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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 focus of our Deep Dive Human-Centred Design workshop is…

In early January we asked people on our mailing list to let us know which topic they’d like see in a Human-Centred Design workshop from the list below.

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4 User Interface trends caused by the smartphone revolution

On January 10th 2015, the iPhone celebrated its 8th birthday. Although there’s little doubt about the impact the iPhone and its fellow smartphones have had, we’ve recently reached an important milestone: In the late part of 2014 smartphone internet traffic overtook desktop internet traffic for the first time and this growth is set to continue. Now more than ever, putting mobile interaction first is vital for any website to survive.

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Another successful year of exciting product launches for PDD

As another year reaches its climax, it’s time to say thank you…

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James Bond’s Christmas wish list

He’s smart, charismatic, smooth and notably the recent Daniel Craig version of Bond; broody – my favourite of all. This is a secret agent who has been gifted the best innovative gadgets from MI6 Quartermaster ‘Q’; false fingerprints, invisible cloak for his car, broom radio and Bell Textron Jet Pack to name a few. However, if you had to gift Bond a Christmas gadget, what would it be?

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Links from the studio: A worthy wearable

2014 seems to have become the ‘Year of the Wearable’ with an ever increasing range of new devices that compete for some of the high value real estate that is your body. Will there be space under the Christmas tree this year for all the Fitbits, GoPros, Withings, Tiles and Ups?

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INSIGHT: Why fitness is the gateway drug for wearable tech

Sarita Wilkinson features in StrategyEye and shares her opinion on the latest report from Juniper Research who predicts fitness wearable tech devices look more likely to drive the wearable space than smart watches.

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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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Cost acceptable & customised innovation – Chinese brands go global!

After attending CEF electronics show in Shanghai, Emily Lai investigates how local Chinese brands can survive and thrive if they want to expand in a global market place. What will set these Chinese brands apart from other players within their own highly competitive and fast moving marketplace?

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Talent on the tube

As a university placement student at PDD, this is the first time I’ve had to commute to work. When possible I cycle the 9 miles from my flat to the office but sometimes there’s no avoiding it. Personally, I’ve never seen the appeal of a stuffy, tube commute – crammed like sardines in a tin with a friendly armpit in your face. However, I’ve recently been thinking that maybe there’s more potential than meets the eye. If we are willing to take a deep breath, step into the unknown and talk to the person standing next us on the tube.

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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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Links from the studio: A shopping centre full of sheep

There are a few things essential to all living things on this planet; food, water, oxygen and sunlight. As our world becomes increasingly populated, the demand put on the amount of land and natural resources needed to produce the food we eat has intensified. But what would happen if we could manufacture these basic life giving essentials in a shopping centre?

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Top 5 takeaways from IFA

IFA, Berlin – one of the biggest technology shows in the heart of Germany’s capital, sees thousands of people gathered to witness the latest products and innovations in consumer electronics and home appliances. Vass was at the show and describes here, 5 key home appliance products we could be seeing in people’s homes very soon.

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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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Links from the studio: The hacked home

The connected home is becoming more and more of a reality as hordes of devices and services continue to flood the market. Want your heating to know your schedule and kick in when you’re exactly 10 minutes away from home – there is a device for that. Want milk ordered for you before you even realise you’re about to run out – there’s a device for that. Want your grass watered for you based on the changing weather – there’s a device for that too!

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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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Taming Complexity in the Operating Room

Modern hospitals are often hectic and complex environments. In this knowledge piece, Fabien Schmitt discusses how Human-Centred Design can be used to develop new products and services for the operating room – one of the most complex environments in the hospital – in order to “tame” this complexity and create safer and more user-friendly solutions.

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From kitchen to table highlights

Wow, we’re over half way through the year and it seems not so long ago that some of our team at PDD visited Ambiente (Frankfurt) and IHA Housewares (Chicago) to scout out the latest kitchen and table trends, as well as for the launch of our own collection for ZAK! Designs. So, well into the third quarter and in the midst of summer we’re taking a look back at some of the colourful and inspiring highlights!

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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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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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