two parasailers are flying over the ocean

Last weekend was product development manager Julian Groeli’s birthday! To celebrate, he headed out to Torrey Pines Gliderport for a paragliding adventure. It was a gorgeous San Diego day–click below to see some photos of his birthday flight!


a group of people sitting in chairs in a room

DD Innovation Camp is a program that we created 6 years ago to educate engineering students on the importance of incorporating human factors and usability into their work. We encourage design thinking and challenge the students to engineer great solutions with the user experience in mind.

In our most recent DD Innovation Camp, we hosted 80 students from the UC Irvine Henry Samueli School of Engineering for project presentations. The students from UCI are working on real world projects given to them by alumni that are now working for large corporations and research labs, and have been getting guidance throughout the year from those mentors as well as our own Bill Leach.

Our panel of experts comprised of DDSTUDIO leadership and industry experts gave invaluable critiques of each project, encouraging the students to achieve further innovation through looking at the overall experience. The students were then given the opportunity to mingle with our experts over pizza (LOTS of pizza).

Click below to see some photos!

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Designer Matt Kranz has a new toy: generative coding software. It is used to translate controlled, scripted actions into often randomized and organic repeating elements; resulting in some very interesting imagery. “It’s pretty cool to explore the realm of free form generated by tight mathematical commands,” says Matt, “these were based, and slightly modified codes originally written by Matt Pearson. Fun with numbers!” Check out some of Matt’s creations below.