Design Jam 001, April 2014

Design Jam 001, April 2014

DesignHouse, Inc. brings together the design community to grow local manufacturing. We host design jams, involve students in our post-jam product development process, and breathe new life into old industries. This reversal of the typical design process might be thought of as farm-to-table for design & manufacturing: we start with local capabilities and design new products around them, much like a chef might design a meal around locally grown, in-season produce.

Our process begins with site visits to manufacturing facilities. We capture the experience in video so we can share it as inspiration during our design jams—high energy, pro-bono work sessions in which Chicago designers come together to develop new consumer goods which can be made locally. Designers get the experience of working together to benefit local industry. Local manufacturers get the opportunity to diversify their revenue stream by producing new products.  

Together we can help revitalize U.S. manufacturing through design. Join us!

DesignHouse, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization. Our 501(c)(3) status is pending.  


Success is jobs. Success is new runs for existing machines. Success is products made locally. Success is innovation by bringing design & manufacturing closer together.

Curious to learn more? Contact us at [email protected].