Power Trip 055: Meet Patrick Healy, Tortuga’s Industrial Designer

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Several months ago, in search for an industrial designer, Fred and Jeremy put this ad out on the internet: “Where have all the good designers gone and where are all the gods? Where’s the streetwise artist to fight the rising odds? Isn’t there a white knight upon a fiery steed? Late at night I toss and I turn and I dream of what I need…”

Okay, you caught us, that’s a Bonnie Tyler song. She really said it best, though. The bottom line: we were wanting to improve our products and we needed a professional. We didn’t want just anyone… we were holding out for a hero.

Enter, Patrick Healy, Tortuga’s very first in-house industrial designer: roguish, devil-may-care, rough around the edges but with stars in his eyes. Tune in for a glimpse of his story, how he joined Tortuga, his transition from being self-employed, and some tips for those interested in becoming industrial designers as well.

In This Episode

  • 00:35 Meet Patrick
  • 02:00 Dealing with digital distractions
  • 05:18 Patrick’s average Tortuga workday
  • 13:16 How Patrick joined Tortuga
  • 21:45 Fears/concerns about joining Tortuga
  • 26:50 Hopes for working with Tortuga
  • 31:33 Advice for aspiring industrial designers
  • 40:35 Design process/design philosophy
  • 54:53 Tortuga V3!
  • 58:00 Word to the Wise

People On This Episode

Word to the Wise

  • Jeremy: 27″ 5K iMac – An amazing desktop computer that really delivers the most bang for your buck, and with image quality that’s so good, you won’t want to look at anything else.
  • Patrick: Minimalism! Invest in a few quality things and get rid of the rest.

Feedback and Questions

If you have any feedback about the show or questions for us to answer on the air, email: podcast at tortuga backpacks dotcom.

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  • Gordon

    So the episode index is delineated with a time counting up format. The podcast interface uses a time counting down format. Don’t make us do the maths to find the reference points please. Life it already too complicate, Thanks.:-)

  • Gordon

    So the episode index is delineated with a time counting up format. The podcast interface uses a time counting down format. Don’t make us do the maths to find the reference points please. Life it already too complicate, Thanks.:-)