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Advice for product innovation, design, and development
2024 07 10 Processes that Guide Creativity HERO
The Processes That Guide Creativity
Moments of inspiration aren’t unusual at all; practically any product innovation you can name has benefited from several. And if they seem to happen out of the blue, it’s because that genius was primed.
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Don’t Let Order Bias Distort User Research
We’re passionate advocates for user research and the critical role it plays in product design. But not all research is equal.
2024 07 02 Rational Guide to Brainstorming HERO
A Rational Guide To Brainstorming
Brainstorming can be very effective - if we don’t get lazy. At Delve, We subscribe to the notion of “more brain; less storm.”
2024 06 26 empathy essential HERO
Why Is Empathy Essential for Design?
The short answer: Empathic design makes us better designers.
2024 06 25 UX Design Orchestra HERO
All I Really Need to Know About UX Design I Learned from the Orchestra
The clarinet led me to an exciting music career. Along the way, the clarinet also taught me six user experience design lessons.
2024 06 19 Usability Lab HERO
The Case for Product Usability Testing in Simulated Environments
Why do we regularly transform our usability lab into a kitchen, hospital room, garage, bathroom, living room? It’s not because we’re filming a movie.
2024 06 18 RF Antenna Design HERO
On-Ramp to Electronic Product Design: 6 Key Considerations for RF Antenna Design
Now that everything from phones to automatic sprinkler systems have functionality that requires an internet connection, most of our clients’ products need some kind of communications rig. Most often, that means a radio frequency antenna.
2024 06 10 Designing for Home Healthcare HERO 3
Designing Home Healthcare: Ten Best Practices and Real-World Examples
The world is better when healthcare meets people where they are. As the home evolves into a central hub of healthcare, how can we design for it in a way that delivers safe and effective healthcare for all?
2024 06 12 User Research Anthropology HERO
All I Really Need to Know About User Research I Learned from Anthropology
Whether I’m validating a medical device or working on the next big thing in VR technology, I always rely on five anthropological principles.
2024 06 04 ICU cockpit HERO
Why Can’t an ICU Be More Like a Cockpit?
ICUs need a more integrated source of relevant information to help physicians make better decisions and fewer mistakes.
2024 06 03 Engineering Team You Need HERO
How to Outsource the Engineering Team You Need
Outsourcing your engineering needs can be the answer—if you do it right.
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Why is Brand Consistency Important in Product Design?
People often think of brand consistency as it relates to advertising and communications. But it’s just as important for designers of products to consider brand consistency when creating a new design.
2024 05 21 9 considerations for planning user research prototypes HERO
9 Considerations for Planning User Research Prototypes
Prototyping for user research is a major consideration of product development and one that often confuses, because it’s not an exact science. There’s always a question of what to test and when, and there’s no one “right answer.”
2024 05 03 underutilized role human factors HERO2 2
A Chronically Underutilized Role in New Medical Device Development
Utilizing this role to its fullest could minimize project risk and speed your product to market.
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Meet a Delvian: Corin Frost
Get to know Corin Frost, Senior Director of Communication Design at Delve.
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Diversity means better design
Diversity on a design team is important for many reasons.
2024 05 13 Decolonizing Design HERO
How Design Researchers Can Help Decolonize Design
Our role as human-centered researchers and designers is to advocate for a decolonized future of design in every decision-making task we take part in.
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Humans First! How To Spark Empathy in a Design Thinking Workshop
Design strategists often lead design-thinking workshops for clients using the research they’ve gathered in the field as jumping-off points for innovation.
2024 05 07 Art of Moderating User Research HERO2
The Art of Moderating User Research
In a research session, a moderator’s goal is to acquire as much knowledge as possible from potential users of the product based on their experience (or even a lack of experience).
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Structured Ideation vs Brainstorming
Everyone has his own opinion regarding if and how brainstorming should be done. We use it frequently, but we’ve developed our own technique that is more structured than “stormed.”
2024 04 23 Quantitative User Research HERO
Why You Want Quant(itative User Research)
What’s the point of doing user research? Why not just design a product based on your own point of view and your anecdotal understanding of people’s needs?
2024 04 19 User research in NPD HERO
Reduce Project Risk: Incorporate Research Throughout New Product Development
Research enables you to make good decisions throughout new product development, speeding up product development and creating a product that resonates with users. Here’s what research-driven NPD looks like.
2024 04 16 What Successful Hardware Innovators Do Differently HERO
What Successful Hardware Innovators Do Differently
Successful hardware innovators need confidence, foresight, and consideration to do something genuinely innovative.
2024 04 12 Power of Design Thinking HERO
A Guide to Action-Oriented Design Thinking
At Delve, we don’t focus on design thinking for its own sake, but rather, on design thinking and doing. What does action-oriented design thinking look like?
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Making Data Work Harder for Healthcare
As part of athenahealth’s efforts to showcase the advantages of its network-enabled healthcare IT service over stand-alone software, altr was brought in to work with the athena team to create a simple performance assessment and optimization tool.
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Personalized Digital Health: The Opportunity and Our Responsibility
People are now more willing to share personal health information online. What’s the responsibility of digital marketers in the health and pharmaceutical space?
2024 04 02 Prototype Breaking HERO
On-Ramp to Design Engineering: Prototypes Are Made for Breaking!
We will test a part, remove material, then test it again, and iterate that process until it eventually breaks. At that point, we know just how thin, light, or inexpensive a part can be.
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A Plan for Integrating Hardware and Software
To build better products, development teams need to integrate the hardware and software development processes. The design thinking mindset could provide the means to enable this reunification.
2024 03 26 Interaction Design Strategies for Io T Products That Connect HERO
Interaction Design Strategies for IoT Products That Connect
Only connected devices that connect deeply with their users will have staying power. How do you strategize interaction design for IoT products customers will love?
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