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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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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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The craft of coffee – Part 2: Science and experimentation

The second part of our coffee series looks at how science and technology have allowed professional coffee makers to fully understand the volatile process of making the perfect cup of coffee, tuning machinery and techniques to get the best out of the coffee bean.

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Links from the studio – Wearable technology in healthcare

It has been a bumper month for interesting links here in the studio with the longer days no doubt adding to the teams thirst for knowledge. Beating back breakthrough stories such as the ‘FDA approves first mind controlled prosthetic arm’ and ‘The world’s first Braille phone’, the king of the hill last month for me was a reminder to the days of the popular BBC program Tomorrows World showcasing the forefronts in technology set to change the future, that often many years later appeared to fizzle out disappointingly.

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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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The craft of coffee – Part 1: Experiences and people

Our appetite for coffee is staggering. The UK’s consumption, for example, is defying all odds, reaching a staggering £6.2bn turnover in 2013 = bucking most other retail trends in the same period. In this series of blog posts we will delve into the pinnacle of the industry – the world of craft, or specialty coffee, and outline some of the latest trends to understand what might (and how it might) be served in a high-street coffee shop near you soon.

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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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‘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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Extreme immersion: Reliving the Zombie epidemic

Two years ago, the zombie industry was already worth $5billion but more recently, zombies have become more popular than ever before thanks to the likes of World War Z and the increasing popularity of The Walking Dead TV series. Their apocalyptical world has stimulated the imagination of many people, with the surprising use of gamification in a range of subjects and activities…including a real-life ‘survival’ game of tag in London.

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If your customers need help to understand; you should probably redesign to help

The complexity and frustrations of train tickets As a very frequent business traveler I’ve often wondered how I can fly long-haul with an e-ticket, but to travel by a train requires a stack of tickets. It doesn’t seem possible to buy ‘a return train ticket’ on a single piece of card? About two dozen cards […]

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Highlights: The Baby Show 2014

There are certain challenges to bringing-up-baby in the city, whether it’s London, Paris, New York, Tokyo or Seoul – from negotiating your way around public transport to being able to sterilize on the go without having to carry around a plethora of bulky equipment, and even smaller space living. In our blog this week we’ll be taking a look at some of the smart solutions for the ‘Urban Baby’ featured at The Baby Show this year at London’s ExCel, and how the theme spans across categories from transport to feeding on-the go.

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Protecting for the future

The demand for products, services and systems for helping parents to protect their children at various stages of their lives is growing, and nowhere was that more evident than at the Baby Show 2014 at the ExCel, London in February. Amongst monitoring equipment, sterilisers and other products surrounding ‘baby wellbeing’, the presence of an altogether different form of protection for your child, in fact your future grownup child, featured at the show.

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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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Paul Smith: ‘What’s next?’ DM25 talk series

As part of its 25th anniversary, the Design Museum asked leading designers and architects to talk about the future of design and how the design world is changing. Paul Smith opened the series in February with an inspirational talk on the need to reinvent ourselves in an ever changing world.

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Links from the studio – ‘Hacking for good’

It’s been a turbulent month of weather to say the least, but hopefully we’re through the worst and the onset of the lighter evenings brings hope of spring. This link shared around the PDD London studio shows how a Flood Hack event instigated by Number 10 and attended by engineers from Microsoft, Facebook and Google as well as independent developers, has the potential to help thousands through live data and data availability.

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Highlights from Pharmapack Paris 2014

Pharmapack 2014, Europe’s main exhibition for pharma and healthcare packaging and drug delivery, has been another successful event for the PDD medical team. Attended by our well-connected Head of Medical Alun Wilcox and me – Sergio Malorni, we had many meet-ups with our past and current clients where we discussed their latest developments and initiatives. Likewise with our simple and clear message, our stand attracted other pharma reps new to us wanting to know how we can potentially respond to their many product development and usability engineering challenges. Let’s see what develops for us in the coming year. As for the exhibition the appropriate size and quality of suppliers and conference talks made this event well-liked; the show was focused which make it attractive for decision-makers to attend.

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The economics of sustainability – part one

I hope you all enjoyed my last post on ‘How design can change the world’. In this post, I’ll concentrate on the economic case for fulfilling a full-scale migration toward environmental sustainment, through design, in addition to the wider global economy. So, are we moving toward a greening of capitalism?

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Links from the studio – ‘Life with less plastic’

So it’s the end of the first month and we’re well into February of 2014, the calorific pig out and family spools of the Christmas break is all but a distant memory. With the promises of frequent exercise, healthy eating, lifestyle changes and personality complexes all too ambivalently pursued (and failed), here at PDD we’ve sourced a more realistic and rewarding change that you can easily incorporate into the year ahead.

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Celebrating the year of the horse

Now becoming a major calendar event in the West, the Chinese New Year is on us again with the Year of the Horse. Many big Western brands are looking to appeal to these discerning Chinese consumers during the festive period through limited-editions and zodiacal inspired products. We’ll be taking a look at some of the products which pay homage to the Year of the Horse, from traditional approaches to more modern and colourful takes… Happy Chinese New Year to you all!

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3D-printing our way to the future…

Toys, products prototypes, automotive parts, guns, shoes, medical implants, prosthetics, ceramics, meat, gold… It is starting to sound like we are on our way to be able to 3D print our way to the future. Possibilities are already endless, and as research and technology develop, who knows what can become possible!

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