Internet of Things for Social Impact with Chris Parlato

September 22, 2015

The 2015 Design Exchange Boston, a conference hosted by AIGA, featured a talk and workshop led by one of Essential’s design researchers, Chris Parlato. Chris discussed the tendency of connected devices to be superfluous and the challenges of designing connected objects to produce meaningful change in modern society.


Design Museum Mornings with Naz Mirzaie

September 15, 2015

Naz spoke about the importance of design research and explained how her industrial design background has driven her interest in visual information strategies and experience mapping.


Design for Social Impact: Promoting Trust, Authenticity, and Innovation through Design Thinking

July 9, 2015

As a researcher with Master’s in Design for Sustainability, “Design for Social Innovation” has always been a huge part of my personal and professional life. My work is inspired by field leaders like Victor Papanek and Victor Margolin. Last week, I had the pleasure of attending an event “Learn. Leverage. Lead.” sponsored by Boston+Acumen.


Essential + Youth Design, a Summer Tradition

July 9, 2015

Essential Co-Founder and Partner, Scott Stropkay and I (a design researcher at Essential), spoke with unique group of students at MIT’s D-Lab… Scott and I were asked to speak about the role of design research in the product development process and how it could be leveraged within the context of D-Lab’s mission.


How Does Transit Shape a Citizen?

April 27, 2015

My mother has been transcribing a series of my great-grandfather’s letters he wrote while living in China in the early 1920s. Each is an incredible time capsule reminding us of how much has changed in the last century.


Reflecting on the Connected Things Forum

March 3, 2015

Thought leaders from healthcare, retail, security, cleantech, automotive and industrial sectors gathered for Connected Things 2015, a half-day forum hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum at the MIT Media Lab.


Designing for Emerging Technologies

December 19, 2014

Essential’s Scott Stropkay and Bill Hartman co-wrote a chapter in the book, Designing for Emerging Technologies: UX for Genomics, Robotics, and the Internet of Things, on the growing influence and capabilities of robots in our work and personal lives.


Everyday Design: My Bike Project

December 15, 2014

Although I never owned a bike before and knew very little about fixing bikes, I had a very clear vision for the bike’s design and I was up for the challenge of bringing that vision to life. I found inspiration from bikes around the city, giving me a more clear design vision of the details, shape and fabrics used.


Richard Watson Speaks at Harvard xDesign

November 10, 2014

Richard Watson and iRobot’s Derek Verhoon presented the Roomba case study, sharing the complexities of designing a product that meets optimally at the intersection of three touchpoints; end-user needs, market factors and technological possibilities.


Design-Led Labs Creating Impactful Solutions

October 8, 2014

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the 2014 DMI Design Leadership Conference, co-chaired by Essential’s Scott Stropkay, which was centered around lab cultures that drive innovation and the importance of design as a catalyst for insightful solutions.

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