IIU – Invented In Utah 2009



Now in it’s second year, Utah’s most successful invention competition has opened again for submissions. Sponsor donations are already twice what they were last year and additional features have been added to the event to give more value to all that submit their ideas. The deadline for submission is slated for February 28, 2009.

goLITE BLU wins CES award



The CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards program recognizes the most innovative consumer electronics (CE) products in the industry’s hottest product categories. Innovations has become a hallmark for the best designed products in consumer technology. The honorees are announced online in the fall and are also featured in a special display during the show.

Rocketship completed the industrial design and product development for Philips’ goLITE BLU, a portable therapy light for enhancing mood and overcoming sleep problems.

Product Design Featured on House


That NOMAD Pro is at it again! This time the Aribex product shows up in episode 5-7 (The Itch) of House.  You can see it about 10 minutes into the episode.
Check out the NOMAD Pro at: www.aribex.com

Beth Robertson has Talent…


We are pleased to announce that Beth Robertson has joined Rocketship, Inc., bringing the total staff count to 12 now.  Beth will be handling the company promotional and presentation materials.

Product design featured on CSI:NY



The NOMAD Pro is back for season 5 of CSI:NY. You can catch it on episode 5-4 (Sex, Lies and Silicone) on October 22 and again on episode 5-5 (The Cost of Living) on October 29.  Both are show about half-way through the show.

Great product placement – now if we can get them to weave in a plug for Rocketship and Industrial Design!

Invented in Utah 2008 a great success



Each year Rocketship reviews hundreds of invention ideas. It is what we do and we are happy to provide a free consultation to the many Utah inventors. Rocketship felt there was more to do.
To assist Utah’s inventors Rocketship founded and organized Invented in Utah. The annually event was created to recognize those ideas that had the most merit and provide inventor’s with networking and start-up resources.

Rocketship Hires New Creative Director


John Omdahl joins Rocketship as Creative Director.  Prior to joining Rocketship, John was a senior designer for TXS Industrial Design, a Texas based design firm.  During his design journey he has worked extensively in the medical, aircraft interiors and aircraft seating, telecom, consumer product and stage lighting industries.

Cricut Create Launches



Newly launched in Michael’s crafts stores. The original Cricut (also designed by Rocketship) launched just 2 years ago and has already sold over 1.5 million units. This new version has an updated style that improves its aesthetics while preserving its family identity. Dubbed “Cricut Create”, this new version includes many new time saving and creativity enhancing features.

OR Summer Exhibitor



Rocketship Inc.  to exhibit at Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City. We have exhibited 3 times in the past during the winter show. But this is our first foray into the Summer market. And our first time in the main hall to boot. Rocketship has been responsible for the industrial design and product development for several exhibitors at the show, including Nalgene, Jetboil, Jansport, Aquamira and Buck Knives to name a few.

Hope to see you there!

Top 25 under 5 in Utah (2008)



The Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) yesterday announced winners of its 2008 “Top 25 Under Five” Awards.  UVEF spotlights outstanding Utah entrepreneurs from across the state. Award recipients were recognized Thursday at ceremonies held at Noah’s in Lindon. The event was sponsored by InnoVentures Capital Partners, Silicon Slopes and Omniture.

Janna Budge featured at Design Arts 2008



At Rocketship, we have the unique opportunity of working closely with the BYU’s Industrial Design program, meeting with and mentoring many of the students there. Since 2005, we have continued to provide internships to some of the best in their class. This year, Janna Budge’s design for an electric assist wheelchair was selected for exhibition at Design Arts Utah.  Great work Janna!

Industrial Design featured at Design Arts 2008



The Utah Arts Council Design Arts Program continues its annual celebration and exhibition of Utah’s most innovative designers with the sixth annual Design Arts Utah exhibition. Award winning designer and Creative Director of Design Within Reach, Jennifer Morla reviewed ninety-seven projects from Utah based designers in a variety of categories.

Rocketship’ entry of a hip quiver design for Easton Technical Products was selected to be exhibited in the Product Design category. We are honored to be selected and would like to thanks the Academy, fellow designers, and everyone else that made this possible :o )

People’s Choice award


Since we hosted this year’s event, and Rocketship’s director, Michael Horito, is the chapter’s vice chair, we exempted ourselves from the juried entries. But we did have a few things on display. We were excited to find out that our design for the JetBoil products was given the People’s Choice award. This award was voted on by secret ballot by the 200+ attendees of the opening night. And no, we didn’t vote for ourselves.

Hosting the Rocky Mountain Designers Exhibit 2008



The Rocky Mountain chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA & IDSArm)) held its annual design exhibition this month at Gallery One Ten. Each year the chapter highlights the work of industrial designers in the Rocky Mountain region. Industrial Design and Product Development has been growing rapidly in the intermountain area and IDSArm has been at the forefront of assisting and promoting our profession here.
Rocketship was honored to host the event which included an open house at our studio as well. Among the 200+ attendees were the chapter officers from Denver: David Klein, chapter chair, and Mike Baranello, treasurer. It was great to see so many familiar faces from the local design community, as well a many new ones.

Studio Remodel



Being a frugal lot, as new people joined our staff, we outfitted them with the best we could find on sale at local office supply stores. But hey – we are a design firm! SO naturally we wanted to design a build our own cool furniture and create a space that feels creative.
We have finally done it.  No more 40 year old orange linoleum floors.  No more beige walls and fluorescent lighting. We now have new custom designed desks, hardwood flooring, colorful surroundings and shelf space – lots of shelf space.
You need to come by and see the difference. If you haven’t been to our studio before, you definitely have to stop by for a visit.

OR Winter Exhibitor



For the third time, Rocketship displayed it’s product design and development services at the semi-annual Outdoor Retailer Winter Show.  The show highlights the leaders in the outdoor recreation industry.

Just for fun, the staff decided to build a 10 foot tall rocket in the booth, using cardboard, duct tape and tinfoil.  The rocket drew some crowds and ended up being featured in the the OR Daily magazine. What do you expect from a bunch of designers sitting around in a booth all day!