Insights & Strategy

Advice for product innovation, design, and development
2024 02 16 Speeding Up Product Development HERO
Speeding Up Product Development
There are several methodologies available to speed up the development process. Which best fits your needs?
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Defuzzing the Innovation Process
We’ve developed several techniques for defuzzing the innovation process — to uncover user and technology insights that lead to innovation and reduce risk of failure.
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Medical Device Testing: Go As Far as Possible with a Simulated Use Environment
Medical device usability testing serves different — and equally important — purposes throughout the product design process, from generative through evaluative research.
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Cast a Vision: Four Steps to a Forward-Looking Technology Roadmap
In order to meet the needs of future users, companies must anticipate disruptive technologies and develop a path to innovation.
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What Is Innovation Enablement at Delve?
Delve helps clients develop innovative organizations, teams, and leaders. How can you tell if your business needs Innovation Enablement?
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How to Use Patient Journey Mapping to Design an Outstanding Patient Experience
Want to deliver a better patient experience? Start by mapping the patient journey. Here's how to do it.
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What Taylor Swift Can Teach Product Designers About Experiential Brand Language
I just spent six months researching experiential brand language for a client. Here's what it is, how to create it, and examples of great EBLs from Apple, Airbnb, REI, and, as the title promises, Taylor Swift.
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Four Agents of Change You Need on Your Innovation Team
Together, we can design a better world. Let’s start by leveraging our unique skillsets as change agents.
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Four Elements to Achieve Trust in AI-Enabled Healthcare
To achieve societal trust and move responsibly into an AI-enabled healthcare future, we need to put four elements in place.
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How to Measure Your Impact Potential
What if you could plot your impact potential in real-time over the course of your project, allowing you to make necessary changes when it matters most?
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How Will AI Impact Medical Devices?
Fresh from our webinar, AI & Medical Device Development, we'd like to share a few takeaways from the discussion.
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The Value of Design and the Responsibility of Designers
The theme of the DMI Madrid 2023 conference was "The Power of Design in Turbulent Times." Here are some reflections on major themes that defined the talks and the conversations throughout.
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A History of AI in Engineering from the 1970s to Today
With the transformative potential of new AI tools like ChatGPT on everyone’s mind, it’s easy to forget that artificial intelligence has been used in product design and engineering for many years.
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Why Multidisciplinary Teams Design Better Products
A multidisciplinary team has the edge in creating innovative, well-rounded solutions that meet the needs of all stakeholders.
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19 Uses for AI in Product Development
The Delve team explores AI’s place in our product development process.
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The ROI of Research and Strategy, Part 2
To understand the critical importance of user research and strategy for businesses, it's helpful to look at real-world examples.
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The ROI of Research and Strategy, Part 1
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe,” Abraham Lincoln is supposed to have said. At Delve, research is like sharpening the axe.
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Responsible AI: Guidelines and Resources for Designers
Microsoft just dissolved their AI Ethics and Society team. What’s a designer to do?
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Women in design: 8 ways your origin story can make you a better designer
Only about 19% of professional industrial designers in the United States are women.
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Will AI and ChatGPT really transform clinical healthcare for the better?
I am excited about where AI will take us in healthcare, but there are some challenges we will need to negotiate and serious dangers we must guard against.
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Future-Readiness Checklist: Are You Prepared to Lead in the Future of Your Industry?
Is your innovation incremental, strategic, or visionary? Use Delve's Future-Readiness Checklist to gauge your approach.
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How to Design Health Products of the Future, Part 5: Seamless Integration
As healthcare moves toward everyday wellness, new health and wellness solutions will consist of offerings you wouldn’t expect from the current ecosystem. Designing solutions that provide a seamless integration of products and services will entice healthcare consumers.
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How to Design Health Products of the Future, Part 4: Anytime, Anywhere
Consumer-centric care will continue to be delivered faster, in unexpected places, and at previously untenable times of day and night. Companies that can redefine convenience will gain a competitive edge.
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How to Design Health Products of the Future, Part 3: Data-Informed Personalization
Advancements in AI and data analytics technologies, and the healthcare consumer’s increasing interest in tracking and sharing personal data, are paving the way for highly personalized care. To win this race, companies need to deliver deeper, more meaningful personalization.
