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Human factors for digital health

Human Factors and Ergonomics contribute towards Digital Health by providing an understanding of the healthcare system, making sure we get the right tool for the job and making sure that the tool fits and fit for purpose.


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Management of evaluations: Patients with ‘sensitive’ medical conditions

Conducting any kind of patient-centric evaluation can present numerous challenges; preparing for and conducting evaluation sessions with patients suffering from sensitive and changeable conditions (such as Alzheimer’s) can present even more complex challenges, as we found out on a study we conducted in the past year.


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Digitalised senses and e-commerce

Whether used for recreational benefits or more serious purposes; multi-sensory technology embedded into the retail scene shows how smell, taste, sight and sounds can be converted into revolutionary innovations


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Dialogue on beta testing at the Human Factors for Medical Devices workshop

Dr Chris Vincent, Human Factors & Ergonomics Principal at PDD, joined the conversation on beta testing at the Human Factors for Medical Devices workshop which took place at the Museum of London earlier this June.


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Colouring our taste

As the digital world is quickly taking over all aspects of people’s lives, we have come to realise that a return to the basics is a well-needed breath of fresh air


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HOME – The humanisation of pets

Our expectations of the home as a place of work, rest and play have evolved as family dynamics shift, new needs arise and technology advances. In this series of blog posts, we take a deep dive into the home and discover the products at the forefront of innovation. In this third post we take a look at pet care.


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HOME – The changing landscape of UK’s urban garden

Our expectations of the home as a place of work, rest and play have evolved as family dynamics shift, new needs arise and technology advances. In this series of blog posts, we are taking a deep dive into the home and discover the products at the forefront of innovation. In this second post we look at the garden.


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Driving innovation across geographies. PDD features in the 2015 New Design year book.

Vassilios Kanellopoulos, Business Development Director, and Vicky Hong, Business Development Manager, talk to New Design about our growing presence in Asia.


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HOME – Multifunctional, healthy and economical innovations in the kitchen

Our expectations of the home as a place of work, rest and play have evolved as family dynamics shift, new needs arise and technology advances. In this series of blog posts, we take a deep dive into the home and discover the products at the forefront of innovation. Up first, the kitchen.


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The Plastics Industry Awards 2014

That time of year has come again for ‘The Plastics Industry Awards 2014’. Every year it recognises the best that the UK plastics industry has to offer with 17 categories ranging from ‘Processor of the Year’ to ‘Apprentice of the Year’. PDD is a previous winner of ‘Industrial Product Design of the Year’ award, but this year I was lucky enough to be invited along as a finalist.


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Congratulations to Tom Hamilton for winning ‘Young Designer of the Year’

PDD is delighted to announce that Tom Hamilton, Consultant – Technical Design, has been awarded the Young Designer of the Year at the Plastics Industry Awards 2014 for his Zebro Leg Split design.


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PDD features in Design Magazine

PDD’s Heather McQuaid, Principal – Human-Centred Design and Vicky Hong, Business Development Manager (China), talk to Design Magazine about our Human-Centred Design approach for innovation, following the workshop PDD facilitated in IXDC 2014 Beijing.


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Headphones are the original wearable. PDD features in Fortune Magazine

Wearables are all the craze this year, but as the Apple acquisition of Beats shows us – the focus should be on headphones and not on the wrist. Marko Plevnik talks to Fortune Magazine on how the ‘original wearable’ has the potential to offer more than just a private music experience.


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My Top 10 Vending Machines

A vending machine is quite an interesting thing, other than existing since the early 20th century and now being as universal as sliced bread, the future direction for these vendors is just as fascinating as the stuff they dispense. So, I’ve decided to share with you my choice of the top 10 vending machines, and discuss how the marriages of new technologies and ‘convenience’ are revolutionising our fast-moving tech-savvy consumer culture.


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PDD features in TechRepublic: Wearables and fashion

Wearable devices are still trying to gain a solid foothold with consumers. The concept is already boring some, so PDD’s Simon Lamason talks to TechRepublic on what manufacturers can do to figure out how to appeal to the masses.


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PDD features in Soap Perfumery & Cosmetics Magazine

To create innovative beauty products and packaging, brands should look to other industries for inspiration and draw from their heritage. Maeve Keane and Sarita Wilkinson speak to Julia Wray.


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Today’s weather forecast comes from Oliver Breit!

Oliver Breit, Managing Director Asia, has been emailing over some rather spectacular photos of the weather viewed from our Hong Kong studio. From low lying moody black clouds to a large inflatable rubber duck in the river on a foggy day, these images have kept me regularly entertained and got me thinking about how we are all trying to predict the weather these days.


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New Kitchen trends from Ambiente 2013

Ambiente provides new kitchen inspiration every year. While the trend for vivid colour bursts was seen throughout the show by all the major exhibitors, only a few refreshing colour schemes stood out and contrasted with the rest of the products. In this post we take a look at the unique use of colour and texture that caught our eyes and collect some of our thoughts and insights into upcoming kitchen trends.


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