Spring, 2011 – Mass Made
Re-inventing manufacturing in Massachusetts

Data-driven analysis and case studies by industry leaders demonstrated the people, places, and things that are reinventing manufacturing in Massachusetts. Manufacturing and design feed each other; this symbiosis not only brings revenue and innovation, but it also fills employment gaps in the long term with a skilled, creative, and problem-solving workforce. Framed economically by experts from state government and the John Adams Institute, leaders from Gillette, Artaic, Nypro, Litecontrol, John Matouk, and Taza shared their transformational strategies for applying design in ways unique to each of the businesses. The event was held at Gillette headquarters in South Boston. Sponsored by The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Gillette, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Parntership, Reebok, Design Museum Boston and MassEcon. 

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Fall, 2010 – Design Means Business

Back to the drawing board, not the board room. Now, more than ever, companies are seeking ways to rethink, restructure, and relaunch. In Massachusetts, some companies are catapulting miles ahead of the competition with game-changing products and services. How? Design.‘Design Means Business’ was a day-long gathering of celebrated business leaders sharing compelling stories and inside data on how design has strengthened their companies. CEO-level speakers ranging from ZipCar to Reebok, and Genzyme to Sonos explained, in detail, how design increases market share, profits, and productivity, in small and large-scale programs. Held at Reebok Headquarters in Canton, MA, Design Means Business was moderated by national media figures from Fast Company, the Boston Globe and Harvard Business Review, and the day included in-depth case studies and panel discussions. Sponsored by Reebok, Fast Company, Masschusetts Technology Collaborative, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and The Boston Foundation.
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Spring, 2010 – Boston Home –
Boston Home features The Hot 50: Next Generation of Design Stars Who Are Shaping the City

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November, 2009 –
Design in Massachusetts is a powerful catalyst for innovation

There is an opportunity here to make Massachusetts a global design capital, similar to its recognition as a world leader in life sciences and technology. That was the opinion of one of the ninety people who met at Microsoft's New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge to explore the relationship between design innovation and economic competitiveness. The John Adams Innovation Institute of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative profiled the event in an e-blast story sent to business and economic development leaders throughout the Commonwealth.
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August 20, 2009 –
Boston Preservation Alliance Newsletter Summer 2009, Volume 25, Number 2

Boston Preservation Alliance interviews DIGMA on the relationship between Boston’s historic built environment and its creative economy.

August 20, 2009 –
Industrial Strength

DIGMA Director joins a roundtable discussion on the economics of creativity in a special Architecture/Boston issue devoted to the creative economy. Check out DIGMA’s ad on page 14!

June 11, 2009 –
DIGMA Aims to Boost Bay State's Design Economy

Design isn't just about deciding which shade of taupe to paint City Hall or whether to make a water bottle square or round. It can mean the difference between comprehension (think iPhone) and confusion (think butterfly ballot).

June 11, 2009 –
DIGMA aims to help grow state's design economy

The Design Industry Group of Massachusetts, or DIGMA, has announced its launch with the help of a $150,000 grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's John Adams Innovation Institute.

June 10, 2009 –
DIGMA launches to promote Bay State design industry

The John Adams Innovation Institute has given $150,000 to create a design industry organization called the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts.

June 10, 2009 – DIGMA press release
Massachusetts Design and Business Leaders Launch Statewide Design Industry Group

Today, design, business and government leaders celebrated the official launch of the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts (DIGMA,) by announcing a $150,000 grant from the MTC's John Adams Innovation Institute, a high level Leadership Committee and plans for the first Massachusetts Design Festival.

June 5, 2009 –
State boosts design and 'digital' sectors

The formation of the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts (DIGMA) is the latest example of the state putting its efforts where the skills are.

June 2009 – Boston Magazine
My Agenda

DIGMA Director Beate Becker talks about what she does in her free time when she's not planning an industry launch.

April 24, 2009 – Press Release
DIGMA Thinks Swiss on Design and Innovation Study Tour

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) announced that Beate Becker, director of the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts (DIGMA) will be participating in a weeklong study-tour of design and innovation in Switzerland.
Follow the Think Swiss tour on Aaron Britt’s blog at Dwell Magazine

Spring 2009 – Folio Vol. 9 Spring 2009
The United State of Design: Mass College of Art and Design connects designers for economic good

As one of the leading design schools in the U.S., MassArt has a vested interest in ensuring that its students are learning relevant skills and that there will be work awaiting them upon graduation. Developing working relations with local design firms is the idea behind the College's Corporate Advisory Group, the Center for Art and Community Partnerships, Career Services and most recently, the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts (DIGMA).

May/June 2008 – Architecture Boston
Design and the Reinvented City: Turning a design community into a design industry

With Governor Deval Patrick's recognition of the creative economy as a source of economic innovation and growth, there is a new energy around design in Massachusetts. Members of DIGMA's Design Advisory Committee talk with Architecture Boston about what the design economy means for the future of the region.

July 25, 2008 – Boston Globe Letter to the Editor
Area's Architectural talent up to the task

Massachusetts is a national hub of architectural talent. Why not make use of this resource to improve the design of our public schools?

June 9, 2008 – Press Release
Design Industry Roundtable Kicks Off State's Creative Economy Month

Design companies meet with the Massachusetts Undersecretary of Business Development and the newly appointed Creative Economy Industry Director to discuss issues and opportunities facing the design industry. The meeting is a first for both designers and the Commonwealth and marks the growing recognition of design as a key player in the state's economic development agenda.

June 15, 2008 – Boston Globe editorial
Creative Ways to Produce Jobs

Massachusetts Governor hires industry director to promote and expand the economic potential of artistry.

October 9, 2007 – Boston Globe editorial
Massachusetts, by Design

Design is an economic sector that doesn't act like one. With an influence on everything from consumer products to technological innovation to attracting skilled young people, the time is right for the state to promote our competitive advantage with strategic investments in the design industry.

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