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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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PDD rolls out successfully its Innovation Training programme in Asia

One of PDD’s objectives has been to build on the success of its Innovation Training programme and expand it into Asia. Last year, PDD organised several taster HCD workshops during IXDC and delivered a private customised workshop to one of its clients in Asia. PDD’s first Asia specific public ‘Accelerating Innovation through Human-Centred Design (HCD)’ workshop took place in Shanghai on 19th and 20th July, and thankfully it occurred just before the heatwave hit 40℃!

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A great day out at the 30th J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

PDD’s London team took part in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge®. The 5.6K run was to raise funds for charity, Age UK. It was also a great opportunity for some good old team bonding and camaraderie…

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How much Human Factors Usability is needed to prove a device is safe, effective and usable?

In my career I have been lucky enough to gain varying perspectives on the role of usability during the development of medical devices. I’ve worked as part of a design team with a responsibility for concept generation, preliminary research and detailed design. I’ve also worked as part of a human factors team with a broader remit for integrating human factors process across an organisation. One thing experience has taught me is that there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to usability work.

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Virtual Reality (VR) in healthcare – focusing on the user need

Last Thursday I got the opportunity to learn about the latest and greatest in VR and its applications in healthcare, courtesy of Health Tech Women. Over the course of 2 hours, the Virtual Reality Breakfast event in London showed how VR really is no longer just about video gaming and is being used to transform healthcare across a range of therapy areas.

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How patient-centric is the pharma industry?

In this first post of a three-part series, we look at the state of patient-centricity in the pharma industry today. In recent times, the pharma industry has increasingly adopted the mantra of“patient-centricity” which aims to put the patient at the heart of the company’s operation. The reality, however, still looks very different. Many are quick […]

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Hozelock Cloud Controller wins Garden Product of the Year at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Hozelock Cloud Controller smart garden watering system has picked up its third major award since its recent launch, receiving the Garden Product of the Year Award 2016 from Chelsea Flower Show organisers The Royal Horticultural Society.

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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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Tips on how to approach medical device usability in China

What happens when usability research is conducted abroad? A team from PDD have been working closely with international manufacturing organisations to develop medical devices for the Chinese inpatient market. This means that usability research has been conducted in Chinese and reported in English. This blog explores the benefit that usability research provides when implemented across international teams and how to overcome issues that may be encountered along the way. It amalgamates our insights taken from a number of usability projects conducted in China.

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A rewarding start to the year!

It’s been a great start to 2016. The first quarter is not yet over and already PDD has 3 new prestigious design awards to its name. PDD’s work with the health & personal care brand Swisslux and the Zyliss kitchenware brand has been awarded with Red Dot design awards. This was followed by a German Design Award for the Testo 870 Thermal Imager.

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Design Shanghai 2016: Pursuit of the natural and traditional

Design Shanghai is China’s biggest design show. The four-day-long annual event centres on the high-end contemporary market, showcasing designer products ranging from home furnishings to office supplies.

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The future of 3D printing for medical applications

The hype surrounding 3D printing has swelled substantially in the past few years, largely driven by accessible design platforms, customisation and distributed manufacturing. While aesthetic design applications can be fascinating in their own right, are all of the functional benefits of 3D printing technologies receiving the attention they deserve?

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Testo 870 – Thermo Imaging Camera – Wins German Design Award 2016

We’re proud to announce that this month, the PDD designed T870 Thermo Imaging Camera, won the 2016 German Design Award.

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The Role of Human-Centred Design in Healthcare Reform and Transformation

All too often our health care is taken for granted, and we assume it will always be available to serve our community’s needs. The question is “How healthy are our healthcare facilities to handle the diversity of services and to produce healthy outcomes for an expansive and unprecedented market of six (6) living generations – all distinctively different with a diverse set of needs and priorities?”

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Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the year of the monkey.

The Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey is coming! 2004 was the last Year of the Wood Monkey. In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth, which means that a Wood Monkey or a Fire Monkey comes once in a 60-year cycle. (Read more about Chinese New Year from buzzle). And this year could be more precious than ever.

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Green, skinny and a bit spaced out – the future of homes

For the first time in history, more people live in cities than outside them. Rapid urbanisation, resource scarcity and key climatic changes are adding to the pressure on policy makers and those tasked with designing, planning and constructing urban environments. At the same time, a growing number of consumers are coming to demand and expect to live and work in spaces that are not just good for their health and happiness, but are also energy efficient and respectful of the environment.

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Christmas then and now: Nostalgic gifts get a digital makeover

As is customary at this time of year, many of us have given some thought as to what we’d like for Christmas. Leo, my three-year-old nephew, has his wish list sorted. First up, he wants a Jessie the Yodelling Cowgirl figure – she of Toy Story film fame – who was, according to the Wall Street Journal, one of the hottest toys of the season back at Christmas 1999.

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Something in the air

Fog. We’ve all been through it. Even by UK standards, the hazy cloud that recently hung over Britain is a bit unusual and, evidently, more than a bit disruptive. The visibility problems arising from fog make road and air travel more dangerous. However, even unusually heavy fog does not pose a danger to our health. It is only when fog combines with air pollutants to form smog that it can cause both short-term and long-term adverse effects on health. Short-term effects include upper respiratory infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis; long-term effects include cancer, lung and heart diseases.

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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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FDA: Outlook on legacy devices

Chris Vincent and I recently attended an AAMI training course held in Dublin on Human Factors for Medical devices. EU manufacturers and consultancies all attended with the hope of having some questions answered by the FDA.

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