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10 Questions With Kevin Shinn

15 November 2016

At the Eastman Innovation Lab we look to our fellow design and materials experts for inspiration, community, and expertise. In order to get to know them and their projects better, we created a column called Ten Questions With...

Kevin Shin is the Vice President of Altair. Shin has build a prestigious background in Industrial Design from working at companies such as Fisher- Price, Rubbermaid Home Products, IDSA, and Dow Corning. His completed experience not only makes him a reference to the design community, but noted by colleagues to be “an expert strategist and visionary in the field.”

What is your company known for?

Altair Thinklabs is known for engineering services such as, engineering software, design software, and industrial design.

What is the next project or product that you would be most excited to explore?

Probably a medical device. We’re starting to make entry into prosthetics, and I would really like to become more involved in medical devices.

What are themes that you find yourself addressing over and over again?

3D printing is a theme that keeps coming up, as we are seeing many needs for it, but the materials are not there yet, and it’s still expensive.

How do materials matter to you?

Materials are the pallet of an industrial designer, so without those we can’t design. We are always looking for the next technology and next material, trying to find what we can do with it and where we can take it.

Who is doing work that you find inspiring?

I think Nest is a company doing work I find inspiring. Also, the car companies with automated and autonomous vehicles.

What advice would you have given yourself 10 years ago?

Pay attention to the little things, give more time, and take more time.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced? And how did you deal with it?

The stage. We were working with less parts and materials, but the design came through to make it happen.

What’s something you want to be better at?

I want to get better at relaxing and time management.

What’s your go to reference book?



Coffee or tea?


Droid or OS?


Kindle or Book?


Sketch or Build?


What are you reading right now?

Oh boy! I am reading 5 or 6 books right now. Mainly, The Monday Morning Mentor and one on materials.