Tait Design Co. is an independent product design studio located in Detroit, MI. We strive to create work that is beautiful, simple, and clever. We love what we do and enjoy passionately debating every detail. We are proud to source our materials and manufacture all of our products here in the USA.
MATT TAIT | FOUNDER & LEAD PRODUCT DESIGNER
Our founder, Matt Tait, went to school to become a graphic designer, but he always had a love for industrial design and engineering. In 2013, he started TAIT Design Co. as a side project while working his day job as an associate creative director in advertising.
The first product he designed was Turbo Flyer – our now classic balsa model airplane kit. He screen printed them in his basement studio at night, assembled each one, and launched them on this site. The Turbo Flyer later went on that year to be featured in a show of the 33 best-designed products of 2013 at the AIGA National Gallery in New York.
TAIT Design Co. has come pretty far from the humble beginnings of that basement – winning awards, and having work featured in numerous online and physical publications. In the fall of 2015, Matt left his advertising job with over 8 years of experience to pursue "the side project" full time.
AUDREY ELKUS | ASSOCIATE PRODUCT DESIGNER
Audrey started working at TAIT Design Co. in the summer of 2015 as an associate product designer. She is a junior at Wellesley College and cross-registered at MIT's Sloan School of Management. She is majoring in Media Arts and Sciences, a combination of computer science and art, and minoring in economics.
The first project she worked on at TAIT was the packaging for our Precision Mobile, which went on to win a Dieline Packaging award. Since then she has been the associate designer on our Pattern Planes, planned short and long term business strategies, set up and managed our accounting software and generally helps keep the business organized and moving forward.
She will be joining TAIT full-time in December 2017.