Conference

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market - A Recap in Photos

Last week, we got to spend some time in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah checking out Outdoor Retailer’s Summer Market. It’s always exciting to see what new ideas and trends are taking shape in the outdoor industry, and this year’s event was no different!

If you didn’t have a chance to make it out to this year’s show, or you just want to reminisce because you already miss the SLC, check out some of our favorite moments, products, and displays below!

Hemmer Design and the Love Summit 2017

Hemmer Design is both honored and excited to have been asked to present at this year's Love Summit, which will be taking place here in Cincinnati on October 12th and 13th. The Love Summit focuses on the intersection of smart business and compassionate leadership. 

Along with speaking at the event and leading a workshop, Hemmer Design Founder, Jessica Hemmer, was asked to contribute to the Love Summit Huffington Post blog. Well, our first blog made it up on the site earlier this week, and we couldn’t be happier to share it with you! To read the whole blog, click here.

To learn more about The Love Summit, click here.

The Struktur Event 2017--Focusing on the Future

Spring is certainly in the air! The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and creatives from all different parts of the active, outdoor, and urban design industries are gearing up to head out to Portland for the 4th annual Struktur Event!

Co-Founders of the Struktur Event: Michelle Rose and Sam Ward

Struktur is a creative conference held each spring in Portland, OR (this year’s event will be held on April 25th-27th). Founded four years ago by the creative duo of Michelle Rose and Sam Ward, Struktur has always sought out to create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere where designers and industry professionals can gather to share ideas, build relationships, and tackle the important topics of today, tomorrow, and beyond.

Year over year, Michelle and Sam have done an amazing job landing some of the most interesting speakers in the industry, and this year’s event is no different. Keynote speakers like Amy Ross (Lead engineer at NASA on the Mars spacesuit), Michael DiTullo (Chief Design Officer at Sound United), and Jan Chipchase (Futurist at Studio D Radiodurans) not only pack serious credentials or promise attention-grabbing presentations, but also define the theme of this year’s event: Inflection Points.

Amy Ross: Lead Engineer at NASA on the Mars Spacesuit

Futurists describe inflection points as moments when the range of possible futures suddenly shifts. These shifts in the range of possible futures are especially important to designers who have to prepare themselves for success in our rapidly changing world. As technologies continue to advance active, outdoor, and urban design, industry professionals must work at the intersection of innovation and technology to create novel products for the future.

Struktur points out on their website that “against the backdrop of disruptions in climate, trade, and manufacturing, new practices of generative design, bio-materials, and automation are moving into focus. Sustainability and ‘Made in America’ stories are shifting from novelty to necessity. As technical and performance gear continue to merge into the mainstream, the active and outdoor industries are well positioned to be a major influencer in what we wear.”

This year’s event focuses on identifying these inflection points, sharing ideas about how to get ahead of the curve, and creating new relationships that will help lead to new design solutions.

So, if you’re looking for an event that’ll help you set yourself up for future success, make sure to check out Struktur Event 2017.

And, if you’re already planning on attending, make sure to find the Hemmer Design team and say hello! We’ll be curating a fun, interactive, experience project, and we’d love to see your smiling faces!

For more information about Struktur, check out their website here, or this more detailed preview from Trend Insight.