Devin Sidell

Head Of Design, Kapsul
Philadelphia, PA, USA

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  • "My 12 year journey as an Industrial Designer has been an incredible yet difficult experience.  I honestly never thought I'd be where I am now simply because in Philadelphia, Industrial Design jobs were almost non-existent.  We were told we'd all get jobs after graduation, probably in CA, NYC or Chicago.  What they didn't tell us was that it was going to be one of the hardest things you could imagine doing and there were no guarantees.  Most of my class went on to do other things, some moved away and a small few pushed forward despite the lack of experience in the professional world.  I interned for free as a welder for a local artist my Junior year for 6 months.  Then I detailed cars my Senior year.  I also worked in the wood shop for 2 years as a Manager.  But obviously none of these things were the ID I was told I'd be involved in after graduation.  My Professors showed videos of the work cultures and projects coming out famous companies like IDEO, Frog, Apple and OXO during my senior year as a way to motivate me.  It was actually more demotivating than anything.  I say this because the when I graduated and had my portfolio custom designed, printed and mailed out to dozens of firms and studios, there was radio silence.  I didn't get it.  Where was this job I was promised?  It took 3 months of this to make me realize that I had to be more proactive.  I became a Salesman.  Not for Insurance but for ME.  I ended up with my very first "ID job" in '07 at a local company that I never even heard of despite their 100 year history in the area.  I say "ID job" because it was actually just a model-maker position that had the potential of turning into a "real" ID job, aka actually designing things and not working on existing designers projects.  The culture of the company was also horrendous.  Yet despite the circus-like work environment and even a death-threat I knew though that if I pushed hard enough and became the best model-maker out there maybe upper management would notice my skills and give me that job I had asked for 5 years earlier.  It worked!  I got the opportunity to prove myself only one time with my very own project and I guess the rest is history.  The moral is no matter how hard it may seem, you simply cannot give up.  If design is your true passion then why would you let anyone or anything stop you?  I always believed that no one actually gave me a job, I created it for myself.  In the early days I "pretended."  I hired myself to do what I love.  I never stopped designing.  That kept me motivated to always continue my passion no matter what and it still does.         "
    on: 3 Tips To Stay Motivated When Looking For a Design Job
  • ""When I grow up and get married I'm living alone!""
    on: Ford (Yes, the Car Company) Invents a Conveyor-Belt-Based Bed for Couples
  • "I found this article that explains everything! shortsleeveandtieclub.com/breaking-down-the-design-lego-perfecting-the-plastic-brick/ "
    on: How Lego Bricks are Made
  • "I never was able to figure out if there was any draft on the outside of the brick, including the pegs.  Apparently, they're pretty secretive about how the mold is designed exactly.  Does anyone have any more info on this? "
    on: How Lego Bricks are Made
  • "Thanks so much Core77!"
    on: Core77's Ultimate Gift Guide for Designers: Week 3 Winners
  • "And for people who's boss's still makes them come in during a snowstorm:http://trackngo.com/"
    on: Beyond Snow Tires: Nissan's AWD Altima-te Features Tank Treads
  • ""This perfectly sums up why graphic design will always be easier than industrial design."  Words of wisdom right there."
    on: World's Laziest Graphic Designer Creates Perfect Poster
  • "Looked amazing. Come to Philly! "
    on: Here's What Went Down at Sketch Jam 2017
  • "I think the same thing goes for keyboards nowadays.  Just look at Lofree, Qwerkywriter, iTypewriter.  Lofree has the nicest design but the other two are moronic.1"
    on: Beyond Retro Design: People Want New Things That are Old, or Old Things That are New
  • "The design is awful :( "
    on: Amazon Reveals New Category of Lifestyle Device: The Echo Show
  • "If you watch the bacon at the slicer, it looks like a live cross-section animation from a CT scan. "
    on: High-Speed German Industrial Bacon Slicing Machine
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