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Rhiza Named One of Pittsburgh’s 10 Fastest Growing Tech Companies

Aug 24 2012 in Notes from the Field

MAYA spin-off Rhiza Labs has been recognized by the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of the region’s 100 fastest growing companies. As part of the list, Rhiza ranked in the top 10 of all technology companies and in the top 50 overall.

MAYA Presents a Project at Portal Bridge Design Symposium

Feb 22 2012 in Notes from the Field

MAYA is one of five nationally recognized design teams to publicly present their design concepts for the Portal Bridge, the iconic entranceway to Pittsburgh’s Point State Park. The company’s design proposal will be presented at a symposium to be held at the Carnegie Museum of Art Lecture Hall …

Consumer Electronics Show Features Craftsman and LiftMaster Brands’ Apps

Feb 20 2012 in Notes from the Field

Both Craftsman® and LiftMaster® brands captured lots of attention at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for their Apps to control and monitor a garage door remotely by smartphone or computer. MAYA helped design these user interfaces. Brian Cooley (CNET’s “Top 5” host) remarked …

Best Design Articles of 2011

Jan 06 2012 in Notes from the Field

Welcome to 2012… We’ve pored over MAYA’s Feed posts for the past year, internal “you should all read this” emails, and a few of our favorite blogs. Here’s MAYA’s take on the best design articles of 2011.

David Bishop
Lead Designer & Researcher

The MAYAn Action League

Dec 10 2011 in Notes from the Field

Introducing the MAYAn Action League! Collect them all!

TEDTalk - Innovate:Education - The next literacy

Jun 07 2011 in Notes from the Field

What if there were a basic literacy beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic that we missed, or that wasn’t necessary until this moment in our history? And what if that new literacy were the organizing principle between STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and SEL (social, emotional learning)? What if it could help the least among us leapfrog over the mainstream? What if it could help build collaborative, resilient, creative, & critical thinkers in an age of exponential change?

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal

TEDxCMU MAYA Presentation now live!

Apr 27 2011 in Connected World

What can Nature’s design patterns teach us about computing? Containerization, liquid currency, and the possibilities of a trillion node world all packed into 20 minutes of TED.

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal

MAYA Design wins Health 2.0 DC code-a-thon

Feb 16 2011 in Notes from the Field

On Saturday, five curious MAYAns attended the Health 2.0’s first east coast code-a-thon in Washington, DC. (link) We hadn’t done anything like this in the past and we weren’t sure what to expect, but boy what a wonderful experience…

Rock, Paper, Scissors - Part 1: Architecture

A friend of mine seems to be obsessed with using the game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” to settle just about any dispute that arises in our team meetings. Most people think “Rock, Paper, Scissors” is a simple game of chance. Everyone knows the rules; rock breaks scissors, paper covers rock, scissors cut paper. Since it seems random, most of us just decide to play a favorite; I usually play rock, as an opening gambit. Sure enough every once in a while I get lucky. I’ve noticed that most of the time though, my friend wins. I decided I wanted to find out why…

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal

To iPad or not to iPad.

Jan 31 2010 in Notes from the Field

First thoughts about Apple’s new iPad in the context of the future.

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal