Our History

Concept Designs Inc was founded in 1993 by Louis Hsiao after finishing his graduate degree in Product Design from Stanford University. Applying the design thinking approach to retail challenges has produced several award-winning and innovative solutions. Combining a strong manufacturing and engineering knowledge with a strong sense of design, the Concept Designs team has repeatedly won several POP design competitions and provided unique retail solutions for their clients.

Concept Designs strives to produce high-value solutions to display challenges while providing unsurpassed customer service. We know that details matter and communication is key to any successful project. With over 20 years of experience, we can apply our retail knowledge and creative approach to help you stand out in the competitive retail landscape.

Our Process

Design and Engineering

  • Needs assessment, competitive research, brainstorming
  • Extensive knowledge of retail environments
  • Detailed CAD renderings
  • Selection of ideal materials
  • Graphic development and brand enhancement
  • Expertise in substrates and printing processes
  • Precise detail engineering
  • Prototyping for proof of concept

Project Management

  • Manage all aspects of production
  • Strict attention to budget and timeline
  • Develop detailed, easy-to-follow assembly instructions
  • Coordinate pack out and shipment
  • Follow all client packing, labeling, and shipping requirements
  • Manage and cultivate vendor relationships

Manufacturing

  • Strong vendor partnerships with capabilities that include:
  • Acrylics
  • Digital and Offset Printing, Silkscreening
  • Electronics
  • Metal Working
  • Plastic injection molding and fabrication
  • Powder coating
  • Vacuum forming
  • Wood working
  • Corrugate / Temporary displays
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Logistics

  • Manage shipments via sea freight and air
  • Worldwide distribution and drop shipping capabilities
  • Fulfillment and warehousing centers

Our Team

  • Louis Hsiao
    Louis HsiaoBenevolent Dictator

    Alma Mater: UC Berkeley and that other school across the bay (Stanford?)

    At CDI Since: The Mesozoic Era

    Favorite Quote: “…that is why you fail…” – Yoda, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning…” – Colonel Kilgore, Apocalypse Now

    Favorite Movie(s): The Godfather, Alien, The Big Lebowski, Casino Royale (Daniel Craig), Patriot Games, Dodge Ball, Airplane, Star Wars.

  • Curtis Jo
    Curtis JoDesign Director

    Alma Mater: San Jose State University

    At CDI Since: 1999

    Star Wars or Star Trek: Star Trek

    Bagels or Donuts: Donuts (“Glazed Old Fashioned” is a favorite)

    Favorite Movie(s): 2001, A Space Odyssey

    Favorite Foreign City So Far: Paris (Great architecture and art), Barcelona (Great people, food, culture, and art)

  • Ann Marie Alanes
    Ann Marie AlanesOperations and Social Media Manager

    Alma Mater: Loyola University Chicago

    At CDI Since: 2005

    Favorite Quote: “I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.”

    Nobody Knows That I: …was a hip hop dancer on The Jenny Jones Show

    Favorite Stupid Dance Move: The Typewriter

  • Wyanne Tsang
    Wyanne TsangDesigner

    Alma Mater: Queen’s University (Mech Eng), AAU (IDS)

    At CDI Since: 2014

    Star Wars or Star Trek: Ewoks for life (Star Wars Eps. IV-VI only)

    Bagels or Donuts: Timbits

    Favorite Quote: “Quack! Quack! Quack! Quack!….” -The Mighty Ducks

    Favorite Foreign City So Far: Istanbul (not Constantinople)

  • Jill Daisy
    Jill DaisyProject Management and Design

    Alma Mater: Columbia College Chicago

    At CDI Since: 2014

    Favorite Quote: “They call me the Hiphopopotamus my lyrics are bottomless…”.

    Favorite Movie(s): Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    Favorite Foreign City So Far: Paris, what’s not to love?

    Favorite Stupid Dance Move: Type in “Country Hip Hop Dancing” on YouTube. You’re welcome…

  • Steven Jacobs
    Steven JacobsProject Manager

    Alma Mater: Currently pursuing Mechanical Engineering Degree

    At CDI Since: 2015

    Favorite Movie: Dumb and Dumber

    Favorite Quote: “When people tell me, You’re going to regret that in the morning, I sleep in ’til noon, because I’m a problem solver.” – Zach Galifianakis

    Favorite Foreign City So Far: Edinburgh, Scotland

    Life Lessons: Work hard, good things will happen.

  • Jacob Severson
    Jacob SeversonBusiness Development and Marketing

    Alma Mater: Chico State

    At CDI Since: 2015

    Star Wars or Star Trek: Star Wars

    Favorite Movie: Wreck it Ralph

    Favorite Quote: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”-Thomas A. Edison

    Favorite Foreign City So Far: Madrid, Spain

    Life Lessons: Punch life back, always.