Category: Design

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Inside Stanford’s d.school

A few (12) years ago I was lucky enough to work at IDEO in London for a couple of weeks. Colin Burns was leading IDEO Europe at the time and he made me feel welcome and inspired. I was given a window into creativity and innovation. I learned that visualising lots of ideas was very valuable and that a lot of the...

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Back to the future… today, but what about tomorrow?

For anyone who has seen The movie Back to the future II, you may remember that Marty McFly, Jennifer and Doc Brown travel in time to 2015, 21 October to be precise- today! Filmed in 1989, predicting 26 years into the future is no mean feat. Some things aren’t quite there but concepts of video conferencing and Apple TV voice commands are...

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Apple September 2015 – Products redefined

I love Apple products. They help me live my life. Other products would do the same but Apple make you feel that they are special. The September 2015 launch started with this “Helping our users live a better day” and through my experience (others may not agree), Apple live up to this with the user experience that flows from hardware to software, from...

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In-house design thinking

I have been working on this article for a while, researching similar processes and the origins of them. I have looked at UX (User Experience) tools, UCD (User Centred Design), HCD (Human Centered Design), design thinking, lean UX… the list goes on! – there is a lot of information out there. I am in the industry and still struggle to differentiate between...

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Hello my name is Paul Smith

  Christmas day 2014, a very small present under the tree from my brother and sister. I opened the paper to find a small black envelope, inside this a pair of cufflinks with coloured stripes that could only be Paul Smith. My siblings knew that this present would mean more to me than most.   As a product designer by education and...

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Jonathan Ive at the Design Museum, London

Sir Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice President of Design at Apple Inc. and arguably the most influential industrial designer around today appears in conversation with Design Museum Director, Deyan Sudjic, in an evening devoted to the future of design. A really great evening, as I have grown to expect at the Design Museum! I want to share some of his quotes… About user...