Our Five Most Popular Posts of 2014

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With new posts almost every week in 2014, we had nearly fifty to choose fromwhen tallying up our top five.... →

10 Biggest Innovations of 2014 to Influence Product Design

10 Biggest Innovations of 2014 to Influence Product Design

Wearables, emerging user interfaces, user research techniques, and smart connected objects emerged as themes when we surveyed Bresslergroup staffers about the biggest innovations of 2014 to influence product design. Everything from specific products to macro trends were fair game. Here are the ten that topped the list.

Two Days to Design at IDSA Medical

Two Days to Design at IDSA Medical

Our challenge: A (fictitious) client wants to control the spread of infection in a hospital setting by leveraging two components — 1) a smart, disposable surgical gown and 2) a digital ID badge with the potential for a wide range of functionality. How we crunched a multiyear product-development lifecycle for a digital badge to track hospital sterility breaches into two days.

From Smartphones to [Insert Your Device Here]: Unified IxD Principles, Part 2

From Smartphones to [Insert Your Device Here]: Unified IxD Principles, Part 2

An interaction design outlook limited to “smartphone patterns” is ill-equipped to address the wide breadth and depth of human-computer interaction contexts. Part 2 explores why — and where (inside a hospital, factory, or some other critical context) — these techniques often aren’t the answer.

Measuring the ROI for a Usable User Interface: Part 2

Measuring the ROI for a Usable User Interface: Part 2

Why invest in a usable user interface? Thankfully for those trying to make the business case, there’s been a lot of research into the ROI of good design processes in general and specifically on product usability. We divide the benefits into two categories — those that directly affect the manufacturer, and those that primarily affect the consumer.