The Design Process

Engineers, DON'T PANIC: A Designer’s Guide to Successful Collaboration in the Product Galaxy

Posted by Patrick, on February 27, 2018

Engineers, I feel like I should start this off with an apology.

It’s not that us designers haven’t wanted to work with you in the past, it’s just… we’ve been worried you’d ruin everything.

Now, we know that that hasn’t been entirely fair, or warranted, and we’d like to see how we can make amends.

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Product Designers: 4 Tips for More Impactful Collaboration with Engineers

Posted by Greg, on February 12, 2018

You’ve designed something beautiful you think users will love, only to find out weeks later that it’s not feasible. It either can’t be built as designed, or isn’t cost-effective to produce.

Has your design team ever run into this challenge?

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8 Design Lessons Inspired by Netflix’s Abstract: The Art of Design

Posted by Pete, on July 13, 2017

What if you could learn tips from some of the design world greats, all from the comfort of your own living room?

Netflix recently made this possible with the debut of Abstract: The Art of Design, a series that follows “eight of the most creative thinkers and imaginative minds working in the world of art and design today,” sharing each individual’s unique expertise one episode at a time.

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Doctors, Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals: Here’s What You Need to Know About The Medical Innovation Process of Product Designers

Posted by Mike, on March 15, 2017

Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are in a unique position to discover problems and needs based on the work that they do every day. Their discoveries can lead to meaningful innovations that can improve healthcare delivery and save lives.

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Consumer to Clinical: Design for Interoperability Considerations to Take Consumer Apps to the Hospital System

Posted by Mike, on March 9, 2017

It’s the age of wearables, biosensors and remote health monitoring. Consumers everywhere are downloading apps to keep tabs on their health and wellness, creating a revolution that could lead to big impact and outcomes for patients looking to truly become CEO of their own health.

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Advice for Makers: 3 Methods to Make More Impactful Products

Posted by Mike, on August 31, 2016

The process of product creation is deeply personal. A prospective client can say to a group of 30 product engineers and designers—show me the smartphone of the future!—and get 100 conceptual variations in return, each with signature flair of its creator.

While this could seem like a never-ending quest for greatness, doors of potential and promise open when one person simply thinks differently, and puts his or her own spin on something otherwise common.

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Product Designers: Could We Accommodate More Human Variability in Design?

Posted by Mike, on April 29, 2016

As designers, we are often charged with developing products that fit with the human body, such as wearable electronic devices, handheld tools, and larger-scale equipment like surgical tables and CT scanners.

This would be an easy task if all humans were built alike, or if each product only had one unique user, but that’s not likely the case. In reality, there are many types of people who will be using the product you are designing.

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I have a product idea. Who should I call?

Posted by Mike, on April 18, 2016

You’ve got it—the idea for your company’s next great product. You know it’ll lead to big revenue spikes, as well as industry and national recognition. But who do you call to help turn your vision into a reality?

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