Category Archives: multi-touch

"One of the biggest mistakes designers can make is failing to consider all the users of their product."
Sean Mulholland

When Identity is a Design Choice

One of the biggest mistakes designers can make is failing to consider the spectrum of users of their product. When it comes to designing lifelike interfaces such as Siri, Alexa, and the Kuri robot, we must think beyond functionality and ask ourselves two questions. What kind of persona should we design for our interfaces, and […]

"During every project, there’s a moment when it can either become a ton of work, or a little bit of work. That’s the moment I live for."
Jacob Waites

Artistry Matters, Even for a Name Tag

During every project, there’s a moment when it can either become a ton of work, or a little bit of work. That’s the moment I live for—it’s the part where you choose whether to sacrifice some of your time to practice your craft, or just bang something out. (More on this at IDEO’s blog.) For […]

"At IDEO CoLab, we love thinking about what nature can teach us about emerging technology. "
Jacob Waites

From Fungal Networks to Connected Businesses

At IDEO CoLab, we love thinking about what nature can teach us about emerging technology. Recently, we revisited an old podcast from a source we adore: Radiolab. Their episode “From Tree to Shining Tree” inspired us when we were thinking about naturally-occurring mesh networks. The podcast talks about how mycelium and mycorrhiza give plants a natural […]

"In the future, we may no longer need to drive our children to school, speak with anybody to go grocery shopping, or visit a human doctor."
Daniel Tauber

Could AI Replace Design Researchers?

In the top floor of London’s Design Museum, as dozens of visitors walk by and the rain hits the windows, a woman speaks with an AI bot called Spirit. It asks her how many partners she would like to have if she can live until she is 150. She giggles and answers. “Just one—and that […]

"As a product designer, I can’t help but bring the skills I use to experiment with technology into the kitchen."
Nicki Schaefer

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 […]