Predict the Future

Our experts do a lot of thinking. Here's the latest to unlock your potential.
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Speculative Design and a Cone of Possibilities
Speculative design requires people to suspend their disbelief and allow their imaginations to wander. Here's one tool to ground it in reality.
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2021's Top 10 Innovation and Product Design Posts
In 2021 you devoured blogs about looking at old problems in new ways, unlocking your professional potential, and creating products that change the world for the better.
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How to Stop Your Innovation From Inspiring a 'Black Mirror' Episode
Warning: I’m going to criticize and question something beloved by millions of people—stationary exercise bikes.
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5 Ways Care Models Need to Change
When we reflect on 2020, we may come to think of it a period when we had the time to pursue simpler, do-it-yourself, pleasures like making bread or planting a garden. Many of us used the endless pandemic months to learn a new a language or take up a new outdoor sport.
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How to write 'How Might We' questions for product strategy
Translating research into actions is often more art than science. We have found “how might we” questions to be useful tools. Here's how to write one.
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How ‘Forecasting and Backcasting’ Enable Disruptive Innovation
Forecasting and backcasting provide a framework for disruptive innovation by establishing a solid structure to support big, strategic thinking.
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The Mega Megatrends Post: Your Guide to the Ten Consumer Megatrends Reshaping Product Design
How will you decide today what to design for 2030? Strategists look to megatrends to predict consumer behavior and futureproof strategy.
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Five Megatrends Driving the Future of Medical Devices
Our free, on-demand webinar explains why innovation is so critical in healthcare, and introduces our Framework for Strategic Innovation: Health + Wellness.
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The Sociocultural Megatrends Transforming Healthcare
We've examined key sociocultural megatrends through a lens of medical and wellness consumer experience to single out four profound shifts in the field.
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SXSW Day Three: New reality
We may need an innovacation after this! But no chance... the talks and exhibits are still going strong.
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SXSW 2019: First Impressions
Jesse Darley and I arrived Friday evening and walked the streets of Austin. We were immediately immersed in all things SXSW. There were music, crowds, exhibits, lines, homeless, clubbers, diners, all of it.
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Five Global Megatrends Reshaping Product Design
Doing user research now won't help you design for 2028. Trend analysis will. Design strategists turn to it to predict consumers' future behavior.
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Technology vs. Prediction
I recently read a Pew report on the future of the Internet of Things, full of opinions on how people may choose to adopt or reject IoT products and services based on security, convenience and richness of experience, among others.
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The future of engineering
Recently, I was asked by the University of Wisconsin to share my thoughts on the future of engineering education as the keynote speaker at their 2016 Engineering Innovation Showcase.
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Innovate by spotting and applying trends
Have you ever read an article about design trends and wondered, “Where on earth did THAT come from?”
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What Will Healthcare Look Like in 2065?
We did a thought experiment and traveled 50 years into the future to glimpse the future of healthcare and of the patient's user experience.