Design thought and process in the months ahead

Over the past two years of working with our customers we've come to find design being a larger and larger part of what we do every day. Our goal, as with all things, is to take a complicated process and simplify it and make it accessible, usable, repeatable, and special. It's in this spirit you will see small changes around thingsmiths in the coming months as we work to integrate our design methodology into more of what we do. 

Curious about our design process?  Check out our new description here

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2014 WebMD Health Hero Awards

You may have noticed that we've been exceptionally busy around the shop the past couple weeks. We've had to be mum about what we were up to until now, but we can now share that we were the sponsors and creators of the awards for the 2014 WebMD Health Hero awards.  We had such fun doing this, and will share more about the process in the coming days. For now, check out the link below to learn more about this great event.

 

2014 WebMD Health Hero Awards

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3D Printing and Children's imaginations

We really love this idea! A children's book that you can print the characters from. Check out the story below at FastCompany magazine

 

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3024760/a-childrens-book-that-is-the-little-prince-of-3-d-printing

 

 

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Taking a look beyond the hype

It's hard not to bite on the hype surrounding a new technology. When I see the latest and greatest I always have to restrain my optimism a bit: Google testing self-driving cars doesn't mean I can buy one next week, flexible screens probably won't be in the iPhone 6, and big data software won't do my entire taxes for me come April. It was the same when I first discovered 3D Printing, I believed that we'd be printing everything on our own machines within a couple years. Sadly that doesn't seem to be the case.

3D Printing is a wonderful technology, opening up possibilities that we haven't seen yet. But it's not the silver bullet. It will take a long time for this technology to mature into a Jetsons-like wonder, and while it does, we will have to work with what we have. Thankfully, what we have is pretty cool! While it may not work correctly the first time, every time, and we're not printing iPhones in a matter of minutes, we will work with you to get the result you want, and help you utilize your creativity to make your ideas a reality. It's a lot of hard, fun work, and yes, a little science fiction too.

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