Celebrating a Decade of Unrelenting Dedication to Great Product Design
In 2008, we opened our doors with the goal of building a full-service design and engineering company. With some ups and downs, we have become the company our founders envisioned and are now celebrating our first #DecadeofDesign.
IPS’ celebration interviews showcase personal, fun and thoughtful stories from some of IPS’ longest tenured employees. The series gives an inside look from the people that represent the values and dedication that have served as a cornerstone our first decade.
Questions: Celebration Series Paul Severino
- What is your name?
- What is your position at IPS?
- How long have you worked at IPS?
- What was your first contact with IPS?
Gave birth to it
- What was the product design field like when you first got started working with IPS?
Haven’t seen that the field itself has changed all that much over time, other than the continued evolution of the tools available to design and engineer product. Advances in rapid prototyping technology compared to what they were in the 90’s are astonishing. The difference from the IPS perspective compared to back when we started is the increased level of diversity in project types and sizes.
- What were some of the main challenges for you over the time you’ve worked at IPS?
The 2009 financial crisis created a big problem for us. Zebra (then Motorola) was cut in half for a six-month period, but then recovered immediately. Not sure we would have survived without that Motorola recovery.
- Looking back, what changes in the industry and IPS have you seen over those years?
There always seem to be a hot trend or two in play, i.e. vaping, wearable fitness/health bands, etc. Just today I saw that we have yet another lead for a smart shoe insole. The change/challenge that has been ongoing is the constant downward pressure on the rates as the tools enabling collaboration with remote talent in lower cost countries have become mainstream. The bill rates we get now are the same (at best) as we were getting 12 years ago while at Kaleidoscope. On the other hand, the cost of retaining talent has continued to rise.
- From your perspective, what would you say are IPS’ greatest accomplishments over the years?
There have been tons of design and engineering accomplishments, but I’m most proud of the work environment that the whole staff has been able to create and maintain.
9. Please share one memory of a funny situation/scenario that you’ve encountered, thanks to IPS, over the last 10 years.
Mitch once had a pile of grilled onions squeeze out from under his hamburger and fall directly into his shirt pocket when bit into the burger…but that was pre-IPS so I guess that doesn’t count 😊. People are making me laugh all of the time around here, it’s hard for me to pinpoint specific incidents.
- Describe what IPS means to you, on a personal level, in 15 words or less.
A group of people of whom I am extremely proud and honored to be a part of.