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Design Talk 28. Roger Andersson Reimer, co-founder, TOPP; multi-touchpoint design

Roger Andersson Reimer, co-founder and UX Director of Swedish design agency TOPP, talks to Marek Pawlowski, founder of MEX, about multi-touchpoint experience design. The discussion includes TOPP’s emergence from the history of TAT and Blackberry, their work on wearables for Samsung and Pins Collective, design tools for next generation distributed experiences and the roots of Roger’s design education.

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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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Living with a Huawei Watch

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Living with a Huawei Watch

I don’t enjoy wearing a watch these days. My own – a heavy, analogue thing made of steel and sapphire glass – spends most of its time on my bedside table, gathering dust. It has the occasional outing when I remember I like the look of it peaking from a shirt cuff or so I can glance at tide times when I’m on the water and am unwilling to carry a fragile smartphone in the boat.

I am, therefore, an unlikely candidate to appreciate a smartwatch. However, I was eager to try the latest genera…

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Experiencing the Apple Watch at retail

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Experiencing the Apple Watch at retail

The Apple Watch occupied about 20 times more floorspace than the new MacBook when I visited the company’s Regent Street store in April 2015. The Watch’s display units stretch the full width of the store and are the first things a customer sees upon entering. The MacBook, in contrast, is tucked away at the back on a single table with about 8 demonstration units. Is this a reflection of the superior margins commanded by the Watch or rather an implicit acknowledgement this new product category r…

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The demise of smarter rectangles

When a man like Sundar Pichai, responsible for the platform powering the majority of the world’s mobile devices, speaks up, one does well to take note. Android is understood today in the context of how well it performs on the little slabs of plastic, metal and glass we call smartphones and tablets. It is easy to mistake these devices, Android and otherwise, as an industry in themselves – the ‘mobile industry’ which will gather for its annual jamboree in Barcelona next week.

However, in hi…

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