RKS is an innovation consulting firm delivering human-focused solutions with global impact. Founded in 1980, RKS utilizes design as a strategic tool advancing clients' ability to focus on people's needs and aspirations while creating sustainable business results and benefits to society. Working domestically and globally and having won over 150 major design awards, RKS credits Maslow and Campbell's work as the foundation for its systematic and pragmatic set of frameworks, setting the stage for the creation of experiences that motivate and reward audiences.
Category Industrial Design Companies
Phone (805) 370-1200
350 Conejo Ridge Avenue
Thousand Oaks, California 91361
One of the best product design firms and innovation studios in the world. Their work is exception. We worked with them to design a new medical device and were blow away by their professionalism and creativity.
Rks is one of the best product design firms and industrial design firms in the world. I’ve admired their work for years. I finally had a chance to work with them. True innovation and attention to detail! Thank you for making the word a better designed place!
RKS is a fantastic industrial design firm and innovation consultancy. They have designed and been involved with some of the most well-known products in the world including the McIntosh, Teddy Ruxbin, and more.
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RKS Rebrands Child Safety Network for its 30th Anniversary
RKS recently partnered with Child Safety Network (CSN) to revamp the nonprofit's brand identity and mission statement in honor of its 30th anniversary.
RKS Sessions Featuring Sonos
RKS recently hosted a captivating Spring RKS Session featuring guest speakers, Sonos Vice President of Design, Tad Toulis, and Senior UX Designer, Chris Bierbower.
Start-Up Kids: Encouraging Entrepreneurship from a Young Age
RKS led a workshop at Westlake Elementary School as a part of the Start-Up Kids enrichment program encouraging students to develop entrepreneurial mindsets. Cal Lutheran University Dean and long time RKS friend, Dr. Gerhard Apfelthaler, initiated this program fulfilling its mission that it is never too…
RKS Psycho-Aesthetic Workshops
This year RKS hosted three collaborative workshops for some of the top design programs and universities in California.
RKS Hires Mike Elam as Director of Product Development
RKS has added Mike Elam to its roaster as Director of Product Development. This position encompasses innovation, interaction, design, design for manufacturing and prototyping in conjunction with external resources and vendors and the in house team of RKS.
RKS Appoints New Chief Design and Innovation Officer
RKS has added Scott Clear to its roster. As the new Chief Design and Innovation Officer, Scott will contribute to the RKS team and its clients using his unique global background in architecture, transportation design, product design and business/design strategy.
Protect Your Innovation: Copyright, Patents and Trademarks
RKS is hosting its fourth "RKS Sessions" event at Cross Campus on October 7, 2014.
RKS Enhances the Mobile Gaming Experience with the Gamevice
RKS recently unveiled Gamevice, an attachable peripheral sporting a form-fitting design that easily latches onto the Apple iPad Mini.
RKS Unveils Starfish Guitar Stand
RKS has unveiled Starfish, a five legged guitar stand that provides high aesthetic appeal, complete durability and maximum protection.
The Transformation of an Idea into Mass Success
The next RKS Sessions, to be held at the Cross Campus on August 5, 2014, will host Craig Hickman the creator of Kid Pix.
FloWater: Reimagining the Water Cooler
24 billion 'single use' plastic water bottles, in the United States, pollute our landfills, rivers, lakes and oceans every year.
KOR ONE Chrome Hydration Vessel
To celebrate the firm's 5 years in business, KOR Water launched a special edition of their original product, the KOR ONE, designed by RKS.
RKS Wins Bronze in 2013 International Design Excellence Awards
RKS has won a Bronze 2013 International Design Excellence Award for Ion Proton Sequencer, an innovative device that brings down the cost and speed of decoding a human genome to $1,000 and few hours.
Wikipad: RKS Designs Tablet That Leads a Double Life
RKS has recently designed the Wikipad, the high-end tablet with a detachable gaming controller. The firm led the design effort for the product, interface, branding and packaging.
