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Articles: Shaping a School System, From The Ground Up - http://www.ideo.com/news...
The New York Times spotlights IDEO’s work with Innova Schools to design a school system in Peru from the ground up. The article looks at how “increasingly design companies like IDEO are being asked to build complex systems for businesses, governments and non profit organizations”. For the full article click here.
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Awards: IDSA’s 2014 IDEA Awards - http://www.ideo.com/news...
IDEO and IDEO.org were awarded 8 International Design Excellence Awards by the IDSA (seven and one respectively). Winning designs ranged from a new generation of bike saddles for Brooks to redesigning the cafeteria and food system for San Francisco Unified School District. Read more about the winners here. For IDEO: Gold Cambium C-17 Bike Saddle for Brooks (Sports, Leisure and Recreation) PillPack (Service Design) Silver Food System Redesign for San Francisco Unified School District (Design Strategy) Spark Camera App (Digital Design) Bronze POWEREASE for Medtronic (Medical and Scientific Products) Creativity Camera and App for LeapFrog (Children’s Products) Wing Control Dusty Crophopper for Mattel (Children’s Products) For IDEO.org: Silver SmartLife for WSUP, Unilever and GAIN (Social Impact Design) IDEO finalists included LEED Dynamic Plaque (Digital Design), Zatar for Zebra Technologies (Digital Design) and design language for Kobo Aura e-Readers (Computer Equipment).
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Work: Finding a New Business Model in the Everyday for Sensis - http://www.ideo.com/work...
134 years ago, the phone book was the original killer app. In 1880, the year Australia’s first-ever telephone directory was published, it was a cutting edge technology that offered immediate access to a huge network of goods and services, everything from peaches in Gundagai to ship builders in Darwin. The company that produced that first phone book—and the disruptive change it represented—would later become the Australian directories company Sensis. In recent years, Sensis made a strong transition from a print directory to a digital service, but they asked IDEO to help the company think of itself like a startup again. Skip represents a fundamentally new way of doing business for Sensis. Not only do we see market success for this product, we see it as heralding a shift in the way we develop products. —Evan Ravensdale, General Manager for Yellow Digital The designers at IDEO identified four ways for Sensis to become more agile: Focus on the company’s core skills—their ability to connect...
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Awards: IDEO + Core77 Design Awards - http://www.ideo.com/news...
Core77 recognizes four IDEO projects in its annual design awards. 2014 Runner Up recipients include our work with Brooks on the Cambium C-17 bike saddle and pharmacy market-disrupter PillPack. Notable honorees include redesigning the food system for the San Francisco Unified School District and the Edison light installation for Joie de Vivre Hotels. For more on the award winners, see here.
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Awards: 30 Years. 18 MDEA Awards. - http://www.ideo.com/news...
IDEO celebrates its 18th Medical Device Excellence Award (MDEA) for our work with Tria Beauty on the Age-Defying Laser, with Tria’s Hair Removal Laser and Medtronic’s POWEREASE being named finalists. For more on IDEO’s history of delivering impactful, human-centered design to the world of medical and consumer products see here.
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Articles: FOCUS Talks with Tom and David - http://www.ideo.com/news...
German magazine FOCUS visited IDEO Palo Alto and the d-school and talked to Tom and David Kelley about Creative Confidence (recently published in Germany Kreativität und Selbstvertrauen). The article also mentions IDEO Munich’s work with Swiss Life and Ravensburger. In German.
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Events: Noam Has Landed! - http://www.ideo.com/news...
Noam, a messaging platform designed by IDEO, is now live! It bridges the gap between hardware and software, enabling for quicker prototyping.
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Work: Local Heroes for The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management - http://www.ideo.com/work...
You hear it first—the low rumble. Then it starts: Everything around you jolting, going sideways. Do you crawl under a table? Leave the building? In those few seconds of terror, who remembers? No one feels totally prepared for a natural disaster. Sure, we stock up on batteries and flashlights, but when it comes down to it, our neighbors are our best safeguards. Recent disasters like Hurricane Sandy have shown that the people who are most connected within a local network fare better in an emergency. So why wait for a crisis to build your safety net? The city of San Francisco asked IDEO to help its people become better prepared before disaster strikes. Emergencies are more about people coming together than cities falling apart. SF72 is a revolutionary platform that helps us reach people where they are. —Rob Dudgeon, SF DEM Deputy Director In times of emergency, the city will need citizens to be self-supporting for 72 hours (or longer) before local services or outside help kick in. With...