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How to Design Health Products of the Future, Part 2: Empathic Care
Companies that provide more meaningful connection at an emotional and aspirational level will attract the next generation of healthcare consumers.
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How to Design Health Products of the Future, Part 1: Everyday Wellness
Future healthcare products need to be designed to embody a proactive and preventive mindset. This new paradigm is focused on enhancing our well-being and health in all areas of our life, all of the time.
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Tips for Mentoring Women, from Women
Leadership diversity matters because having different perspectives and experiences drives innovation and helps companies to design better products. This is even more important when it comes to medical devices, where patients’ health and lives are at stake.
2023 03 01 org transformation sustainable design HERO
Organizational Transformation That Supports Sustainable Design
Eric Mackey, Delve’s former Director of Industrial Design, and Taylor Cone, Delve’s Head of Innovation Enablement, talk about the roadblocks that prevent organizations from embracing sustainability—and what it would take to effect change.
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3 Surprising Findings from Our Latest MedTech Industry Survey
While reviewing the early data from our ongoing research on trends in the medical device industry, three unexpected findings caught our eye.
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What It Looks Like When Organizations Enable Innovation—By Design
Within every organization, innovation wants to thrive. Here’s what it looks like when organizations dismantle the obstacles that stand in the way.
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Stop Trying to Innovate. Try This Instead.
Companies tend to become less agile and innovative as they grow. This outcome is so common that it feels inevitable. Good news: It isn’t.
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COVID-19 At-Home Tests: A Game Changer, But at What Cost?
Home self-testing kits have played a crucial role in managing the spread of COVID-19 in the US, but a steep environmental price is hidden in the societal benefit.
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Three Principles for More Human, Solution-Focused, Fair, and Inclusive Design
Designers have a responsibility to design a world that all want to live in. Here are three principles that can help us navigate the complexities of design decision-making and truly achieve design success.
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User Research During COVID: Expanding Your Playbook for the New Normal
Whenever your needs require you to conduct user research remotely, these strategies will allow you to answer the same fundamental questions as in-person methods.
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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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Empathic Design in Practice
What comes before and after you walk in your users' shoes? We distill empathic design into six principles for easy adoption.
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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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The expanding definition of design
There’s a growing sense of urgency and renewed purpose in the design community.
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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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Stop Design Thinking From Becoming 'Innovation Theater'
Too many times design thinking projects fall victim to the trappings of innovation theater. Here's how not to let that happen.
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5 Ways Care Models Need to Change
A thoughtfully designed care model can support better outcomes in ways that better fit into people’s lives. How exactly will care models have to change?
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Use ‘Jobs, Outcomes, and Constraints’ to Exploit the Pause Between Research and Ideation
The JOC method lets you move into ideation confident that you're working from something more than a hunch.
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CES 2021: 5G starts revealing its potential
At CES in 2019, Verizon Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg gave the opening keynote address about the upcoming advantages of 5G.
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CES 2021: Home is where everything is
If your home is your castle, during the pandemic it’s also your office, classroom, coffee shop/restaurant/bar, gym, entertainment venue, spa, and, yeah, that place where you sleep.
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CES 2021: Digital health explodes
Here’s a mind-blowing set of statistics for you: prior to 2020, only 24 percent of healthcare systems offered any form of virtual care.
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CES 2021: Healthcare, technology & COVID-19
In early 2020, Abbott Laboratories recognized the need for COVID-19 testing and used their massive resources to ramp up production quickly.
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Must-reads for innovation
Being home more in 2020 meant a little more down time, including more time for books and audio books.
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Building an MVP app in just eight weeks
In the spring of 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to work apart, Delve’s leadership launched an internal pitch competition.
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Inspiration Index 11-17-20
Since Covid, "water cooler" chats at Delve's three offices are now largely happening on Microsoft Teams, where we're sharing what we're reading and listening to with each other. We're compiling some of the best nuggets into what we're calling an "Inspiration Index," that we'll share on a regular basis. We hope you discover something that will inspire - or at least intrigue - you.
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The long haul
We can always count on the market to push change, whether the players in the market like it or not. Failure to adapt quickly to changing market forces will eventually come back to bite you.
