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£3m to fund early stage design innovation

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£3m to fund early stage design innovation

Design Foundations is a funding programme offering £3m to support early stage investment in design. Announced at a London event on 17th January 2017, it is the first Innovate UK funding of its kind with an explicitly horizontal remit, intended to help a broad range of sectors achieve new business outcomes through explorative design approaches.

Highlights

  • !–block–£1m available in the first round, registration closes 15th February 2017
  • !–block–Individual grants of between £20,000…
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Living in the machine to hone IoT design skills

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Living in the machine to hone IoT design skills

Part of a new MEX series highlighting compelling case studies which catch our eye.  Follow MEX @mexfeed or by signing-up for the weekly email newsletter.

Alloy’s case study of internal efforts to improve internet of things (IoT) design skills is thorough and rich with insight.  Their motivation was two-fold:

  1. Better understanding of IoT, a theme of emerging client demand
  2. Testing a theory about the need to live and breath their digital materials to refine their own processes

In th…

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The day Google invited me to learn papier mâché

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The day Google invited me to learn papier mâché

It started like any average Thursday: I responded to a few messages and checked on project progress in our MEX Basecamp.  It was when I opened my Google calendar to review the rest of the day that things got a little weird.

“News Year’s resolution?” Google asked me.  There was no small talk.  Google seemed to think I needed some self improvement and it got straight to the point.

Immediately I was curious: not because I was especially in search of a resolution (indeed, I am steadfast…

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Video: Rich Clayton’s #mexsession on UX at the intersection of physical & digital

 

When Rich Clayton (@monkeymischief | monkeymischief.net) took on the role of Creative Director at Loaded Magazine, it was a publication adrift – in need of both a new content direction to reflect the evolving tastes of its community and a new delivery experience to reflect the multi-touchpoint way in which readers now consume across physical and digital channels. In this March 2014 video recorded at MEX/14 in London, Clayton shares how his background in user…

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Design Talk 26. Wearable experience design

Marek Pawlowski and Alex Guest take up Patrizia Bertini’s challenge from the last episode and go in search of wearable technology beyond the smartwatch and fitness tracker. After questioning the term ‘wearable’ itself, Marek and Alex cite examples ranging from illuminated clothing to medical implants, before searching for design approaches which might result in products more relevant to users’ lives.  Marek challenges listeners to abandon the smartphone as the anchor point for wearable produc…

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How artificial intelligence nuances experience design

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How artificial intelligence nuances experience design

Through our recent podcast interviews and conference sessions (e.g.Nathan Benaich and Ed Rex), I’ve become more aware of how the intricacies of machine learning impact the end user experience.  In particular, the choice of neural network technique (there are several different approaches) and the balance between the use of human classifiers versus purely machine-classified data.

A team from Google is sharing a multi-part series on their research blog about how they’re using these techniques…

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Pin badge with a multi-touchpoint design approach

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Pin badge with a multi-touchpoint design approach

Part of a new MEX series highlighting compelling case studies which catch our eye.  Follow MEX @mexfeed or by signing-up for the weekly email newsletter.

Pins Collective is a $69 wearable digital badge which can be personalised to display different images.

Quite apart from being a rather lovely product, it caught my attention as a case study example of multi-touchpoint experience design, a subject close to the heart of the MEX community for many years.  This evolving practice is charact…

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User story: all change on the train

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User story: all change on the train

It’s a grey, chilly morning the week before Christmas.

I’m walking through the ticket barriers to board the London train at my end-of-the-line station in Norfolk. I’m pressed for time because, once again, I had to help an elderly passenger who had fallen victim to the unfathomable interface of the car park machine. Festive cheer is running low.

“Good morning, sir,” said the ticket attendant. “And Merry Christmas.” He smiled and handed me a small box of chocolates, decorated with toy tra…

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New digital opportunities in the macro view

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New digital opportunities in the macro view

In tech, it is always tempting to focus on the micro, but we forget the influence of the macro at our peril.  For instance, while countless words continue to be written on reassuringly easy subjects like iOS versus Android, less time is dedicated to understanding which innovations have the potential to alter long-term behaviour and categories of spending.

This led me to choose the chart above for my Friday inspiration, showing how Americans have been spending their money for the last 75 ye…

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