As we get ready for the release of the Trench Mail Sorter (hopefully this Friday!), we wanted to walk you all through the process behind the product's development. I think you'll see, as we did, that there's a good bit more behind the object than meets the eye.
In researching oceanic trenches for Product 02: The Trench Mail Sorter, we naturally learned a lot of interesting facts about each of the trenches we chose for the mail sorter. Here are a few of the more interesting tidbits we came across.
One of the perks about working for Data Design Co_ is that we tend to learn a lot while working on new products, and the Trench Mail Sorter was certainly no exception. If you're anything like we were, you probably haven't heard much about oceanography since 8th grade science class. With that in mind, here's a review of some of the basics
The first of our new products is Product #2: the Trench Mail Sorter. Featuring a cross-sectional cut of four of the world's most popular trenches at their deepest point, Product #2 is designed for the ocean lover in all of us.
Mark your calendars because next weekend, June 11th and 12th, Data Design Co_ will be at the Pop Shop Houston Summer Festival. One of the largest craft festivals in Houston, Pop Shop features makers from all over the region as well as a variety of local bands, food trucks, and craft lessons.
This past weekend, Data Design Co_ was lucky enough to be able to visit New York City for the 2016 NYCxDesign conference. While we weren't presenting any of our work, the conference was a great opportunity to talk with many talented designers and view works that certainly will inspire us for months to come. There was an incredible variety of work, but here are a few of our favorites.
Is there such a thing as a new-month resolution? If not, we here at Data Design Co_ are going to do it anyway.
Our new-month resolution is more.
More blog posts, more Instagram photos, and most importantly, more products. It's been too long. We miss you guys. We've been doing a lot of work behind the scenes to make big and exciting changes, and we've kept you all out of the loop. We'll do better. Until next time, here's a classic napkin shot from our latest brainstorming session at Houston's cool new beer garden, Axelrad.
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It's been a busy few months here at Data Design Co_. Although we may not have been posting much on this blog, there's been a lot of work going on behind the scenes. We've worked to streamline our coaster production process, figured out how to pay sales tax, learned to balance our time with DDCo_ with our other jobs, and most importantly standardized our design process.
In the past month, we went through this design process for a series of 3-D printed planters that never came to be. This is the story of those planters
Data Design Co_ is proud to present our Product #01 PT. 2: A Story in Sprawl. This time we turned our focus to Los Angeles. In this coaster set we showcase the growth of the City of Angels from its humble founding in 1850 to the current day.
A few weeks ago I shot the product photos for one of our first products (Houston | A Story of Sprawl in 5 Coasters) and I thought that I would give a few tips for the process. This was my first time doing this sort of shoot and I certainly learned a lot about what to do and what not to do.
Data Design Co_ is proud to release our first product, a set of coasters that displays the growth of urban sprawl over time. Each coaster set tracks the history of a major city in the United States from their birth to the present day. The first set traces Chicago and Houston from their near similar founding dates of 1833 and 1836 respectively.
In case you missed it, this summer has been one of civic duty for Data Design Co_. We partnered with January Advisors on a series of get-out-the-vote projects for the 2015 Houston mayoral elections, most notably the Pop Up Poll we built in June. This past Saturday we were excited continue the partnership with a test drive of the Coaster Campaign at Buffalo Bayou Brewery.
It has been a busy couple of weeks here at Data Design Co_. Since we last posted about our marathon brainstorming session, we have not only been gearing up for the launch of our first product, but we also completed pilot testing for our Coaster Campaign with January Advisors and the League of Women Voters. While we are still processing the results of that particular experiment, we wanted to take a minute and get everyone up to speed on the project.
This week we used a variety of texts to help jumpstart our brainstorming process. We found some of them immensely helpful for the process, so we thought we'd give the books a quick rundown (in no particular order) in case anybody else is looking for a better brainstorming process.
The last few days have been some of the most mentally exhaustive we've had in a while. Since steeping ourselves in Houston numbers for nearly a week, we have done little else but brainstorm for three days straight.
Building on the success of our recent collaboration on the Pop Up Poll, we spent last week compiling statistics on everything Houston for our next project: the Coaster Campaign. As we noted previously, the idea behind the Coaster Campaign is to create a series of coasters with maps and statistics to help bring contextualized data to potential voters in unexpected places (a la bars and restaurants).
Last week we posted about the development of the ballot box for our Pop Up Poll collaboration with January Advisors. As a follow up we thought we would describe the process behind the wooden VOTE tokens.
This past weekend, Data Design Co_ partnered with the good folks over at January Advisors for an experiment in public opinion polling. This fall we will elect a new mayor in Houston, and historically, voter turnout has been extremely low (in the 13-14% range). This felt like a good time to hit the ground running and do something about those statistics.