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Inspiration Index 10-13-20
Since Covid, "water cooler" chats at Delve's three offices are now largely happening on Microsoft Teams, where we're sharing what we're reading and listening to with each other. We're compiling some of the best nuggets into what we're calling an "Inspiration Index," that we'll share on a bi-weekly basis. We hope you discover something that will inspire - or at least intrigue - you.
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Verhalen & Norvaisas to speak at IDSA's Women in Design
We present "Decision Making and Bias: Your Role in the Design Process and How to Manage It" at IDSA.
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Inspiration Index 9-25-20
Since Covid, "water cooler" chats at Delve's three offices are now largely happening on Microsoft Teams, where we're sharing what we're reading and listening to with each other. We're compiling some of the best nuggets into what we're calling an "Inspiration Index," that we'll share on a bi-weekly basis. We hope you discover something that will inspire - or at least intrigue - you.
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The gift that keeps on giving
I had a manager who gave me the book “Feedback is a Gift.” At the time, it didn’t feel like much of a gift – mostly because her method for feedback was, well, constant. But her heart was in the right place.
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Five Tips for Moderating Remote Usability Studies
We've been doing remote research since before COVID-19, but the pandemic gave given us a great opportunity to hone our craft.
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How STEEPLE Analysis Informs Design Strategy
STEEPLE analysis is a tool for scanning your external environment. It helps teams understand phenomena and imagine new opportunities.
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Reflections on Delve Talks, Part 2: Building a Culture of Innovation
For our Delve Talks podcast, Dave Franchino and I had the opportunity to interview a dozen people from various industries, all of whom share a common interest, desire and occupation that involves innovation, creativity and culture building. You can find the whole series here.
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Reflections on Delve Talks, Part 1: Building a Culture of Innovation
For our Delve Talks podcast, Dave Franchino and I had the opportunity to interview a dozen people from various industries, all of whom share a common interest, desire and occupation that involves innovation, creativity, and culture building. You can find the whole series here
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Critical Perspectives on Sustainable Product Design
In 2020, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) held its first Deep Dive on sustainable product design. The ensuing conversations revealed a burning need for collaboration between not just designers, but everyone involved in the creation and use of products.
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Reflecting on my privilege
As my beloved country seethes in turmoil over the horrible and unjust killing of George Floyd, I - like everyone I know - have struggled to make sense of a senseless situation, and formulate some sort of coherent comments.
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What is Design Strategy and Why Do You Need One?
Sometimes having a breakthrough idea is the easy part of innovation. Navigating the organization and turning that idea into reality is often the hardest part. That's why you need design strategy.
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Bend, don’t break
(Any Day But) Tuesday… If it was Tuesday, you could guarantee there was no electricity. You couldn’t iron your clothes, watch TV or turn on the lights. You’d do anything to have a portable fan blast air on your face on a crushing summer afternoon, but you couldn’t.
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Homework with Amy Lee
While we're all working in our homes, we thought it would be fun to check in with our team members to see how they're doing and what their new offices and co-workers look like.
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Open thoughts on open source
I have been spending a fair amount of time thinking about the spectrum of successes and failures related to the open-source maker movement and its contributions to addressing the COVID crisis.
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Four Steps to Data-Driven Customer Foresight
Most products take anywhere from three to ten years to develop from idea to commercialization. But many companies rely on their understanding of consumers today to make decisions for these future products.
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Homework with Corin Frost
While we're all working in our homes, we thought it would be fun to check in with our team members to see how they're doing and what their new offices and co-workers look like.
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What’s next? It’s up to us
We are told the world has changed, I have heard people talk about the recent past as “the before” in recognition that we are in transition and not going back. I have also heard people talking as if this is a tough time, that we need to buckle down and wait for it to pass.
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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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Should Covid change your research plans?
Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been asked by clients and my team has thought a lot about the question, “Should we be doing research now?” We’ve also had to think about, “Can we do research now? How?”
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How to Make Way For Radical Innovation
Before starting on an innovation strategy, decide which type you're chasing: Incremental, disruptive, or radical innovation. Each requires a unique approach.
