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Links from the studio: How wearables can make technology more personable

Wearables have once more caused a stir in the studio; with always more potential but also unexpected (and sometimes questionable) applications being revealed every day. Wearables still need to come of age, but one thing is certain: they make technology ever more personal. Take Google’s ‘smart lens’ technology, released earlier this year, which could make wearables less about you interacting with a worn device and more about the worn device serving you, seamlessly blending with your life.

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Links from the studio-How to disappear

So the internet has been an important pillar in society for a few decades now, but as the NSA spying scandal showed all of us – our vulnerability online is not limited to cyber criminals. Over the last few months there have been a plethora of articles on how to erase your online self, exemplified through the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling on ‘the right to be forgotten’. After all, everything we do online these days is tracked and recorded, unless you solemnly use Snapchat that is.

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Links from the Studio (13.12.13)

Finally, let me announce the winner of our PDD Hat competition! I have been waiting for this moment for a week. The overall favourite went to Maria, ‘Rockin’ around the Christmas tree’! The best effort went to Mark, ‘The original Christmas Hat’. Lastly, the best Christmas themed award went to Stephanie, ‘Walking in a wine-ter wonder – band’. Congratulations!

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Links from the Studio (06.12.13)

Yes! Tonight is PDD Christmas party. Let the game begin! We start with the PDD Christmas Hat competition! Vote now for your favourite design!

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Links from the Studio (29.11.13)

What would you do with the 55 million image uploads to Instagram every day? Well, how about a tour around the world in 852 pictures? This ingenious stop motion video created by art director Julien Thomas uses only crowd-sourced images from 852 individual Instagramers. Check it out!

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Links from the Studio (15.11.13)

I love London. It is one of the most diverse cities in the world. Research shows 37% of the population are foreign-born residents and one of the greatest benefits of this diversity is of course the culture of food. This week, Nori, our Senior Consultant – Industrial Design, shares a London Map of Ramen! Enjoy!

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Links from the Studio (08.11.13)

I love creative advertising for food. For example the fun posters from Pret A Manger shows different types of fruit and vegetable assembled together in various shapes, such as bunnies, kettles, bowling pins etc. It’s such a nice way to showcase not only the freshness of their products, but also their sense of humour. “Broccoli’s Extreme Makeover”, a link sent by Robbie this week, explores how Ad agency, Victors & Spoils, have created a great campaign about Broccoli. Enjoy!

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Links from the Studio (01.11.13)

Looking back, a lot has happened this week. On Monday we went through the worst storm on record in five years. However, sunlight always comes after rains and winds so we wish you a great weekend! (Fingers crossed)

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Links from the Studio (25.10.13)

‘What a week’s food shopping looks like around the world’, a link sent by Maeve this week, totally grabbed my attention. It’s really interesting to see the diversity of food people consume based on where they live. It reminds me of one of Heather’s blogs, where she says, “Monocultures do not exist in nature because they are not sustainable. Natural systems are resilient because of their diversity…”

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Links from the Studio (18.10.13)

Today we sadly say goodbye to Ross our Modelmaker & CNC Engineer and fellow running partner for the past two and half years. We will miss him and wish him all the best of luck in his future endeavour!

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Links from the Studio (11.10.13)

Technology has changed the world and definitely changed the way we live: from getting a free cup of coffee by just accidently yawning in front of a vending machine, to sitting back and enjoying this ultra HD 4K TV. Now you can even detect food allergens with smartphones. What could we possibly think of next? Explore the list of links sent from our studio below. Have a great weekend y’all!

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Links from the Studio (04.10.13)

Four million bottles and each one of them unique… How many limited edition of Absolut Vodka bottles have you collected? Amy shared a link this week about Absolut Vodka’s much-deserved win of the Pentawards 2013 – the first and only global packaging design competition. Congratulations!

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Links from the Studio (27.09.13)

As a child, I dreamt of becoming an anatomist. Fate decided otherwise, but I never lost my fascination for the complexity of the human body. If you need to be reminded of our awesomeness, check out this link below where you can explore the human body in detail using a 3D interactive visual search tool!

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Links from the Studio 13.09.13

Nearly everywhere I turn I see these colourful pieces on housing estates, cemeteries, tube stations and shop walls. If you’re lucky enough to have one on your house, it could even increase the price of your home. Yes, I am taking about street art. As part of our #LDF13 Human-Centred Design workshops we will also be running street art tours in collaboration with a local expert. Book your place for a graffiti tour to discover a different side of East London. And here are this weeks links from the studio.

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Links from the Studio 06.09.13

‘Wake me up before September ends…’ Most of us are still in a comfortable summer daze, expecting yet another day of warmth and sunshine in London. We forgot about the rain, the wind and the grey sky are peeking and creeping into our lives. Time to start carrying an umbrella again… Have a good weekend!

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Links from the Studio 30.08.13

‘Simple, but not easy!’ To create a breath-taking, efficient and simple product, clear and logical ‘design thinking’ is a must. It can help to deliver an accurate and effective result. Check out the link below from Matt Candy: a talk by Peter Day about how innovative designers use special thinking processes in the real world.

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Links from the Studio (23.08.13)

7 continents, 5 oceans and 196 countries… A link sent by Simon offers you an exciting voyage of discovery through 40 informative maps of our planet, bursting with interesting facts. Have a safe journey!

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Links from the Studio (09.08.13)

We certainly have got an interesting and experimental mix of PDDers in our studio! Today’s unusual list of links includes everything from an innovative ‘home protein farm’, to an Oreo separating machine, and even a DIY digital camera kit aimed at teaching children how the tech they use every day works. Enjoy!

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Links from the Studio (02.08.13)

A history of the sky: this 5 minute video presents a year-long time-lapse of the sky from the roof of the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco though 360 movie panels, each of which shows a single day. It rains more often mid-year, and it’s sunny and cloudy at the end of the year. So let’s embrace the weather, whatever it may be, after all it takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow! Life is beautiful.

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Links from the Studio (26.07.13)

Making your holiday mosquito free is no longer a dream. Check out the link below sent by Stephanie, Consultant – Human Factor& Usability. This tiny, wearable piece called ‘The Kite Patch’ can be detected by those nimble little ‘bloodsuckers’ and make you affectively invisible to them. Sounds super!

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