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Work: A Cafeteria Designed for Me for SFUSD + SEWF - http://www.ideo.com/stories...
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Articles: Designs On— Aging Launches - http://www.ideo.com/news...
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Wall Street Journal‘s Digits blog captures the story of Barbara Beskind, a 90 year old designer at IDEO. Barbara was an integral part of our Designs On— Aging exploration, also covered by Fast Company, DesignBoom and Slate.
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Articles: Redesigning the School Lunch Experience - http://www.ideo.com/news...
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WIRED and DesignBoom cover IDEO’s work with the San Francisco Unified School District to redesign the school lunch experience and both feature IDEO’s story capture of the work.
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Articles: Nikkei Explores Brainstorming - http://www.ideo.com/news...
A feature in Nikkei Business Online in which the author discusses how IDEO’s brainstorming does much more than just idea-generation. Available in Japanese and English.
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Work: High Tech Hospitality for Joie De Vivre Hotels - http://www.ideo.com/work...
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Articles: A Light Installation That Can Visualize Any Data Stream - http://www.ideo.com/news...
WIRED and Engadget spotlight Project Edison for JDV’s Epiphany Hotel.
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Articles: Straits Times and Tim Brown Discuss Design - http://www.ideo.com/news...
Tim Brown is interviewed by The Straits Times on the role of design and transforming a company by design. Read the article here.
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Articles: Kontakter and Axel Unger on the Customer Experience - http://www.ideo.com/news...
German W&V Kontakter Magazine talks to Axel Unger about how to involve the customer early on in the design and development process. The article also features One100, the offer that IDEO has developed together with our client SwissLife. In German.
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Articles: Tom Kelley Talks About Japan’s Innovation Path - http://www.ideo.com/news...
Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan’s leading economic paper features Tom Kelley‘s view on the future of innovation and the path Japan should follow. In the piece, Tom discusses the mission of IDEO, the importance of reverse mentoring and creative confidence. Available in Japanese and English.
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Work: Lasering Away Unwanted Hair for Tria Beauty - http://www.ideo.com/work...
Would you let a stranger point a laser down there? Thousands seeking a clean bikini line or smooth under-arm do. But hair-removal at a clinician’s office can be an expensive, time-consuming, and—dare we say it?—hair-raising procedure. The Tria Hair Removal Precision Laser puts expert technology in the hands of consumers, eliminating the need for repeat visits to the dermatologist. The Tria laser represents the best, safest, easiest to use and most effective laser technology available for permanently eliminating unwanted hair. —Ronald G. Wheeland, M.D. The Precision Laser features an advanced diode laser that heats and disables hairs at the follicle—the same state-of-the-art method used by many dermatologists. It builds on the breakthrough Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X, the first laser hair-removal product cleared by the FDA for household use in the United States. IDEO designed the cordless device to be lightweight, ergonomic, and easy-to-maneuver with one hand. As its name suggests, the...
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Work: Creating a Simple Solution for the Internet of Things Market for Zebra Technologies - http://www.ideo.com/work...
Cows posting updates from the pasture. Water pipes sending temperature alerts from underground. Merchandise messaging its route from the road. This isn’t a Philip K. Dick novel, this is the Internet of Things (IoT) where physical objects are connected and controlled through the Internet via sensors, actuators and identification technologies such as RFID tags. The IoT can transmit information on identity, location, status, temperature, and condition of, well, everything. THE CHALLENGE A provider for the building blocks of IoT technology, the team at Zebra knew a lot about its current uses. But they wanted to know: What did the future look like? Many businesses were already relying on smart things for detailed status updates throughout operations. But there were barriers between platforms and devices, which meant a lot of disjointed, unconnected data. The existing hardware and software platforms were confusing and cumbersome for non-technical users, and required significant upfront...
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Events: DIY and IDEO Launch Innovation Skill - http://www.ideo.com/news...
The ultimate summer camp. The perfect snack for a picky eater? Why are we designing things for our kids when only they can truly know what they want? DIY and IDEO ask kids to tackle these challenges and more, to develop their inner innovator. Bonus: they get a Scout-style patch for their efforts.  DIY is a place for kids to go online to learn new skills and meet others who share their interests. Kids take photos or videos of the stuff they make, assemble personal portfolios on the site, and ultimately build their creative confidence. IDEO is proud to have collaborated with DIY to launch the “Innovator” skill: 12 challenges that help kids understand people, identify problems, and create novel solutions. We hope these challenges help inspire a new generation of design thinkers.
