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FEA: A tool to manage risk in product innovation

Despite its many advantages, FEA is little known within parts of the design world and even less understood outside the industry. A quick dive into the subject is worthwhile for anyone with an interest in product design

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PDD at Brand Innovation and Evolution event in Shanghai

PDD Shanghai in collaboration with Process Group will host the Brand Innovation and Evolution event on 11th September 2018 from 1:30 p.m. at Xingguo Hotel B, No.78 Xingguo Road, Shanghai.

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The benefits of using Computational Fluid Dynamics as a tool for innovation

Alex Hanson discusses the benefits of using PDD’s Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) packages as a powerful tool for creativity and exploration throughout the design process.

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‘Insight Driven Innovation’, PDD features in New Design Year Book 2017.

Vassilios Kanellopoulos talks to New Design magazine about PDD enjoying another successful year creating innovative products, services and experiences for clients the world over.

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Brexit reaction – PDD features in newdesign magazine

Karsten Fischer – CEO at PDD, along with leading figures from across the industrial design industry offer their response to the result of June’s referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.

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Risk management: Tips from Bunyadi, London’s first naked restaurant

So the waiting list for London’s first naked restaurant has gone through the roof. The Bunyadi opens in June 2016 for three months and claims to offer diners an experience “free and unadulterated from the trappings of modern life” including phones, electric lights and even clothing. According to a press release, the naked themed menu includes vegan and omnivore dishes made with all-natural ingredients an d cooking methods, served on handmade clay plates, with edible cutlery.

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Top tips on ‘Employment for Graduates’

This year the Product Design and Innovation Conference reached its fifth year. It provides a place for designers and manufacturers to meet and discuss innovation and the product design industry. This year there were talks from; Design Partners, TEAMS Design, Chauhan Studio, BAC Mono, McLaren Technology Centre, Lenovo, Bacardi Global Brands, Kinneir Dufort, Speedo Aqualab, Whipsaw Ltd. to name a few of the 33 companies that the speakers were representing.

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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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VOKE – Nicotine inhaler licensed by the MHRA

As a designer I have always found the most rewarding products to develop are those that improve the quality of people’s lives: whether it’s medical equipment for new therapies, easier to use pharma devices, protective equipment for industry and defence or safety products for the rugged outdoors. Improving lives for me means delivering better and safer experiences and wellbeing, preferably also in a more efficient or sustainable way. There is a clear value attached to improving the quality of lives of users, so at the same time the endeavor is more likely to be a worthwhile to the producer also. At PDD we call this objective where parties win-win ‘Meaningful Innovation’.

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Can you teach an old brain new tricks?

Heart failure, Stroke, Cancer, Dementia, Malaria, Bird Flu or even Ebola – take your pick from the latest challenges in world health. Each account of these relative pandemics sweeping societies across the globe allude to being your next arch enemy, ‘the one you need to watch out for’. At the time of writing this blog, five of the major newspapers featured health related headlines including ‘Dementia patients cut loose’, ‘500,000 denied cancer drug’, ‘Statins health risk’, and ‘Superbugs will send us to the dark ages’ – it is clear that health is high on the public radar.

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‘Just around the Vend’ – Human Factors and Usability of Vending Machines

As a human factors and usability consultant I talk about usability a lot, unfortunately – but also understandably – most people do not share my enthusiasm; that is, until I apply it to something they find absolutely infuriating. This can range from tin openers to a local council website, whatever it may be it puts the problem in context. There’s one particular product that I find most people have a problem with, a product that irritates me so much that I will join in any conversation involving it. Admittedly there aren’t very many of these conversations, but they’re almost always focused on the criticism of usability; let’s see if you agree.

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Progress By Playing

It’s not often artists are allowed to experiment with expensive processes, probably because artists play, and playing doesn’t give a good a return on investment as say rapid prototyping for mass production would. But a research and development consultancy based in Cardiff have shown that allowing people to ‘play’ with these technologies can help open up new processes even for designers who have been using these tools for years.

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Links from the Studio (24.05.13)

If you need some inspiration on what to do this long weekend, how about clicking on the link from Felix: a rare colour film of London shot in 1927. It might even inspire you to go on a tour of the city. Whatever you choose to do have a great bank holiday weekend and if you do decide to take the tour, maybe avoid the open top buses!

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Links from the Studio (17.05.13)

The studio link-senders have been quite busy this week, and we’ve certainly got a nice eclectic mix for you. Felix’s link on the Millennials generation is a very interesting read. Supposedly, the people who were born between 1980 – 2000 are the most narcisstic, selfish and shallow generation yet. But they’re also the generation that will save us all. Enjoy!

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Links from the Studio (10.05.13)

In the UK, we celebrate Mothering Sunday on 30th March; however this coming Sunday 12th May marks International Mother’s Day for 83 countries around the world. Not only are you now more culturally aware, but you also have another reason to spoil your mother. We hope you enjoy this week’s links!

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Links from the Studio (03.05.13)

Morris dancing and maypoles – we wish everyone a very sunny and happy bank holiday in the UK today. And to our international readers, why not indulge in a little British tradition and don your bells and ribbons and join in the dancing?! To get you nice and relaxed for this 3-day weekend check out this week’s offering of links that have been sent around the studio this week.

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Links from the Studio (19.04.13)

Who would have thought that everything from your smartphone camera to memory foam mattress have come about as a direct result of NASA inventions? You learn something new every day. Fortunately, if you’re taking a look at this week’s Links from the Studio, you might just learn four or five weird and wonderful things. What did people do before the internet?

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Links from the Studio (12.04.13)

It’s Friday, the sun’s shining and we have another round of delightfully diverse links to share with you all. If you’ve ever wondered what the size of the universe is (who hasn’t?) I recommend checking out Marie’s link. And as always, we have a couple from PDD’s cycling enthusiasts… enjoy!

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Survival of the fittest: The future of retail spaces

According to a survey by Mintel, 92% of internet users in the UK have shopped online. This has increased by 16% in the last year and since the recession in 2008 high street retailers have had a tough time competing with cheaper and more convenient online shopping. As a result, 1 in 7 shops on the UK high-street are now empty. In this blog post I will be talking about how online shopping could become more dominant and what will replace these retail spaces.

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Links from the Studio (05.04.13)

For your delectation this week – a smorgasbord of links from urban prototyping to a psychological test that will make you go “doh!” And, if you are still hungry for more you can always check out the US TV interview with Design Consultant Roger, on his encounter with a shark. Enjoy!

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