A Consumer Products Approach To Consumer Medical Devices

by , Director of User Research and Human Factors

Six consumer product development practices to adopt, for usability and safety'ssake, when designing home health devices.... →

Not Just for Coders: Hackathons for Hardware Innovation

Not Just for Coders: Hackathons for Hardware Innovation

A hackathon is at least partially about surprising people with what’s possible in a short amount of time, and I was surprised at what we accomplished at MIT Media Lab’s Breast Pump Hackathon. I left wondering how we could build aspects of the hackathon, such as faster prototyping, open design, and friendly competition, into our hardware innovation process.

Our Five Most Popular Posts of 2014

Our Five Most Popular Posts of 2014

With a new post published nearly every week in 2014, we had nearly fifty to choose from when tallying up our top five. We dove into the alphabet soup of acronyms around UX and IxD; we visited with Leonardo (yes, that Leonardo); and we contemplated the differences between industrial and interaction designers. Oh, and it would’t be a roundup without a beer post.

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.