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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The Role of Design in Digital-Physical Innovations

September 11, 2014

Darrell K. Rigby’s article in the Harvard Business Review, “Digital-Physical Mashups,” encourages businesses and organizations to meet the needs of customers who “weave their digital and physical worlds so tightly together that they can’t fathom why companies haven’t done the same.”

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A Day in the Life of a UX Designer at Essential

August 22, 2014

Hosted by General Assembly, “A Day in the Life of a UX Designer at Essential,” provided an overview of the key activities, collaborations, processes, and concepts that make up what we do as UX designers.

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Government Program Evaluation and Design

August 13, 2014

As evaluation practices increase, what role can design play? Recently, trends in government program administration offer an opportunity for designers to participate after launch as well, in program evaluation.

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The Innovation Hype: What's useful in all the buzz?

July 14, 2014

The word “innovation” is brandished everywhere. It’s a compelling concept and every day we enjoy working with our clients to deliver them its promise. According to Google Ngram Viewer (which calculates the frequency of word use in publications between 1800 and 2008), “innovation” was used 73% more frequently in 2008 than it was in 1908.

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NYCxDesign Week - Part 2

June 27, 2014

Following the “It” convention of the NE IDSA conference we move to some of the trends from NYCxDesign week 2014. To echo our observations from last year the underlying trend was simplicity, the less is more mantra is still holding strong in 2014.

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Book Review for Raymond Turner’s "Design Leadership"

June 24, 2014

TO HEAR RAYMOND TURNER tell it, we design leaders have an awful lot on our plates. Not only do we frequently find ourselves as the sole interpreters between disciplines that rarely communicate if we are not involved, but we also manage budgets that can be “the largest single sum that the board of most companies knows the least about.”

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NYCxDesign Week - Part 1

June 5, 2014

NYCxDESIGN Week was buzzing with great events this year! May was all about design in NYC. Starting off with a well timed IDSA North East regional conference focused on Industrial Design and its relationship with startups and entrepreneurs.

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Designing Health: Beyond The Electronic Medical Record

May 29, 2014

The current state of the health experience is fragmented and limited in scope- failing to connect disparate sources of data into one cohesive system that paints a clear picture for individuals and society as a whole.

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Crafting a Story

May 13, 2014

Recently I read Storytelling for User Experience: Crafting Stories for Better Design, a book [Whitney Quesenbery] co-authored with Kevin Brooks. As a researcher and a designer, storytelling has been part of my life for a long time. However, I found her book to be a comprehensive source of inspiration about how a compelling story can establish a common ground of communication among all the stakeholders.

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