Partners

Products of design is grateful to our partners for their support of the program and of the students. From scholarships and industry-sponsored programs to in-kind donations, we welcome organizations and brands to be a part of this progressive educational enterprise.

Etsy: Partnered Project

Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods. Their mission is to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world.

Centers for Disease Control: Partnered Project

CDC‘s mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.

eBay: Scholarship and industry-sponsored project

With more than 100 million active users globally, eBay is the world’s largest online marketplace, where practically anyone can buy and sell practically anything. Founded in 1995, eBay connects a diverse and passionate community of individual buyers and sellers, as well as small businesses. Their collective impact on ecommerce is staggering: In 2011, the total value of goods sold on eBay was $68.6 billion—more than $2,100 every second.

Autodesk: Scholarship fund and industry-sponsored project

Through apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Android, Autodesk is making design technology accessible to professional designers as well as amateur designers, homeowners, students, and casual creators. Whether it’s a kid looking to build a new contraption, a seasoned pro sketching out a great new idea, or someone who just wants to amp up their creative output, Autodesk is taking technology originally built for movie studios, automakers, and architectural firms, and making it available to anyone who wants to create and share their ideas with the world.

Instructables: Scholarship fund and industry-sponsored project

Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. The seeds of Instructables germinated at the MIT Media Lab as the future founders of Squid Labs built places to share their projects and help others. In August 2011 Instructables joined Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software.

Adobe: In-kind support

Adobe is the global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions. Their tools and services enable their customers to create groundbreaking digital content, deploy it across media and devices, measure and optimize it over time, and achieve greater business success. They help our customers make, manage, measure and monetize their digital content across every channel and screen.

Herman Miller: In-kind support

In addition to their classic pieces and new designs for the home, Herman Miller is a recognized innovator in contemporary interior furnishings, solutions for healthcare environments, and related technologies and services. A publicly held company headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, we have manufacturing facilities in the United States, China, Italy, and the United Kingdom and sales offices, dealers, licensees, and customers in over 100 countries.

Coalesse: In-kind support

Coalesse has dedicated itself to researching and leveraging insights about work and lifestyle needs within the constantly changing context of information technology, business process, and social patterns. They collaborate with the world’s best design talent to create inspired solutions that challenge the generic approaches that define most office environments. Their key clients are designers and architects who want professional-grade performance and versatility in furnishings that can be applied in a home workplace as elegantly as any professional office environment.

Kartell: In-kind support

Kartell was created in 1949 and boasts 60 years of history, masterfully recounted through a product line unique for its variety and originality, composed of objects that express the language and atmosphere of the period in which they were created, but at the same time, are absolutely contemporary, and bear many other values and messages. All this has made them an integral part of the domestic landscape. The products are multifunctional and cross-sectional, easy to use and with undeniable visual appeal.

Kollabora: Summer residency scholarship support

Kollabora is a social platform for DIYers, consisting of a craft supply marketplace and multiple maker communities linking projects, supplies, and how-tos. Kollabora soft-launched sewing, knitting, and jewelry making communities with fashion-forward projects and will roll out more like home decoration, woodworking, and metal smithing. Kollabora comes from collaboro—the Latin word for working together: Users and the editorial team are inspiring and teaching each other how to make things, believing that we are what we make, and that people should have the choice between buying or making something.

The Future Project: Summer residency scholarship support

The Future Project is a new national education initiative founded by recent college graduates who saw that there is enormous energy among a generation to powerfully and creatively serve schools. They harness this energy by pairing volunteer Future Coaches with high school students and challenging them to build projects that further their dreams and passions, transform their schools, and fulfill bold visions for self, school, and society.

 

Collaborative Fund: Summer residency scholarship support

Collaborative Fund invests in creative entrepreneurs changing the world through design and technology. Our core values include creativity, transparency, responsibility, and accountability to one another—these values are changing the ways employers work with employees; businesses work with customers; and individuals work with one another.