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Our Favorite Remote Research Methods for Product Design
When in-person research needs to shift, try these remote research methods. All have yielded great insights for us at various stages of product design.
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Operation #BadgerShield
Since we posted a blog post talking about how the Open Source Face Shield project had started to supply the University of Wisconsin hospitals with this critical personal protection equipment (PPE), our team has had little time to breathe.
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Making business decisions in tumultuous times
There is no game-theory exercise or scenario planning model that will produce a definitive recommendation. I realize this isn’t particularly helpful or reassuring, so I offer you three specific supplemental tips for navigating your business in tumultuous times.
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How to Design Good Decisions
Generating good ideas is usually not the problem. The process of choosing one good idea and getting it through your organization is usually the hard part.
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CES never fails to entertain
The Consumer Electronics Show always starts the new year off with a bang. It packs roughly 170,000 extra people from around the world into Las Vegas for a seizure-inducing week of stimulation.
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Our unicorns are real
Apparently, unicorns just went extinct in Silicon Valley. That’s sad news for the small group of tech entrepreneurs who hope to cash in on the latest gold rush and build a company with a $1 billion-plus valuation.
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CES 2020: Day two cool stuff
Our team spent the second day of CES at Tech West, home base for health, wellness, home, wearable and fitness technology. It's also the hub for Eureka Park, where the scrappy startups vie for attention of venture capitalists and potential partners.
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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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From the eyes of an intern
Two separate semesters, two office locations, and two roles later, my experiences at Delve could not have been more diverse or outstanding.
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Service design hits and misses
As I started to think about writing this blog, I realized that it might come off more as an Andy Rooney rant than “Oprah’s favorite things” this year. It feels like there have been more misses than hits.
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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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The importance of an improvisation mindset, part 2
This article is part two of a series about the advantages of an improvisation (improv) mindset on workplace teams. Read part one here.
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The importance of an improvisation mindset
This article is part one of a two-part series about the advantages of an improvisation mindset on workplace teams.
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Innovative Technology To Combat Climate Change: Our 7 Favorite Solutions
A list of emerging, innovative technology being developed to reduce carbon, geoengineer the environment, and improve battery efficiency and cooling tech.
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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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When good design goes bad
Some of the most altruistic of projects create some of the most vexing and problematic dilemmas for the designer as their altruistic aims face reality.
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Strategy is a verb
You’re probably already looking up the word “strategy” to see if it’s a noun or a verb. Spoiler alert: it’s a noun.
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Everyone Fails
I recently hosted a discussion on a topic I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about. Failure. Specifically, the role of failure in innovation.
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10 steps to help combat design tunnel vision
Have you ever been given a physical tool to help you complete a task when what you really needed was information or support?
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Six Market Forces Changing the Medical Device World
As a high school junior, I was shown the guts of an implantable defibrillator. That day, I quit my pursuit of a career in medicine to pursue one in medical device design.
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How to MIND Map Your Way to Project Success
Most design processes start with empathy or insights and jump right into design research methods – forgetting to acknowledge how crucial framing and scoping can be.
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Learning to learn quickly
Having a foundational understanding of your problem space is necessary for any design process. You wouldn’t hire someone who has never seen the ocean to design a ship, would you?
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Four 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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My business is going to the dogs…
I drafted our very own “common sense/common courtesy” dog policy. I’m sharing it below in case it helps illuminate a path for any other small business owners grappling with this same issue.
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Hearts in San Francisco
We asked our San Francisco team to share some thoughts on what that they find thought-provoking, inspiring and uniquely Bay Area.
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SXSW Wrap-up: Moving the needle & our cheese
The common message spoken and implied by the many purpose-driven speakers we listened to: Find an organizing principle for your company, your project, product or community to move the needle.
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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 Day Two: Place and community building in a hyper-connected global economy
Today at SXSW we dug into the concept of place. Below is a quick look into what we saw, heard and thought.
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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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Observations from HIMSS 2019
If you want to develop empathy for anyone in the healthcare business, all you have to do is walk the floor at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference.
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Reducing Medical Device Risk with Usability Testing: The Why, the How, and the Who
Medical devices are commonly recalled due to usability issues that can be prevented with proper usability testing during the development lifecycle.
