New Approaches to R&D, New Design Research

April 30, 2014

The April issue of Fast Company has a thought-provoking blurb about an acquisitional approach to R&D. As the Lean Startup method gains traction and permeates into corporate culture, big companies are passing up long-term investment in R&D strategies and acquiring startups instead.

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Besides Hours, What Can We Use to Measure Performance

March 27, 2014

Measuring work in time is a topic that has interested me for a while now. Work is iterative and collaborative and yet we reduce it to the simple unit of an hour.

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Working Relationships - Harvard xDesign 2014

February 7, 2014

So I’m picking out one common theme I heard across the panelists that resonated with me: If design will be everywhere, then designers will be everywhere, and we need to know how to create supportive working relationships across disciplines.

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Research Journey

February 6, 2014

Three months ago, as a recent graduate with a degree in human-centered design and a passion for a career in research, I started an adventure with the Essential Design family. Here is a condensed list of necessary tactics that I have learned.

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Using Reference Points to Understand Rituals

January 9, 2014

As a human being that happens to be a design researcher, I have to acknowledge that I may introduce my own biases to round out participants’ experience stories.

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Essential Visits MIT D-Lab

November 27, 2013

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.

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College ThinkTank Boston

November 25, 2013

College Thinktank Boston, an event started by the City of Boston and Wentworth Institute of Technology brings together college students from 19 different colleges and universities for a one day event to brainstorm a challenge facing the city of Boston.

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Software to Soft-Everywhere

November 18, 2013

Stuck in a long checkout line at the supermarket a few days ago, I spotted a glimpse of the future: a shopper wearing Google’s most recent take on personal tech, Google Glass. Indoctrinated by sleek photos and videos praising of the subtlety of the mini-computer embedded glasses, I was shocked to see how large and ostentatious Glass really is. As consumers start to see software as a more integral part of their lives, technology companies are exploring new design solutions to fit their needs.

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Solving Problems With Design Thinking

September 21, 2013

The start-up, MeYou Health and Essential are featured in 1 of the 10 stories of what works in Solving Problems With Design Thinking

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NYCxDesign/ ICFF: The Highlights

June 6, 2013

In contrast to last years show which was still heavily influenced by the DIY and reclaimed materials trends, I felt the standouts from this years show trended more towards a refined simplicity.

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