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The Biggest Challenges of 2016

Jan 07 2016 in Notes from the Field

We predict that organizations will face two major challenges in 2016: preparing for an unknowable future, and innovating on their offerings to stay relevant in a changing environment.

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal
Derek Lasher
Senior Strategist

'Tis the Season for Brand Inspiration

Dec 17 2015 in Notes from the Field

Here, amongst the glad tidings and awkward family conversations, lies a bounty of lessons to help your brand in 2016.

Megan Guidi
Strategist, Brand & Experience Lead

Custom Oreo

Nov 10 2015 in Notes from the Field

A look at our newest project, and how digital production and mass customization is disrupting the CPG industry.

Stephen Spencer
Senior Designer & Inventor

Strategy for Culture Change

Oct 16 2015 in Notes from the Field

As physical and virtual environments become interdependent, a powerful way of thinking about workplace strategy emerges.

Kristi Woolsey
Practice Lead, Creative Environments

IoT at Human Scale

Oct 02 2015 in Connected World

We’ve been sold a narrow vision of IoT. There’s now an outstanding IOU to make IoT human-scaled, and give people greater control over their technology.

Stuart Roth
Senior Software Engineer

The Promise of Calm

Sep 03 2015 in Connected World

As information becomes plentiful, its value is decreasing while the value of our attention is increasing. Calm Technology helps us focus on the things that are really important.

Jonathan Brown
Senior Design Engineer

An Argument for Observational Research

Observational research doesn’t get much buzz as a design research method. But for real aha moments, it can reveal insights that you can’t get through conversation alone.

Bridget Monahan
Senior Designer & Researcher

10 Qs, Summer Intern Edition: Meet Ian

Aug 07 2015 in Notes from the Field

Wrapping up our four-part Summer Intern series is Ian Morrow, Engineering.

The Next Great Interface Will be in Your Face

Aug 07 2015 in Connected World

The next great interface will be in your face. Literally. The technology is already in your pocket, but it’s trapped behind your smartphone’s screen.

Aaron Cook
Design & Research Intern

Wearables: The Decline of Distraction in a Connected World

Aug 07 2015 in Connected World

Wearable devices are making their way into everything. But we must be prudent in our efforts to ensure that interactions between humans and information are meaningful.

Kent Vasko II
Software Engineer