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The Power of Failure
A very common mantra in product development and specifically Design Thinking is to “fail early and often.”
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What's “indecent” at CES?
Let’s suppose, hypothetically speaking of course, that a product exhibited at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) could be used to cause severe bodily harm with a weapon to another human.
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From Design Thinking to Integrated Thinking: Prioritizing Business Needs in Innovation
If the numbers don’t add up, great design isn’t sustainable — no matter how thoughtful it is. Design must ultimately serve the needs of the business as well as the user.
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Urgency Understood: User Research and the Value of In-Context Experience
There is no short map of an anticipated journey that medics can plan for while transporting a patient out of any building to the ER. Each scenario and response is unique.
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The Business of Empathy: Designing Like Your Customers are Human
If you are innovating by practicing customer-centered design, it may be the reason you aren’t getting the results you need.
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[Design] community service
As we find ourselves in the middle of the holiday season, we join with our friends and family in celebrating what we have and share the joy with others by giving.
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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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Small solutions but bigger problems
Nowadays, you can see new products and ideas and rate them instantly. Is it preventing us from tackling the big problems?
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More specific drug labels could simplify reimbursement
Pharmaceutical companies are in a unique position to simplify the drug reimbursement process.
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Healthcare service design: 5 failure modes to avoid
When it comes to designing patient services for healthcare, we may have the best intentions, but sometimes we get in our own way when it comes to creating good design.
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Beantown here we come!
We're excited to open a new office in Boston to serve our current East Coast clients and grow our multidisciplinary innovation business.
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How Might We Improve Pizza Delivery? With Creative Matrix
Creative Matrix is a brainstorming method that helps structure the necessary "in-between" work between research and ideation. We demonstrated the technique.
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Expectations vs. Reality
The gee-whiz tech news coming out of Silicon Valley is often exciting, but it's not always reality.
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Design in Action: Preparing To Set Up a Temporary Mobile Medical
To get ready for the trip, I’ve been looking into and thinking about how human-centered design is best applied to global health solutions.
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The Why, How, and When of Co-Creation During the Product Development Process
Co-creation means inviting users into your creative process. Users, instead of being subjects of study, gain agency and become active participants in the design process.
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Our SF design office is moving! What a long, strange trip it’s been
Moving 10 people and a 3,000-pound mill in San Francisco is quite the project. But the end result is worth it all.
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Confessions of a (former) tribal warrior
I have a confession to make. My co-worker Stefanie used to drive me nuts.
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I say “Dome of Awesome” and you say…
What's the dome of awesome? It’s that place where your expectations have been met (nay, exceeded!) and you are having a great experience throughout.
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The Shift to Physical-Digital Design Teams: Are You Ready?
The world is changing ... are your design teams changing with the physical/digital times?
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What does equity design mean?
Our world is in flux. We are all aware of this. As designers, it’s helpful to step back and consider our role in shaping our rapidly emerging future.
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Making makerspaces that work
Designing a makerspace to fit the needs of staff and students at Lincoln Elementary School took some old-fashioned ingenuity.
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Design of the dead
As a design team, we are constantly in search of ways to stay involved with the design community and shine light on upcoming talent
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Designing Systems Instead of Assigning Blame
In the immediate aftermath of any newsworthy accident, we often hear the words "human error" or "user error".
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Building the perfect team with psychological safety
Psychological safety can be the difference between innovative and just OK. Here are three easy ways to build psychological safety at your organization.
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What's in a whiteboard? More than you might think
We have a tradition of using the humble whiteboard as a jumping off point for discussions both internally and with the community.
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What Does a Doctor Do at a Design Firm?
In medical product design, usability research was too often an afterthought. But you simply can’t expect something to look nice and assume patients and clinicians will know how to use it.
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Challenging the status quo of project management
One client. Three consulting partners and 100 team members. How do you hold such a massive project together. Here are three tips.
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Our New Shop
Our new Model Shop in Madison helps our Prototype Specialists stay organized and protected from harmful dust and vapors.
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No Pain, No Gain?
Addressing customer pain points is a great way to inspire design, but don’t miss opportunities to “amp up the good” by addressing the gains that users desire.
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Were the Wright Brothers Wrong?
