Archive for Projects in Process

Things we’re kicking around: content across multiple devices

As you may have guessed from our survey the other day, we’re thinking about how people consume content on individual devices and in an ecosystem of devices for an OEM in Silcon Valley. Conquering a single device is much easier than the ecosystem, both for…

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Things we’re kicking around: prototyping a digital experience with analog tools

Kicker is helping a big player in Silicon Valley design an intuitive wearable device. We envisioned a solution that everyone loved in theory, but no one could imagine how it would work in practice. We needed something the team could hold in their hands and…

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The Magic of Low-Fi Prototyping

Thanks to all of you who came out last night for our Arduino workshop with Massimo Banzi. We will post a wrap up of the event shortly. The event inspired great conversation among our guests and it inspired us to to share our thoughts on…

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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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Kicker Studio at the SF GOOD Ideas for Cities event

GOOD and the City of SF challenged Kicker Studio to make use of the abundance of data feeds available through the SF Department of Technology. We developed a solution to help people make better transportation choices. Here is the video of Jody’s presentation on ForaTV….

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The Behavior of Magazines

Recently, I read an article by Khoi Vinh, entitled iPad Magazines Go to ’11, expounding on the failure of digital magazines. He suggested the problem is in the glossy presentation layer of the content. Let’s not be duped into this, again. People love “glossy”. It’s…

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Kicker Tea Project: Changing Concepts

For the past two months, we’ve been racing forward on our tea project with a concept we dubbed The Hourglass. But no longer.

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Kicker Tea Project: Industrial Design Refinement and Mechanical Engineering

We’ve been been digging deep into the industrial design and mechanical engineering for the teapot.

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Kicker Tea Project: Selecting a Direction, Functional Cartography

We didn’t pay too much attention to it at the time, since it was one sketch out of the dozens we made, and we were focusing a lot for a time on a tea stick concept instead of a tea pot. But one of our industrial designers, Emily, remembered the idea and worked up some sketches around what became known as the H— concept.

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Kicker Tea Project: Competitive Analysis, Design Principles, and Initial Concepting

As our tea project progresses, we’re looking at many of the products in the space and what people are saying about them, focusing on forms, materials, and any issues tea drinkers have encountered.

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