Ravi Sawhney to Co-chair DMI's Design Thinking Conference
Ravi Sawhney, founder and CEO of the innovation consulting firm RKS, will co-chair the DMI conference Designing the Next Economy.
7 Ways to Inject Playfulness into Your App Design
While developing the app concept Let's Get Away, the design team at RKS focused on features that would make vacation planning almost as exciting as the vacation itself.
Ravi Sawhney to Deliver Opening Keynote at Interaction 13
Ravi Sawhney, CEO and founder of the strategic design consultancy RKS, will deliver the opening keynote of the Interaction 13 conference organized by IxDA.
RKS Wins Three Spark Awards for Break-Through Design in Healthcare, Gaming and Audio
RKS has received three awards from the Spark competition: a Spark! for the revolutionary benchtop DNA sequencer Ion Proton, a bronze for the gaming tablet Wikipad and another bronze for the smart speakers Stagesource L3t.
cAir: RKS Redefines Air Travel for Families
cAir is a service design concept that eases the burden of air travel for families, making the journey more enjoyable for everyone.
Halo: Self-closing Guitar Wall Hanger
Designed by RKS for Fender Musical Instruments, Halo is an innovative gravity-driven self-closing guitar wall hanger that introduces a radical departure from competitors and features an iconic rounded configuration.
Designed in USA
The Designed in USA brand certification mark is a new identifier and brand enhancer for goods, services and environments designed in the United States.
Fender Gig Stand by RKS
With its small size, collapsible but durable construction, and weighing little more than the average lead cable, Fender Gig Stand is perhaps the decade's most refreshing innovation in guitar stand mobility.
KOR Water Aura
KOR Water and RKS Design unveiled their latest sustainable hydration solution, Aura, which combines the design attributes that have made the brand beloved by consumers with the company's most economical offering to date.
KOR Vida Hydration Vessel Designed by RKS
The Vida hydration vessel is a reusable water bottle produced in rugged stainless steel that delivers enhanced aesthetics and ergonomics to the category, helping transform the ritual of hydration into a daily moment of affordable luxury.
Kor Water Launches Delta
KOR Water once again teamed with strategic design partner RKS to develop the KOR Delta Hydration Vessel.
RKS Design Announces Two Key Hires
RKS announced that Sumner Lee has joined the world-recognized strategy, innovation, and design firm as Director of Business Development and John Kiehle has joined the firm as Manager of Marketing and Communications.
Hamilton-C2 ICU Ventilator Wins Medical Design Excellence Award
Cannon Communications has announced that leading medical equipment developer Hamilton Medical and RKS have been awarded a Medical Design Excellence Award for the HAMILTON-C2 ICU Ventilator.
Fusing Fashion and Design for Breakout Success
How do you stand out in a crowded consumer electronics category?
KOR ONE Special Edition: The Synergy of Strategy & Design
RKS announced the introduction of the KOR ONE Special Edition Collection of the Thirst for Giving program.
Seasons Cooktop Ventware: Seasons of Change
World-recognized strategy, innovation, and design firm RKS introduced an innovative cooking vent concept designed to bring breakthrough levels of customizability to kitchens everywhere.
RKS Wins Three 2009 Spark Awards
Spark has announced that three of the 2009 Spark Awards winners featured in a new exhibition at San Francisco's Autodesk Design Gallery were awarded to world-recognized strategy, innovation, and design consultancy RKS.
2009 Catalyst Case Study Selections Announced
The Industrial Designers Society of America and strategy, innovation, and design consultancy RKS announced the 2009 Catalyst case study selections - showcasing design's power to effect positive change.
Ravi Sawhney Inducted Into the IDSA Academy of Fellows
RKS announced that Ravi Sawhney, RKS founder and CEO, was inducted in the Industrial Designer's Society of America's Academy of Fellows at the opening ceremony of IDSA's Project Infusion in Miami.
IDSA Leader Chelsea Sutula Joins RKS
RKS announced the addition of Chelsea Sutula, former Director of the IDEA Awards at IDSA, to its new business team.
