On the Origin of Things

In 1859, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species and described the means by which populations evolve—that environmental pressures naturally select the individuals best suited to their habitat to procreate. Culminating from this work was a phylogenetic tree of life, graphically illustrating and describing the relationships between the species of the world and how…

Hierarchy of Possibilities: Designing Smart IoT Products

In simplifying complex systems that involve humans, frameworks such as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs are often used to model product and service features based on various predetermined scenarios. Such frameworks are often taken out of context of their original proposition, and lack empirical evidence. For example, Maslow originally proposed his hierarchy as a set of…

How IoT Can Help Feed 9 Billion People

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts that by 2050, the world population will rise by 2.3 billion and, to effectively feed that population, our food production needs to increase by 70%. According to research conducted by the University of Minnesota, production for essential crops—such as maize and rice—is currently increasing by increments…

Ocean of Noise: The Sharing of Emotions Through Brain-to-Brain Communication

As we stand today, the ways in which humans communicate emotion are mediated by tools, such as pictures, body language, and spoken and written language morphologies constructed of recombinatory signs. Imaginative refinement of these base communications, combined with advancements in technology, have resulted in poems, songs, books, telegraph messaging, telephone calling, radio and television broadcasting,…

Power in Numbers: IoT and the Quantified Self

Self-knowledge through numbers has long been the unspoken slogan of the Quantified Self Movement (QSM). Since its inception, the movement’s goal has been to enable a better understanding of ourselves and our actions and motivators through a quantified lens. However, as wearables give us access to personalized data, they also allow the sharing of this…

An interview with Melora Zaner

Head of Mobile Design & UX, Digital; Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase This post originally appeared on the marcus evans website. Ahead of the 3rd Edition: Design Thinking for Banks & Financial Services Conference, marcus evans spoke with Melora Zaner, Head of Mobile Design & UX, Digital; Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase about the main challenges in integrating innovation into…

In America, the Product Buys You

In the 1950s, the Beat movement offered an alternative to North American capitalist culture. Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs and other writers, artists, and hipsters challenged post-war American conservatism and conformity. The extent of the Beats’ social and artistic influence is still vigorously discussed. The rise of conformist consumer culture and accompanying advertising…

The Present and the Possible: FutureWorld 2017

FITC recently hosted FutureWorld, a one-day event in Toronto where leading roboticists presented their perspectives on the recently possible, and their visions for what the future could look like. And, as artificial intelligence and robotics move out of research labs and into our daily routines, it’s undoubtedly time to ask questions about what’s on the horizon. The…

Designing Your Personal Brand

I recently told a friend that I was writing a piece about designing personal brands. “Sounds pretty gimmicky to me,” he replied. My friend’s response is not unusual; personal branding is often misunderstood and consequentially gets a bum rap. For many, it means a logo on your business card or designing a website. Others, like…

Our Experience at KeyShot RenderWorld

On May 15th and 16th, Luxion hosted their second annual KeyShot RenderWorld conference in sunny Huntington Beach, California. The conference brought together designers, product engineers, creative leaders, and artists from around the world to share knowledge and enthusiasm for KeyShot – a digital rendering software that allows users to generate photo-realistic product images from 3D…

The Brave New World of Work

There was a time when our futures were predictable. When the economy was stable and employment rates were relatively good, we enjoyed some degree of expectation that this would continue. The past dictated the future and it was the same view of the future our parents, teachers, and business leaders continued to nurture. “Get a…

The Real Dangers of Facebook Live

“Secrets are lies. Sharing is caring. Privacy is theft.” – Dave Eggers, The Circle Dave Eggers’s 2013 novel The Circle told the story of a giant company—think Facebook, Google, and Apple, all rolled into one—pushing for extreme “transparency” in a not-so-distant future society that has taken social sharing to a new level. Despite its clear…

Arepas, Fufu, and Gado Gado

Immigration and Canada’s Changing Culinary Landscape Last spring, as I was strolling through my local farmer’s market in Kitchener, Ontario, I had a sudden craving for pupusas, Salvadoran grilled corn cakes stuffed with beans and cheese. Glancing around at the food stalls while waiting for my fix, I saw another item on the menu that…

The Future of Truth in Business

“Truths are illusions of which one has forgotten that they are illusions.”  — Friedrich Nietzsche, from “On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense” “Never tell a lie when you can bullshit your way through.”  — Eric Ambler, from “The Dirty Story”   Ever since the US Presidential election, it has become fashionable to lament that we…