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A Simple Framework for Generating Insights

Designer and researcher Traci Thomas on developing insights that lead to great design concepts.

Traci Thomas
Service Design Lead

Field Notes on the Maker Movement

Jun 03 2014 in Notes from the Field

After MakerCon and MakerFaire SF 2014, Steve Spencer shares what he sees as the emerging themes in the “maker movement” including passsion, online and shared spaces, lowering barriers, and desktop design and manufacturing.

Stephen Spencer
Senior Designer & Inventor

Thoughts from CHI 2014

May 20 2014 in Notes from the Field

MAYA intern Sheila Christian went to CHI 2014 in Toronto—to accept an award!—and shares her thoughts from the conference.

Sheila Christian
Human Sciences Intern

The Future, Today

Apr 01 2014 in Notes from the Field

I look forward to leading MAYA Design into the next phase of our company’s evolution.

Dutch MacDonald
President & CEO

Dynamic Product Equilibrium

Mar 12 2014 in Connected World

A MAYA Paper by CEO Mickey McManus explores the effect that feedback loops will have on product development in a connected world.

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal

Big(ger) Data Pushes The Boundaries

Jan 09 2014 in Connected World

The growth of mobile over the past two decades has been unprecedented. Device penetration, and how we have integrated mobile phones into our daily routine, has reshaped entire industries, transformed commerce and impacted our society at all levels. What’s next?

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal

Introducing, the Agency of Trillions

Jan 08 2014 in Notes from the Field

You may have heard the news that MAYA Design has just launched a brand new innovation firm, Agency of Trillions.

Happy Holidays from the MAYA Companies!

Jan 03 2014 in Notes from the Field

This year our holiday card takes a look at our year in numbers.

An Architecture of Play

As human-centered designers, we can draw a lot of inspiration from the philosophy and science of game design and apply that knowledge toward making successful products that people love to use.

Jon Larkin
Game Designer & Engineer

MAYApinion: App Engagement Metrics

Measuring usability and user satisfaction is a best practice and a key to success, but our experience is that few projects advance to the point where they’re accomplishing this — measuring usability or acting on what they learn. Unfortunately, there is no simple recipe or silver bullet, but even the effort put into determining what’s important will be valuable to your design process.

David Bishop
Lead Designer & Researcher