September 25th: Axis & Allies: Design Thinking in World War II

The Axis and Allies had vastly different approaches to design during the second World War. The German war machine operated with equipment built around such values as precision, technical accuracy, and complex innovation. By contrast, Allied equipment was often simpler, more durable, and "scrappier."

The trade-offs are fascinating: Durability vs. accuracy. Reliability vs. uniqueness. Speed of delivery vs. quality control. Usability vs. power. There is much a modern-day designer (in any field) can learn from armies of the past and the industries and cultures behind them.

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  • Susan S

    Interesting how he parallels machine design for WWII with design considerations we have today.

    November 29, 2012

  • Lorie W.

    It was great! It was like an episode on the History channel--engaging and intelligent!

    October 4, 2012

  • Brian S.

    Loved the presentation and conversation with Ben Judy. It was a great preso.

    October 4, 2012

  • Justin V.

    It was really interesting seeing all of the innovations that took place during World War II. Since I missed this talk during the Big Design Conference, the material was all new to me. But it was especially interesting given my knowledge of the history of this time. I really enjoyed it, and I am really looking forward to Ben's next talk on James Bond

    October 4, 2012

  • Ben J.

    A great evening with a great bunch of smart folks.

    September 29, 2012

  • Priscilla

    Engaging and very informative presentation. Thank you for taking the time to share, Ben!

    September 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I wasn't able to make it this month--looks like I missed a good one!

    September 26, 2012

  • Michael L.

    Terrific!

    September 26, 2012

  • Michael L.

    Awesome presentation, very unique perspective. Thanks for sharing!

    1 · September 26, 2012

  • Robert L.

    Great presentation, Ben. Thank you for sharing.

    1 · September 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought tonight's group was fantastic. The presentation by Ben Judy was off the charts incredible. Thanks Ben for such an amazing night of information and storytelling.

    1 · September 25, 2012

  • Roger B.

    Awesome presentation.

    September 25, 2012

  • Lara B.

    Sorry Ben! I had to work late! I hope everyone had a great time.

    September 25, 2012

  • Ben J.

    Tonight's the night! Eager to see familiar friends and make many new friends as we learn together from history.

    September 25, 2012

  • Ben J.

    Really looking forward to presenting this material again! Such great discussions after I delivered it at Big (D) Conference earlier this year. Can't wait to see you all there!

    August 31, 2012

    • Brian S.

      Are you going add anything new based upon those discussions after the conference? You know, this talk was a sleeper hit at the conference!

      August 31, 2012

    • Ben J.

      Just maybe... ;)

      September 3, 2012

  • Maureen W.

    What day in September?

    August 27, 2012

    • Brian S.

      September 25th. I just announced it. I had to confrima few things.

      August 27, 2012

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