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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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