlands

Registration Required; Register Here


Woodbridge N Ferris Building

Room 217

17 Pearl St NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Creating Impact Through Design at IDEO

Creating Impact Through Design at IDEO

Thomas Overthun, Associate Partner and Design Director at IDEO in the Bay Area and Elger Oberwelz, Design Director at IDEO Palo Alto
Wednesday, March 30th
7:00pm | Woodbridge N Ferris Building, Room 217

17 Pearl St NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

About Thomas Overthun
Thomas is Associate Partner and Design Director at IDEO in the Bay Area and has been with the company since 1993. Thomas directs design programs at IDEO. His leadership style is based on his broad experience in many industry areas, and he makes a point of never leaving active and hands-on design work behind. He believes that getting the whole story right, refining the details meticulously and bringing great products to market is key.

Thomas has developed strong expertise in the areas of contract furniture and ergonomic seating, office and consumer electronics, kitchen tools and appliances, personal care and sports products. Clients include Audible, Balanced Body, Brooks England, Cisco, Eastman, fizi:k, Microsoft, National Panasonic, Oral B, OXO, Proctor & Gamble, Selle Royal, Steelcase, Western Digital and Zyliss.

Read more about Thomas Overthun

About Elger Oberwelz

As a Design Director at IDEO Palo Alto, Elger Oberwelz leads by getting his hands dirty, working side-by-side with his group of world-class industrial designers.

Elger believes in elevating the human experience through the power of beauty and relentlessly pursuing craft excellence. Driven by this passion to leverage design to improve just about anything, his mission is to push all teams—and clients—to their creative edge.

Read more about Elger Oberwelz

Integrating for Impact 2016

Design Thinking, Human Centered Design: you’ve heard the buzz words… Now learn the tools and how to use them to achieve innovation. This intensive workshop has been designed specifically for working professionals from business and social sectors. Build internal capacity to innovate through mastery of context, methods and tools. Create confident practitioners who learn to bridge between design methodologies and traditional business methods to create insightful, sustainable solutions.
Base Camp | The Context of Innovation | Friday, February 5, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Insights | The Holy Grail of Innovation | Thursday, February 11, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Friday, February 12, 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Scaling the Wall | Tools and Process for Integration | Friday, February 19, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Leverage | Levers for Organizational Change | Friday, February 26, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact KCAD: Continuing Studies for Pricing Information. Discounts available for non-profits and organizations sending more than one participant.

For more information visit our website or call us @616.451.1868 ext.3012