Engineer Your Holiday Dinner with DIY Sous Vide

Cooking with friends and family is a big passion of mine. As a product designer, I can’t help but bring the skills I use to experiment with technology into the kitchen. I love to find new ways to improve the end result or make the process easier, and the holidays are the perfect time to […]
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"Recently, at IDEO London, we’ve started to think more creatively about how to collect and use data for research during the design process."

Catching Ghosts

Recently, at IDEO London, we’ve started to think more creatively about how to collect and use data for research during the design process. It’s easy to track user behavior when we work on digital design projects; the tools are built in. But what if we had those capabilities outside the digital space? On a recent […]

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"There is little more terrifying than having non-billable time at work."
Burton Rast

Why We Make

There is little more terrifying than having non-billable time at work. The first few weeks of my employment at IDEO were a nervous time for me. I was intermittently assisting a few project teams, but it would be an excruciating few weeks before I was staffed full time to a client project. For the better part of my […]

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"We call ourselves “Team Future.” Four friends on a mission to create social games using new technology."
Xin Xin

Prototyping VR Games with Team Future

Around the time Oculus Rift completed its Kickstarter, I brought my virtual reality headset to a weekend hackathon called the Global Game Jam. Over 48 hours, my team and I built a game prototype where one player navigates his way through a maze, while a second player types instructions to him. The prototype was pretty […]

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"We can repurpose our existing tools to give people the power to create immersive content without requiring additional gear."
Sean Mulholland

A Story in Every Direction

Thanks to native support on Facebook and YouTube, virtual reality and immersive 360˚ video have reached a tipping point in which production, distribution, and consumption are now available to almost everyone. From enabling new forms of empathy to exploring social issues in an on/off-line world, we are more empowered than ever to experiment with new […]

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"As a designer, I am fascinated by exploring new ways to interact with virtual reality."
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Creating a Customized VR Experience

As a designer, I am fascinated by exploring new ways to interact with virtual reality. Technology is able to trick our senses like never before, and we’re starting to see VR hardware like HoloLens and the HTC Vive really push things forward by allowing meaningful interaction between the real and the virtual worlds. One possibility I’ve […]

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"When Alex S. found himself 40 pounds up from his grad school weight, he decided it was time to do something about it."
Elise Craig

Build Your Own Bike-Powered Xbox

When New York-based designer Alex S. found himself 40 pounds up from his grad school weight, he decided it was time to do something about it. But as he looked around for ways to take off the extra heft, he didn’t see any elegant solutions to weight loss. Heading to the gym isn’t his style, […]

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"We’re always looking for smart ways to learn more in less time."
Matt Cooper-Wright

Welcoming Bots to the Design Team

The Automated Assistant We’re always looking for smart ways to learn more in less time. This mentality has led our researchers to push the boundaries of the data we can record in our research process. Alongside the qualitative data we gather from interviews, we also pull together behavioral data collected over longer time periods. We […]

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"Drawing inspiration from a foldable yurt I’d made a few years before, we built massive, kinetic origami mushrooms."
Joerg Student

Designing for Burning Man: the Shrumen Lumen

The Inspiration Two years ago, I worked with a team of IDEOers and IDEO alumni to create an interactive art installation for Burning Man that we dubbed Blumen Lumen. Drawing inspiration from a foldable yurt I’d made for the art festival a few years before, we built massive, kinetic origami flowers that responded to their […]

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"This whole setup adds a physical layer and heightened level of excitement to our project completion ceremony."
Chris Milne

The Big Green Button

There are few things more satisfying than wrapping up a massive, months-long project. Back when we used to track all of IDEO New York’s work on a whiteboard in our kitchen, we’d celebrate these completed projects at our weekly meetings. Each team would walk up to the front of the room and—as the rest of […]

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"The most important design practice throughout the entire process was to stay nimble and improvise."
Aaron Soloway

How We Did It: IDEO’s Beach Ball Synth for Moogfest

When Moogfest invited us to design an interactive installation for its annual festival, a convergence of artistry and engineering in the spirit of Bob Moog, pioneer of the analog synthesizer, we had a completely blank slate to work from. For us, this is somewhat abnormal. In our usual design process, we lay out clear constraints […]

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"At IDEO, we believe that you learn best by doing."
Barry Lachapelle

When Physical Met Digital in the Fields of Myanmar

In my last article, I wrote about a hobby of mine: translating physical objects into digital experiences as a way to test my skills. Like most interaction designers these days, I am fascinated by understanding how digital can connect to our physical reality. Working with hardware enables designers to create more meaningful, situation-specific interactions that […]

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"IDEO kitchens are hives of community activity."
Tim Brown

How We Did It: The 20,000 Piece Mural

As our CEO Tim Brown once said, “IDEO kitchens are hives of community activity.” Here at IDEO Cambridge, it’s been our tradition to reimagine our kitchen mural every six months. We’ve decorated it with everything from a symmetrical grid painting inspired by the mood in our studio to a swarm of birds, to a hand cut […]