What comes to mind when you hear the word, “atomization”? If you’re an engineer, it’s charging particles in a fluid so they mutually repel. We break down the process of choosing and implementing different techniques in product development.
Wearables suffer from a general lack of user research. Too often, they’re technology-driven or business-driven when they need to be driven by human experience. Their potential value lies in finding truly novel ways to satisfy our need for connection. Otherwise they are fancy umbilical cords transporting zero nutrients. Here are four steps toward more meaningful wearable tech.
Because you can’t always embed smartphone-equivalent tech, six “smartphone pattern” techniques to provide a similar user experience on a limited hardware budget.
To fight startup failure, practice product testing early and often to answer questions such as: Is it durable enough? Is it easy to use? Is it well designed? Do people like how it looks? How much are people willing to pay for it? This can mean the difference between being the next big thing — and the next big flop.
One takeaway from working as an in-house designer is that great products and happy users result from a design process where clients, or stakeholders, are heavily involved. Here are four steps to forging a model for high client engagement for design consultants who don’t have the benefit of day-to-day contact with clients.
In our third Design Mind, read the innovation story behind Christina Kazakia’s colorful, flexible Stick-lets, novel connectors that encourage kids to connect with the outdoors. The toys have roots in Kazakia’s own childhood play and originated as her graduate thesis project at RISD.
Getting speed, price, and quality from an offshore vendor requires plenty of work, time, and experience in managing offshore manufacturing relationships. Here are our suggestions for best practices we’ve developed over many years.
As we set up a framework for analyzing and developing effective multisensory design, we’re realizing this area of product design benefits from a trove of existing psychological and human factors research. Here’s a crash course, with takeaways for designers searching for the right mix of multisensory cues.
One day you wake up and your work is ego-free — you’re not about pushing your personal brand onto people. You’re finding novel ways to tie products to their audiences. Congratulations, you’re an industrial designer, who skillfully accesses rational (and, yes – creative) thinking to touch people’s emotions and change their lives.
Go behind the scenes of product design innovation in Philadelphia: a digital device and system that streamlines the premium stadium experience. SuiteMate is designed to evolve along with emerging technology that’ll allow stadiums to identify fans along with their patterns and preferences.