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Product Intimacy: Building Closer Relationships Between Products, Tech & People

Please join us for a conversation with the VP of Corporate Design at Plantronics, Darrin Caddes about Product Intimacy.

Darrin Caddes spent more than 20 years designing products for some of the world's most prestigious automotive and motorcycle brands, including BMW, Fiat and Indian Motorcycle. That background would seem an odd fit for Plantronics, but in actuality, it informs the very unique and visceral design philosophy that Darrin brings to the company each day.

As vice president of Corporate Design, Caddes has assembled a world-class team of industrial design (ID) professionals from leading design companies, such as Herman Miller, Motorola, Nike, and Nokia. That team works to ensure that Plantronics products effectively marry the intricacies of superior sound technology, for which the company has been known for more than 40 years, with the intimacy of personal fashion and comfort – and do so in a very small and elegant package.

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  • Gary I.

    This was my first meeting. I was very impressed with Darrin's philosophy of loving what you do. As an artist I have no choice other than to love what I do. I would love to be a part of his team.

    1 · January 24, 2013

    • Gary I.

      Thanks for your input Andrew. It was good to meet you. Now I think I'm hooked on Tech Raising for good. See you at the next meeting.

      January 29, 2013

  • James

    Thank you for an emotional and exemplary commentary on design. As a developer/engineer I entirely focus on function and admire managers and executives who defer to designers as I have watched CEO’s focus an inordinate amount of time on how a button should look and be totally unconcerned with a product’s function, like hmmm raises questions.

    1 · January 25, 2013

  • Ted C.

    Thank you TechRaisers and Darren & Greg from Plantronics for this presentation. It was inspiring and emotion-provoking to get a glimpse of a leading product design organization, process, and culture. What an artistic presentation!

    1 · January 25, 2013

  • Tom

    Great presentation! Thanks for sharing the Love!

    1 · January 25, 2013

  • Jim H.

    Is there a cost at the door? Will there be any food?

    January 23, 2013

    • Andrew M.

      Yes Plantronics Developer Connection will be generously sponsoring food and beverages for this Meetup and that allows us to bring you this meetup free of charge.

      January 23, 2013

    • Jim H.

      Andrew, Thanks for the answers. See you there.

      January 24, 2013

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