For many entrepreneurs and inventors, focusing on patent protection may obscure the need to keep improving your product.
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User Experience Research at LinkedIn
Julie Norvaisas from LinkedIn stopped by our offices to share tips on how they research User Experience to deliver the best products and services.
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Delve's New Office Design: Spreading the Peanut Butter
Take a tour of our new Madison home with one of the design leaders behind it.
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Of design and dodgeball
Design and dodgeball share a reliance on collaboration.
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Startup Week: Developing an MVP with a capital “P”
What does it mean when an Industrial Designer designs a "product?" Nowadays, it can get a little convoluted.
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Design research lessons from the yoga mat
The mindful practice of yoga offers some valuable lessons for design research.
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Change is hard, especially when someone moves your cheese
As we move into our new space, one of the project managers shares the process behind the logistics and emotional side of moving.
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Podcast Wizard
No twist ... just a great list of podcasts from an avowed podcast junkie.
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Growing a Product Design Consultancy: Management at Scale
How do you balance creativity with business efficiency as your team grows?
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Big ideas. Big move.
Our move to 1010 E. Washington Ave. in downtown Madison reflects our commitment to creating world-class innovation and supporting our talented team.
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You say sketch, I say scenario
Business people and designers have the same goals — launching successful products — they just use different vocabularies.
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Technology vs. Prediction
Let's face it, technology can enable us to do a lot of new things. That doesn't mean we'll actually do them.
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How We Used Design Thinking to Redesign Recruiting & Onboarding
At Delve, we’re always being encouraged to ask how we can make things better, and even non-designers get into the practice of applying design thinking to achieve goals. This culture was one of the reasons we wanted to revamp the experience of our recruits and new hires.
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Take your seat!
Assigning seats in a new work space can be an exercise in frustration. We prototyped a new way and it's worked ... so far.
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The power of “So what?”
A simple, if provocative, question can make all the difference to a project when it's asked at the right time.
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We're packing the boxes
We're getting ready to move in August to our new Madison headquarters.
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How to Give Design a Seat at the Lean Startup Table
Design Thinking and Lean Startup are two approaches that can co-exist with some creativity and flexibility to create a better result.
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Making decisions at SXSW
During our decision-making workshop at SXSW, we ran a little experiment in decision making that yielded some interesting results.
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SXSW: Collaboration, hope, urgency and cultural change
From the Cancer Moonshot to Bill Nye the Science Guy, SXSW was all about optimism that things can change for the better.
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Designing for healthcare part 4: Empathy is the diagnosis
Listening to, observing, and truly empathizing with healthcare professionals is necessary to deliver new solutions that are user-responsive and empowering.
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Designing for healthcare part 3: The complexity of simplicity
Making the complex simple, or ‘simplexity,’ requires diligence in both iteration (build, test, learn) and designing the system and the details equally well.
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Designing for healthcare part 2: Mapping the way to seamless integration
Mapping user experiences and systems can help you create more delightful healthcare experiences.
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How Design for Accessibility Drives Innovation for All
Products designed for accessibility end up making life better for everyone.
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The Viability Crevasse
Kickstarter and Indiegogo are littered with cool concepts that never hit the shelves. How can you navigate that chasm between vision and reality?
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Designing for healthcare part 1: Finding your vision
The design of products and services for the most human of needs, healthcare, has a history of being less than humane.
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Staying power
New technologies and processes help us work faster and smarter, but it's the quality of people we hire that makes those tools work for our clients.
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Leading when you are lost
A family trip around the world with two elementary school-aged children proved to be a meaningful lesson in leadership.
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The Great Innovation Debate: Five Moments That Mattered
In the history of product innovation, there are famous successes – some arguably driven by new technology, and others that resulted from user research and insights.
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Need for speed: Approaches to picking up the pace of development
There are several methodologies available to speed up the development process. Which best fits your needs?
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Ant or alien? The value of taking the extra-long view
Your company probably has 3- and 5-year plans. But does it have a 30-year plan? If not, it may be unwittingly writing its own obsolescence.
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Have you hugged your laboratory professional today?
After walking the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC), we think laboratory professionals deserve a little more love from the industry.
