Category Archives: prototyping

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"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 […]

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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 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 […]

The experiments take place in a virtual lightroom, placed in a remote environment up in the mountains to prevent distractions.
"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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"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 […]