When I moved to the Bay Area to join IDEO, I had never even heard of Burning Man. But once I got here, it came up almost every time I showed someone my Ha-Ori shelter, a collapsible origami structure I designed and built while studying at the Royal College of Art in London.
City of Buried Machines What can we say of the mysterious world beneath us? The stories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries were filled with subterranean habitats: from Tolkien’s dwarven caverns to the underground society of H.G.Wells’s Morlocks to the mirrored dwellings of the dead described by Italo Calvino, the possibility of a universe hidden […]
In my 15 years at IDEO, I’ve had a hand in roughly 130 projects. Some of the technologies I’ve worked on have become obsolete, like component research that required dozens of part catalogs (now, we just use the Internet). Many, though, have become the foundation for newer technologies, like discrete components, which were developed into MEMS sensors. And some, like the […]
Digital journalism has evolved to a point of paradox: we now have access to such an overwhelming amount of news that it’s actually become more difficult to understand current events.
By day, I code mobile apps and design digital experiences. In my free time, I create art.
Bounce, swivel, spin. Today’s interface design is all about making things move. But the tools we use to create those interactions haven’t kept pace with our smart, intuitive enough for a 3-year-old child devices.
From stock market know-how to the globalization of bananas, here’s a glimpse of what’s on our nightstands and in our RSS feeds. In Defense of Google Flu Trends What are our expectations from technology, and how grounded are these expectations in reality? Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic explores these questions in an incredibly thoughtful piece […]
When you’re crunching against a tight deadline to design a new-to-the-world digital experience, you do a lot of learning on the fly. One of the cornerstones of our design process at IDEO is that we build to learn. I’ve found I work more quickly and effectively prototyping in the browser itself. The global community of […]
For London Fashion Week, Vodafone teamed up with fashion designer Richard Nicoll and IDEO to bring a disruptive solution to life — a purse that charges a phone in style. On day one, we created three prototypes for making our idea catwalk ready. Not only did the phone and bag need to work together, we wanted the […]
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 […]
I have always been interested in automation. In the wake of cheap computing and other technological advancement, more and more repetitive tasks are being automated, from tax preparation to checkout services to manufacturing to product handling. Recently, I’ve found that maintaining a social media activity feels repetitive. As a result, I’ve wondered, using natural language generation, […]
Between client projects and personal ventures, IDEO interaction designers and software engineers across our global offices spend a significant amount of time designing and building apps for iPhones and iPads. We’re part of the thousands of iOS developers worldwide beholden to the operating system’s wild popularity and sound frameworks. While we focus on the design […]