Robot-Centered Design

The Future of User-Centered Design Has a New Kind of Stakeholder You’re a designer. You create products, experiences, services, buildings, and more. Each time you begin the design process, you consider the multitude
 of touchpoints and features of your design and how they will engage with your intended user. This is the logic of the…

Thinking Design Thinking, One More Time

This is an updated version of an article 
I wrote in 2007 while waiting for a flight. I think it is time to revisit and update 
this article, as “design thinking” is in a very different state today than it was
 10 years ago, with organizations practicing it to different degrees of maturity. Before my…

Exploring the Creative Process Through An Industrial Designer’s Lens

Industrial designers shape our world through products, services, and experiences.  Today we have vastly more powerful tools and deeply insightful methods at our fingertips, allowing industrial designers to inform the creative process as never before. As observers of user needs and identifiers of market expectations, they have a vital role to play in meeting challenges…

Cautious Play

Taking a Purposeful Approach to Innovation   In 1956, President Eisenhower set in motion the largest public works program in history: the creation of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (also known as the Interstate Highway System). The program was envisioned as a grand solution for addressing problems of road…

Hyperloop Suburb: Reimagining the Dystopian Community

The suburbs have received an increasingly negative reputation due to their poverty-stricken beginnings in the 1920s, and their continued evolution into cookie-cutter, isolated communities for the middle class American in the 21st century. When we think of these family-dominated communities, we typically feel a sense of dystopian fear, an anxiety that lingers somewhere between an…

Odile Decq and the Romance of Disagreement

Odile Decq is an award-winning French architect and urban planner, with an innate ability to bring together multiple disciplines and trains of thought to produce highly sophisticated designs. Since her first major commission for La Banque Populaire de l'Ouest in Rennes, France, she has become a radical voice in architecture research, being awarded The Golden…

A New World of Wireless Audio: The Headphone by Bragi

There are few things as relaxing as losing yourself in a song or a podcast. Blocking out the chaos of the day and immersing yourself in an audio experience can be a stress-relieving, endorphin-filled experience of delight. The Headphone by Bragi is the ideal partner for achieving this serene state – or for simply taking…

Lisbon’s Old and New

In her introduction to Neal Slavin’s 1971 photo book Portugal, 
Mary McCarthy observes that while people visit Portugal to see the old, the Portuguese insist on showing them the new. Having lived 
in Lisbon, I return often to visit the spots I know and love – but I am constantly reminded to visit all that…

Upgrade Your Living Room with Sé Collections

London-based furniture and lighting line Sé Collections strikes a pleasing balance between luxury and sleekness. Their mission to “reclaim the glamour and quality of 20th century furniture” has undoubtedly been realized, and since their launch in 2007, they have partnered with some of the best designers in the world to produce a collection of beautifully…

Stay in Style in Tokyo: The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon

Located in the Asakusa area
 of Tokyo, the Gate Hotel Kaminarimon is perfect if you’re looking for a little reprieve from the hustle and bustle of areas like Shibuya, but still want to stay close to the action. With a famous market and the Sensō-ji Buddhist temple just a few minutes away, you could easily…

From Robots to Temples: A Neighborhood Guide to Tokyo

Japan has been at the top of travelers’ 
lists for a while now, and Tokyo remains one of the most astounding and complex cities in the world. From its extraordinary culinary scene and trippy technology, to beautiful temples and serene parks, it’s truly a city of extremes. Here, we explore some of the most fascinating…

The Strength in Heterogeneity of Purpose

OBSERVATIONS FROM RESEARCH-BASED PHARMA I am fortunate to feel passionate about each aspect of my professional life, which has helped me understand how having a sense of purpose is key to enjoying and finding fulfillment in the long days, immense challenges, and difficult roadblocks I must navigate to be successful in my career. In my…

Millennial CEOs in the Making

Preparing Today’s Millennial Leaders To Become Tomorrow’s Great CEOs  In the not-too-distant future, we will see millennials joining the ranks of C-suites, becoming CEOs of large enterprises, and taking their place as the pre-eminent leaders of tomorrow. Today, millennials (roughly considered to be those between 18 and 34 years of age) are 76 million strong…

From Entertainment to Experience

No longer shrouded by the stigma of nerdiness, today’s comic conventions are more than just a place where adults gather to play dress-up or meet their real-life superheroes – they’re where the future of entertainment unfolds. Drawing hundreds of thousands of self-proclaimed nerds, as well as the companies who court them as customers, comic conventions…