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A look at what’s new with Essential Design, our clients, and the industries where we work.

Legrand NA & Essential Win IDEA Award

July 25th, 2013

Legrand North America and Essential won an International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for the adorne collection: a line of residential light switches, dimmers, electrical outlets and design-driven wall plates.

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NYCxDesign/ ICFF: The Highlights

June 6th, 2013

In contrast to last years show which was still heavily influenced by the DIY and reclaimed materials trends, I felt the standouts from this years show trended more towards a refined simplicity.

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NYCxDesign/ ICFF: The Colors

June 6th, 2013

The always interesting mix of design and art of NYCxDesign and ICFF did not disappoint this year. Here are some of the color highlights.

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The Color of Design

May 3rd, 2013

Now that it’s finally spring here in Boston, with bright sunny days and tulips in every garden, it seems like a great time to talk about the IDSA Northeast conference that I recently attended.

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Human Factors in Medical Device Design

April 30th, 2013

To a crowd of about 50 professionals in the interaction, industrial, and user experience design fields, Bill Hartman shared insights and frameworks we can leverage to demonstrate the financial and process benefits of human factors in medical device design.

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Delivery of Healthcare Innovation, Scott Stropkay at SXSW

March 8th, 2013

Scott Stropkay and Frank Moss discussed ways on how we use design and new technologies to bridge the gaps between the research and the delivery of innovative healthcare ideas to the market. Continue reading for a behind the scenes interview.

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Boston Service Jam: jamming, making and growing

March 8th, 2013

The Global Service Jam encourages local communities to gather at the same time around the world, to literally “jam” or improvise together under the same umbrella theme.

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Zarla Ludin Leads a UXPA Workshop

March 4th, 2013

Senior Researcher, Zarla Ludin, conducted a workshop for a group of user experience professionals on the topic of reporting research findings.

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MIT Media Lab’s Health and Wellness Hackathon!

February 26th, 2013

Late last month I had the privilege of taking part in the MIT Media Lab’s Health and Wellness Hackathon as a User Experience mentor. This event brought together students, clinicians, and industry professionals to collaborate on technology-based solutions to major problems in patient-focused healthcare.

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Preparedness is Essential.

February 8th, 2013

As I sat working at my desk with a snow storm fast approaching, a thought popped into my head. What does it mean to be prepared? Many people are having the same thought right now with the snow starting to fall heavier by the hour.

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