19 Inspiring Reads for 2019

January 15, 2019

From the beautifully illustrated to the creatively written, and the classically loved to the amusingly offbeat, here’s a list of books inspiring our team (and hopefully you) to reach their goals.

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MEET THE TEAM: 10 Questions with Katja Lierhaus / Mechanical Engineer

January 3, 2019

We sat down with Katja and talk about everything from astrophysics at the Smithsonian to designing footwear for Nike to Portland vs. “Portlandia” and her hopes for the future.

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The Essential Design Holiday Wishlist: PART 2

December 16, 2018

10 more interesting products we're eyeing this season.

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MEET THE TEAM: 10 Questions with Caroline Turnbull Doran / Design Researcher

December 4, 2018

We recently sat down with Caroline to learn more about what exactly a design researcher does at Essential as well as to hear more about her story and the path that brought her to our team.

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The Essential Design Holiday Wishlist

November 29, 2018

12 Interesting products that enhance where we live, what we wear and how we play.

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Your Products Are Your Brand

November 7, 2018

Customers are experiencing your brand through your product, checking your promises against your delivery and telling their stories to everyone that’s listening.

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Inside the Design: Hydrow by CREW

October 31, 2018

See how our team drew inspiration from classic cars and furniture, how design decisions complimented technical ingenuity, and what it was like working with one of the most innovative sports and fitness technology startups in the world right now.

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Designing for All Stakeholders

May 23, 2018

Understanding, prioritizing, and balancing the opinions of all the key stakeholders in a product development process can be challenging. Here’s some of what we’ve learned about balancing multifaceted stakeholder groups over the years.

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5 Traits of Superior Smart Home Devices

February 20, 2018

While leaders in smart products have begun to emerge, opportunity abounds as very few brands seem to have identified just what makes a superior smart device in the home.

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New Frontiers in Connected Health Experiences

November 29, 2017

A dive into seven trends and technologies that will transform healthcare in the very near future – if they aren’t already.

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