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Work: Nailed it! for Julep - http://www.ideo.com/work...
Somewhere on your vanity, among the candy-colored bottles and emery boards, there’s one tool that’s awkward and clumsy to use: the cap that serves as the stubby handle for your nail polish brush. Julep, a fast-growing beauty brand, noticed this problem hidden in plain sight. They knew their girlfriends wanted something better. It was a problem in search of a design solution. Enter Julep investor Andreessen Horowitz, who suggested a partnership with IDEO. It was a perfect match; Julep brings products to market 10 times faster than traditional beauty companies and offers them across a huge range of channels, while IDEO knows how to lead an iterative process of trial and error, helping companies quickly steward new ideas from concept to production. Imagine if you’d spent your whole life writing with a pen cap, and then someone handed you a full-size pen. That’s what it feels like to polish with the Plié Wand™ that we created with IDEO. -Jane Park, CEO Julep The collaborative team started...
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Articles: BusinessWeek and Sandy Talk Innova - http://www.ideo.com/news...
In their annual Design issue, BusinessWeek profiles Sandy Speicher and the work she led for Innova, a school system for Peru’s middle class.
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Articles: The Future of Prototyping Is Now Live - http://www.ideo.com/news...
IDEO’s David Aycan and Paolo Lorenzoni match different forms of prototyping to contexts and scenarios and weigh the pros and cons of each. For the full article click here.
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Articles: New Work from The Royal Academy of Arts and IDEO - http://www.ideo.com/news...
The Royal Academy of Arts talks about how they have worked with IDEO to change their website - as a first step. This is just part of ambitious plans to open up the Academy to provide new ways to engage with art and artists.
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Events: IDEO and Creative Confidence in MP speech in Singapore Parliament - http://www.ideo.com/news...
In a budgetary speech, MP Janice Koh calls for creativity as a national asset in the Singapore Parliament, mentions creative confidence and attributes this to Tom Kelley, David Kelley and IDEO. Watch the full speech here.
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Articles: German Capital talks with Tom & David Kelley - http://www.ideo.com/news...
As part of a 10-page feature on design thinking, business magazine Capital interviews Tom and David Kelley in our Munich studio. The reporter also spoke to IDEO client Swiss Life about the design of One100, a completely new venture for the organization. And Ravensburger, a leader in games, puzzles and children’s book, talks about tiptoi, the digital audio learning system that IDEO helped develop. For the interview with Tom and David, go here Read the full 10-page feature here
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Articles: Paul Bennett on Making Time for Creativity - http://www.ideo.com/news...
IDEO’s chief creative officer Paul Bennett writes in the The New York Times about unscheduling himself to make time for serendipity. Read the full article. Also available in Japanese.
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Work: Making Buildings Smarter for U.S. Green Building Council - http://www.ideo.com/work...
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Articles: Nikkei talks with Sungene Ryang about IDEO and Japanese Design - http://www.ideo.com/news...
Nikkei, Japan’s most influential national newspaper interviewed Sungene about how IDEO has reigned in the world of design for the past 20+ years. After detailing our human-centered approach, Sungene describes how Japan is a great source of inspiration for designers around the world and reveals how IDEO hopes to help Japanese companies to reconnect with their creative confidence. This is the first of a series of five articles on IDEO to be published in 2014. Read the English translated version here.
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Work: Disrupting the Drugstore for PillPack - http://www.ideo.com/work...
Whether you’re living with chronic pain, recovering from an acute illness, or aging gracefully—obtaining and managing medication is often a bigger pain than the diagnosis itself. PillPack eases that pain by replacing the traditional pharmacy with a fast, simple home-delivery service. PillPack pre-sorts your prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and vitamins into personalized packets, organized by date and time. This makes it easy to take the right meds at the right hour, either at home or on the go. Each 14-day supply of medication fits neatly into a recyclable dispenser with a label that includes an image of each pill. Every two weeks, a shipment from PillPack’s pharmacy in New Hampshire arrives at your doorstep, along with any changes or new instructions. Its pharmacists coordinate your refills for you and are available via phone or email anytime to answer questions. The service costs $20 per month. [PillPack] is disrupting a huge market with a product that solves a giant...
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