Including UW-Stout’s industrial design program, an expo with state companies’ displays of their latest products featured:
- American Skillet: skillets of all 50 states and waffle irons
- Ashley Furniture: case goods and chairs
- Brooks Stevens Inc.: 3D-printed motorcycle and smaller scale projects
- Colony Brands: products from mail order and online shopping portals
- DELVE: health care and diagnostic-related products
- Fiskars: cutting tools for homeowners and professional landscapers
- Kohler: sink, faucets, tiles and kitchen and bath accessories
- Mercury Marine: prototype electric outboard motor and drive systems
- Milwaukee Tool: power tool products
- Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design: kiosk with student projects
- National Presto: new cookware and a fire extinguisher concept
- Oshkosh Corp.: scale models of vehicles from commercial and military divisions, as well as a virtual reality experience of a new commercial truck cab
- Saris: large bike carrier designed for heavy e-bikes
- Trek: bikes, including electric, and the B Cycle civic bike rental division, with charging stations.
Five UW-Stout industrial design students were event ambassadors, and students also displayed their portfolios.
The IDSA presented Student Merit awards to Riley Crotteau, of UW-Stout, and Josh Horth, of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. The schools have the only industrial design programs in Wisconsin.
Crotteau, of Rice Lake, a senior, graduated May 7.
Richter-O’Connell, also the host and emcee of DesignWisconsin, already is planning next year’s event and hopes it can become an annual tradition. “We have the blueprint established for a new kind of design experience in Wisconsin,” he said.