The Making Tank

From Thinking, to Making, to Testing.
A female perspective on new products, services, and strategies.


Combining expertise from various disciplines to solve problems in unique ways.


Starting from a point of diversity and inclusivity, exploring and designing for unmet potentials.


We make physical things, using expertise within digital fabrication to bring them to life.

Improving products & services

Not just a think-tank, we prototype to solve problems. We explore angles and opportunities, assess your products and services, develop new ideas and help you critique and improve yours.


Tinkering, prototyping, exploring, you’ve heard the words, but do you really know how you can gain a competitive edge by using digital fabrication and prototyping methods in your products and services?

We are driven

We are curious, we push boundaries and we challenge what we, you and others know. We bring new angles and perspectives to innovate. We ask, we listen, we think, we make, we learn.

Meet the Founders

Vanessa holds a PhD in Designing for Meaningfulness in Future Smart Products and is the founder and interaction design researcher at Kintsugi Design, a design studio specializing in hardware, and creating robust futures. Originally from Canada, Vanessa’s background is in interactive art and technology, where she’s used prototyping extensively both as an interactive artist and within her 15 years developing smart products in industry. She co-authors “Greater Spaces” with Majken Overgaard, a blog featuring incredible women in tech.

Vanessa Julia Carpenter, phd

Isabel has over 20 years of experience and a PhD in the field of UX, interaction and service design. She’s a citizen of the world and has worked as both a scholar and practitioner in cities including New York, Mexico City, Los Angeles, São Paulo, London, Milan, and for the past 18 years, Copenhagen. Her experience provides a fertile ground for bridging cultures, technology, and design. She believes in playful creative approaches, in the power of storytelling and prototyping, and developing businesses and tools through a hands-on approach.

Isabel Fróes, phd

Don’t take our word for it…

“Vanessa is one of the most inspirational and creative people I have worked with.”

Johan Pedersen Manager, Product Marketing, Silicon Labs

“Isabel’s prototyping skills are second nature to her.”

Loic Tallon
Expert Associate Partner at McKinsey

Let’s work together on your next project

We’ve worked with everyone from multi-national pharmaceuticals to single-person startups, from medical devices to consumer technologies, and everything in between. Try us.