Insights

Our experts do a lot of thinking. Here's the latest to unlock your potential.
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Three essential ingredients for tidying up insights
Thanks to author Marie Kondo, many are on a “life-changing” mission to tidy up our homes and lives.
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The Six Prototypes Every Startup Needs To Make
Smart startups spend on prototypes. Different levels offer different benefits along the process journey — here are six of the most important to make.
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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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Design approach selected for adjustable hand cycle
We recently met with the adaptive sports experts at No Limits Kids Fitness to choose one of several design approaches for our hand cycle.
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Man and machine
The recent tragedies of workers killed at factories in Germany and India may seem like new phenomena to some because robotic arms were involved, but they’re not.
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Suck up ... tear down
A neighbor of mine left this stunning post-war (~1950) Electrolux XXX at their curb. I snatched it, immediately hoping to convert it to a table lamp. I was blown away by the industrial design and the workmanship.
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Uncertainty changes expectations
Earlier this year, I was on an amazing project that took me to both India and China to visit hospitals and clinics of all sizes and types.
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Creating a bike that works for all kids
In late 2014, Design Concepts worked with No Limits Kids Fitness to launch an Indiegogo campaign to help us build a prototype of an adjustable hand cycle that grows with kids with physical disabilities.
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What type of innovator are you?
Innovation is tricky business, so is working in teams.
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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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AmpStrip Design Wins Spark Award
Design Concepts recently won a Gold Spark Product Award for our industrial design of the Fitlinxx Ampstrip.
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Interaction design beyond the screen
Connected devices blur some of the boundaries between hardware and software.
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Finding simplicity in the complexity of the Internet of Things
The Solid Conference – Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things (solidcon.com), recently held in San Francisco, is touted as a revolutionary conference that goes beyond the Internet of Things.
Designing a Family Internet of Things (FIoT)
I recently attended the O’Reilly Solid Conference in San Francisco, a fascinating few days examining hardware, software and the Internet of Things (IoT).
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Empathy is key to new product success
I love the energy in the new product development space.
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Writing an ebook is e-xciting
At Design Concepts, we live and breathe innovation every day. It's our job and our passion.
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Designing Handheld Devices That Don’t Hurt
What's behind the lack of useful thumb-reach and hand-grip data for designers of handheld devices, and how can designers gather their own?
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Connect with success by knowing your blind spots
Designing and delivering connected products and the transition to the Internet of Things (IoT) is today’s product development frontier.
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When better isn’t good enough
I’ve spent the week breaking in a spiffy new Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone. Meh. It’s … fine.
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Uncertainty makes us sweaty…
I was lucky enough to be selected to participate in the inaugural VergeNYC conference hosted by Parsons School of Design where the theme was “Action in the Face of Uncertainty.”
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How to draw out a group's creativity
One of my favorite skills acquired while working at Delve is Graphic Recording and Facilitation.
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I’ve played squash since I was a teenager.
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Combine, separate or connect?
A camera phone walks into a bar. The bartender says, “What is this, a joke?”
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What's in a name?
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
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A system approach to advanced LED product design
Light emitting diode (LED) technology has developed quickly over the last decade. Once only the familiar red dot indicating power was “on,” LEDs can now replace traditional incandescent and fluorescent lighting as our primary source of illumination.
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The Internet of (Disconnected) Things
Want to experience connected Zen? Grab a Lyft, the ride sharing service fueled by digital transactions.
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Diving into the intensity that is SxSW Interactive
I knew that South by Southwest (SxSW) Interactive has long been a tech magnet, but I felt that connection firsthand when I went to book my flight to Austin from San Francisco.
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Can't we all just get along?
Picture this ... You arrive at a business meeting, introduce yourself, sit down, pull out your pen to take some notes, and all of a sudden multiple people in the room start to mock you and make fun of your pen.
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Deconstructing fidelity
Fidelity is the degree of exactness to which a model reproduces the real thing.