Category Archives: open source

"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 […]

"This is a tricky project for someone who doesn’t know anything about coding let alone a programming language."
Elias Thaddäus Pfuner

Making Data Tangible at IDEO’s Chicago Studio

As an industrial designer, I’m always eager to bring together the digital and the physical. So when I discovered that the Chicago studio was collecting data about their energy usage, I decided to create a project that would make that information feel real, teach me more about other disciplines, and serve as a gift to […]

"It’s 2017, so if it ain't responsive it ain't a website."
Nicholas Pajerski

Build Your Own Virtual Magic 8 Ball

As the notorious Nicole S. Kahn—a strong figure in IDEO San Francisco’s Design for Change (D4C) studio—was departing for maternity leave, we were scrambling to figure out what to do during her absence. How would we live without her advice and counsel for four months? To compensate, we decided to build a virtual surrogate to […]

"A few weeks ago, while I was in our workshop, I had an idea: modify Snapchat’s Spectacles into a pair of safety goggles."
Dave Vondle

How We Did It: Snapchat-Enabled Safety Goggles

A few weeks ago, while I was in our workshop, I had an idea: If I could modify Snapchat’s Spectacles into a pair of safety goggles, I could document our projects without ever picking up a camera. The purpose for these hybrid safety specs is threefold: We can post images of our projects or build […]

"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 […]