Thirst for Giving: A Strategy to Create Meaning
World-recognized strategy, innovation, and design consultancy RKS and Water Advocacy KOR Water teamed together again to create a strategy that empowers consumers to make a difference.
RKS and Neuma Present Amuen: Inspire and Be Inspired
World-recognized strategy, innovation, and design consultancy RKS, in collaboration with Neuma, announced the debut of Amuen.com, the new social network where creative souls can connect to celebrate, showcase, and inspire all kinds of creativity and art.
RKS and Neuma Usher in a New Age of Tattoo Artistry, Comfort, and Safety
World-recognized strategy, innovation, and design consultancy RKS announced the introduction of the Neuma Hybrid Tattoo Machine, as RKS helps Neuma revolutionize the tattoo industry and usher in a new age of artistry, comfort, and safety.
Laundry POD: RKS Inspires a New Way to See Green
World-recognized strategy, innovation, and design consultancy RKS announced that "Laundry POD" was awarded 4th place in Core77's Greener Gadgets Design Competition 2009.
Vestalife and RKS Announce Strategic Partnership as Vestalife Launches New Products
Vestalife, the award-winning lifestyle electronics company, and world-recognized strategy and industrial design consultancy RKS announced a new strategic partnership as Vestalife prepares to launch new products at Macworld and CES.
JBL Professional EON Portable Loudspeakers: A New Era for EON
World-recognized strategy, innovation, and design consultancy RKS announced that JBL has introduced the next generation of its groundbreaking, industry-standard EON series portable loudspeakers.
KOR Water and RKS Form Strategic Alliance
KOR Water, the personal sustainable hydration company, and world-recognized strategy and industrial design consultancy RKS today announced that they have entered into a strategic alliance.
Hamilton C2: What Color is Hope?
When a loved one is in intensive care, it can be terrifying for all concerned.
KOR ONE: Hydration Vessel
Our love of bottled water has placed our health and our environment at risk.
Smart Touch Salad Spinner Wins 2008 Red Dot Award
RKS announced that the Zyliss "Smart Touch" Salad Spinner has been honored with a 2008 red dot award for outstanding product design.
From Drawing Board to Boardroom: Design Goes to B-School
Businesses have learned that to reap the market rewards of true innovation, their bottom-line-focused executives must embrace the value of design.
RKS Guitars Wins Two 2005 Industrial Design Excellence Awards
RKS Guitars was honored with two 2005 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). RKS Guitars' two Silver IDEA wins were in the Consumer Products category for its electric-hued, user-friendly "Pop Series" of instruments, and in the prestigious Design Strategy category for RKS' proprietary "Open Architecture"…
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IDSA District Design Conferences 2013
This year, the Industrial Designers Society of America will host five District Design Conferences across the U.S. between April 5 and April 19.
IDSA Reveals Its 2012 International Design Excellence Awards Jury Led by Nokia's Rhys Newman
The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has assembled this year's International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) jury to choose the IDEA 2012 honorees.
Winners of the 2011 International Design Excellence Awards
The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) unveiled the winners of the 2011 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) program.
Winners of the 12th Annual National Design Awards
Today, Cooper-Hewitt Director Bill Moggridge announced the winners and finalists of the 2011 National Design Awards, which recognize excellence across a variety of disciplines.
IDSA Reveals its 2011 International Design Excellence Awards Jury
The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has assembled this year's International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) jury to choose the IDEA 2011 honorees.
Catalyst Seeks Great Design Stories
The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Catalyst program is accepting applications starting today through Tuesday, November 30 for design success stories that have made an impact on industry, the environment and society.
RKS Wins 8 Good Design Awards
The Chicago Athenaeum has awarded RKS eight of the prestigious and coveted 2009 GOOD DESIGN Awards.
Savannah College of Art and Design faculty visits RKS to learn RKS's proprietary design thinking methodology and stay ahead of the curve in this new era of design.