Hi, we're Nate Justiss and Lindsay Windham. In 2011, we founded Distil Union as a micro-collective of designers having fun (and working hard) creating products that improve experiences in our everyday lives.
Truth be told, nothing makes us happier than hearing one of our designs has helped make your day a little better.
Together, we believe design is about creating experiences that make you smile.
We met in 2006, and in our years as designers, we worked on literally hundreds of products together (mainly Apple accessories). When our last gig closed their Charleston office, we stayed to soak up the lifestyle of freelance designers in this laid-back coastal town that's full of "working-class creatives" and entrepreneurs.
As friends we stayed connected, often riffing on product ideas over beers... So in 2011, we joined together (Union, get it?) to create the products we want to see on the shelves. Selfish? Perhaps. Exciting? You bet your pants it is! (Scroll down for evidence.)
Entirely self-funded on a boot-strap budget, we launched our first product on Kickstarter. After working in the “big-box retail” industry for so long, it was a rush being part of the dynamic crowdfunding community that allowed us as designers to connect directly with customers, users, backers – you. And that was it, we were hooked. We’ve launched seven Kickstarters to date, each one over-achieving its goal by as much as 827%. We wouldn't be here without our beloved Backers! It's an honor and a pleasure to continue bringing purposeful products to the world. Meet the Distil Union design duo:
And should you ever find yourself in need of help, you'll have the pleasure to talk with our friend Rebecca Pollett. Those who have been helped by Rebecca swear they can hear her smile through the screen.
Our design philosophy: Get to the essence of a problem and solve it with design that’s simply useful, attractive and considered.
How we've joined together:
We're rolling up our sleeves and getting to work as a team.
The Power Lunch
Episode 11: Founders
Small Talks, Big Ideas
Episode 4: Leaps of Faith
Episode 45: By Design
During the sweaty summer of 2015, we moved the DU Studio out of Nate’s apartment and into a 2nd-floor space a few blocks up the street on Upper King. The opportunity to host a design shop inside our studio was finally here, and right before Thanksgiving, our dream to bring innovative designs from across the globe to Charleston came true:
Inspired by design boutiques in Hong Kong and museum gift shops in NYC, we carefully curated the Objective Design Shop as a pop-up to meet the need for a modern design source in our community. The pop-up has come and gone, but it was a thrill to have our very own window on King St, and to introduce so many of our favorite brands to Charleston. Our Curated Collection was available online, but only for a limited time.
Stay connected with us on your favorite social channel ☺︎ where you'll see what we're up to, where we're traveling, and even glimpse prototype sneak-peeks of what's new and next from Distil Union....
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