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12 ideas to make calling customer service less hellish
Satisfaction with customer service hasn't improved since 1976. With increasingly complicated, sensor-laden products, who do consumers call for help?
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Tips for Making Tough Design Decisions
No matter what your title is, a significant part of your job is making decisions and justifying them to others.
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Navigating the New: 5 Best Practices
Change bring excitement, anxiety and lots of questions. Here are five best practices for managing change in an organization.
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Captain Contrarian: Innovation by competitive attack
User-centered design is great, but it if your competitors also invest in user research it may be time to do some contrarian exercises for stronger strategy.
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Culture Reel: A Bit About Us
The video captures Delvians talking about how we got into design, what we’re most curious about, and what excites us about working here.
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Three Essential Ingredients for Tidying up Design Insights
Finding meaning is what transforms research insights into insightful tools for initiating change.
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Find the Right People to Inspire Your New Product Design
Setting inclusive screening and recruitment criteria for design research projects can help yield the insights that will power your product design.
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How to 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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The End of Product Failure
What are the odds a new product will still be around in two years’ time? And, how do we decide what to design today?
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Uncertainty changes expectations
International travel offers time to knit...so why not knit an experiment in uncertainty?
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What type of innovator are you?
When it comes to innovation, it truly takes all types. Do you know if your team has all the perspectives it needs?
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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.
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Empathy is key to new product success
An energizing day at a Microsoft Accelerator Day for entrepreneurs provides a good reminder that above all, know thy customer.
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Writing an ebook is e-xciting
Delve just published its first ebook on this interesting point in time when technology and society are entering new territory.
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Connect with Success By Knowing Your Blind Spots
Designing and delivering successful connected products requires a whole new set of skills. Do you know your team's blind spots?
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Uncertainty makes us sweaty
Instead of running away from uncertainty, maybe it's healthy to embrace it as fodder for innovation.
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What's in a name?
Somewhere between a quick brainstorming session and rounds of frustrating debate, there's typically a sweet spot for naming a product.
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Can't we all just get along?
Believe it or not, the color and brand of smartphone or laptop someone uses is not an indicator of their worth.
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Something you can't Tweet in 140 words: Personal connection
In the world of sales, nothing is better than picking up a phone or meeting someone in person.
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Super Bowl 2015 ads reflect our conflicted era
Want some depression with those Doritos? In a confusing time both socially and economically, advertisers struggle to find the right tone.
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How many people does it take to turn on a light bulb?
"Heads-down time" is invaluable when you're looking for that "light bulb" moment. But then it's time to get out of your own head.
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Dishing it out
Reviewing restaurants provides insight into what makes some businesses thrive while others falter.
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What eight little girls re-taught me about design thinking
Leading an after-school fashion design and sewing club reveals the truisms behind design thinking.
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Aging in Place
Technology is making it easier to stay in the home and community you love as you age. That's a wonderful thing.
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Developing an introvert’s superpower
Do you know someone who can absorb a vast amount of complex information about a problem and combine it into a cohesive, elegant solution?
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Active procrastination and passive thinking
Instead of a nice story that reads like your favorite episode of This American Life, here’s a few thoughts on things I’ve noticed over the last couple months.
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Experience Design and Healthcare: Wicked Problem and Inspiring Challenge
Experience design is a field prepared to help healthcare workers effectively use new diagnostic technologies, but it is a pretty wicked problem to tackle.
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Designing for the Apocalypse
A few months ago, I was able to experience co-creation from the client side of things. I signed up for a ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE workshop at Door County Forgeworks.
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Wowhunting
It's really interesting to see how companies choose to react when they’re under a ton of competitive pressure. It can be easy for companies to get conservative.
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Working Toward Sustainable Medical Device Design
Manufacturers that lead the way towards sustainable medical device design will gain significant business advantages over those that sit on the sidelines.
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Introducing HACME Corporation: Solving problems you didn't know you had
Imagine a future where emerging technology — wearable sensors and 3D printers — are so accessible they’re embedded into most everyday objects
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Ideas on Design Thinking for Small Business
How about smaller companies who don’t have the budget for an innovation lab or the leeway to afford failed experiments? How can they get in on Design Thinking?
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