Category Archives: Sketching In Hardware

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"There’s something so delightful about reinventing a classic. People love getting their portrait, and it reminds us that we’re all artists."
Julie Regina

How to Make a Fauxtobooth

There was a lot of work to be done. IDEO’s New York studio was to host an event to celebrate Tom and David Kelley’s new book, Creative Confidence, and whatever we designed had to reflect their ideas. Pressure on, we brainstormed over lunch — tools and sticky notes spread out across the largest room in [...]

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"Here at IDEO Chicago, we like beer. A lot. And we don’t just love drinking the stuff, we like brewing it, too."
Chris Gold

The Mix Master 2000: How to Build an Automated Shandy Machine

Here at IDEO Chicago, we like beer. A lot. And we don’t just love drinking the stuff, we like brewing it, too. Our ChIDEO Brew Crew started about two years ago and since that time, we’ve made more than 60 gallons, mostly for studio events like Rocktoberfest or St. Paddy’s Day, but sometimes just because [...]

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"We live in Chicago, so the idea of our company being called “Central Standard Timing” (CST) just made sense."
Dave Vondle

The evolution of the world’s thinnest watch, the CST-01

In January, Jerry O’Leary and I launched a Kickstarter campaign (currently <3 days to go) for the world’s thinnest watch, the CST-01. This is a watch we have worked on outside of project work while here at IDEO. On IDEO Labs, our aim is to share our process and give our readers an “under-the-hood” look at some [...]

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"Conceptualize, build, and program a wirelessly-controlled-pneumatic-eye-popping pumpkin in just over an hour."
Garrett Winther

One Hour Prototype: iPhone Eye-Popping Pumpkin

For halloween, each IDEO location held a one-hour pumpkin carving competition. I thought it would be interesting to see how much tech I could jam into a pumpkin within the time limit. Luckily, I had an old pneumatics kit under my desk and recently stumbled upon an incredibly simple way to get my iPhone to [...]