tmbr. Entrepreneur Helps Detroit Students Learn About Product Design

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During the first semester, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies high school students worked with tmbr. entrepreneur Jon Spooner to design potential new products for his company, which crafts and sells cellphone covers, sunglasses and watches, all incorporating wood elements. Spooner provided perspective not only on tmbr.’s distinctive product lines, but also about challenges associated with sourcing renewable, cost-effective materials and unique considerations when using wood in product design. Through HFA: SCS’s unique partnership with the College for Creative Studies and its location in CCS’ Taubman Center for Design Education building in Detroit, students learned directly from product design faculty and utilized the CCS Materials Lab to create their final design. A bike, cuff-shaped watch and pocket watch/compass were among the winning designs reflecting student growth in empathy mindsets, creative thinking and problem solving, and art and design skills through this community-supported learning experience.

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