Archive for Product Design 2.0

Why Technologists and Designers Should Be BFFs

Technologists and engineers develop amazing new possibilities. But if no one understands how or why to use the technology that brings these possibilities to life, the technology is essentially useless.  It is an unfortunate dilemma. Sure, the technology is great. Sure, it is unique. Why…

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Volunteerism & Design

Sometimes giving of yourself is the best way to understand others. For our most recent project, we’ve embraced volunteerism as a way to get to design concepts. A big player in the tech world recently challenged Kicker Studio to design around women in Third World…

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Physical Interface and Embodied Cognition

At Kicker Studio, we’re interested in the idea of physical interface. We’re interested in discovering how we can take technology off the screen and make it become an additive that can be embedded into any product to make it stronger, smarter, and more powerful. Technology…

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Videos from Device Design Day 2011

Kicker Studio marked our 3rd Anniversary on August 8, 2011. To celebrate, we hosted the Second Annual Device Design Day at the San Francisco Art Institute, Jody’s alma matter. It was a great success thanks to inspiring speakers and involved attendees. Couldn’t make it? Don’t…

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Functional Cartography

One of the great things about working at a company with both interaction and industrial designers is that when collaboratively designing a device, you have better control over where bits of its functionality are located: in the hardware or the software. At Kicker, we call the activity of figuring out where a feature “lives” Functional Cartography.

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Review: Inside Steve’s Brain

Even though we’re all currently interested in what’s inside Steve’s torso, Inside Steve’s Brain
is a pretty good examination of the work life of Steve Jobs. It’s a quick, enjoyable read, with lots of juicy Apple tidbits.

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Kicker Launch Party and Tangible Tech Exhibition Opening

Yes, we’ve been in business for months now, but we’re finally getting around to our launch party. But we’re not just having one event, we’re having THREE.

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Review: The User Illusion

The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size by Tor Nørretranders is a remarkable book. It’s not hyperbole to say that it’s one of the most mind-blowing non-fiction books I’ve ever read, nor to say that nearly every page contains some sort of interesting or profound insight or revelation about the human mind.

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Open Source Shoes

For all of you aspiring shoe designers out there, swing by the Fluevog store in the Haight tomorrow and bring a drawing of your dream shoe. Fluevog is hosting a party to honor the latest winner of their Open Source Footwear project.  You can read…

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Takeaways from Robin Chase of Zipcar

Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar, spoke last night at one of the David H. Liu Lectures put on by Stanford’s Product Design Program. Here’s a few things I took away from it.

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