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Farewell, Tom

Tom Kubilius was our partner, coworker, friend and mentor. His creativity, positivity, passion and leadership made us better designers and better people. We celebrate and cherish our time together; we practice all that we learned from him and we keep him in our hearts and minds always.

Tom passed away on April 30, 2018, after a three-year battle with cancer. The Pittsburgh Technology Council has started a GoFundMe page to help support the future needs of his four children. Please feel free to share this link to others who may wish to contribute.

Fundraiser In Memory of Tom Kubilius

Lessons for Innovation from 25 Years at the Coal Face… a Fireside Chat

For a couple of years now, Bally Design's technology & innovation strategist, Dr. Peter Allen, has been asked to speak at a seminar for the ETIM program at Carnegie Mellon University. In October, he was preparing to give a seminar on project leadership when he was sent some questions by the students in advance. When he saw the questions, he decided that the seminar would focus on having an open conversation around the points that they raised. You can read his thoughts here.

Photo by Phil Coffman on Unsplash

Photo by Phil Coffman on Unsplash

Achieving Adjacency-Led Growth

Many executive teams are looking for growth beyond their core business. Leveraging existing capabilities in new ways, introducing existing technologies into new markets or using current strengths in other creative ways can generate new business. Are you making the most of your opportunities to grow? Download the latest article from Dr. Peter Allen, Bally Design's technology & innovation strategist.

Peter has spent the last 15 years integrating strategic thinking with established technology management tools, developing approaches to help clients create growth roadmaps enabled by new technology. Working with Bally Design, he has extended these approaches using Design Thinking to create useful tools for clients to articulate growth opportunities from adjacencies, building them into well-formed business opportunities illustrated by well-described product or service propositions.

Designing the Customer Experience


Randy Rossi, president of Bally Design, interviewed by Sequent Learning on the topic of user experience design. Read the full story here. Sequent Learning Networks is a learning and advisory company specializing in the areas of product management, strategy, and marketing.

Bally Design brings home a silver International Design Excellence Award

Congratulations to MSA and our Bally Design team for winning silver in one of the world’s most prestigious and rigorous design competitions—the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). The MSA G1 SCBA, designed for first responders, was given the award during the IDSA (Industrial Designer Society of America) International Conference held in Seattle.

Bally Design wins two DesignPlus awards

The OXO GoodGrips Simple Mandoline and Pop Cereal Dispenser both win awards at the 2015 Ambiente consumer goods trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, and will be on display in a special exhibit at the event.

MSA Safety's Fas-Trac® III Suspension was awarded Occupational Health & Safety magazine's 2014 New Product of the Year award in the Head Protection division. Bally Design teamed with MSA to update its ratchet suspension system for industrial hard hats.

Bally Design adds two designers to growing team

Bally Design is pleased to announce the hiring of Jenna Effler and Tom Chavara as industrial designers.

Jenna, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial design in 2014 from the University of Cincinnati. She studied industrial design for a semester at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. Her previous work includes design co-ops at Munchkin (Los Angeles), Fossil (Dallas), Rock-Tenn (Cincinnati) and an internship at Design Impact.

Tom, a native of Sharon, Pa., earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in 2014 from the Rochester Institute of Technology. His previous work includes stints at BZ Design, Xerox, Product Ventures and Sun Products. Tom is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).

“Tom and Jenna are talented designers, each bringing new, unique and different perspectives to our work,” said Design Director Dino Mariano. “We believe that their diversity and ability to work collaboratively is critical for a creative firm like ours to deliver great results. Their work experience translates well to our clients. They have already begun to make immediate impact on a number of ongoing efforts, and we are anxious
to get them started on some of the new projects in our consumer products portfolio.”

Randy Rossi, president of Bally Design, contributes to new Haines' book

Bally Design President Randy Rossi provides a case study in the latest edition of author Steven Haines’ “The Product Manager's Desk Reference” as part of the module on “Building Insights and Driving Strategies by Making the Market Your Primary Focus.”

The case centers on a design team, which through hours of observational research and interviews, were lead to an “aha” moment in the development of a surgical sponge counter system that improves patient safety and operational efficiency. Order the book at Amazon:

Rossi to be guest speaker at leadership summit

Bally Design President Randy Rossi will be a guest speaker at the 2014 Product Management Leadership Summit on Oct. 9 in New York City. Randy will discuss "Design Thinking Skills for Product Managers" as part of the Practical Applications Interactive Sessions. For Summit details:

Actor/Comedian Denis Leary donates MSA Thermal Imaging Cameras

Actor Denis Leary presents the Detroit Fire Department with new equipment from his "Burn" documentary proceeds. The equipment included several of MSA's handheld Thermal Imaging Cameras — designed by Bally Design.