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That’s what I call innovation! (and it’s NOT Apple Air Notebook)

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Team Aquaduct, the San Bruno, California team – consisting of John Lai, Adam Mack, Brian Mason, Eleanor Morgan, Paul Silberschatz wins the first Innovate or Die Pedal-Powered Machine contest. (read more about all the winners).

Their innovation is Aquaduct. A pedal powered vehicle that transports, filters, and stores water for the developing world. A peristaltic pump attached to the pedal crank draws water from a large tank, through a carbon filter, to a smaller clean tank. The clean tank is removable and closed for contamination-free home storage and use. A clutch engages and disengages the drive belt from the pedal crank, enabling the rider to filter the water while traveling or while stationary.

Watch the Aquaduct video

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January 17th, 2008 at 8:54 am

Sign up form design : Ryan Singer

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Ryan Singer of 37Signals presenting at Future of Web Design London 2007, hosted by Carsonified  on the subject of  designing usable and inviting sign up forms. Via : Vitamin.

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October 21st, 2007 at 2:17 am

Gathering and Analyzing User Data

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A nice article by Rachel Hinman of Adaptive Path :  Demystifying Data Analysis on the art and science of gathering and analyzing the user data by a very low-tech toolkit of post-it notes.

The first thing all guests on Clean Sweep [Television Show] do is unload the contents of their home onto their front lawn. This is effective for two reasons: 1) It forces people to face the madness and take a good hard look at all their stuff and 2) It presents “the stuff” in an apples-to-apples format. Similarly, because the data from field research is often in disparate forms (video tapes, transcripts, digital photos, etc.), it’s important to present data in an apples-to-apples format by transforming it into something tangible and visible. Only then can you take a good hard look at everything that’s been collected and start making choices about what is important.

Via Maish. He added

I usually wiki my notes from an interview. This gives my team an opportunity to review the notes and add in any missing pieces or new insights. Next, I go through the notes and highlight the ones that matter to the project. Then I collect all the highlights and present them with supporting notes. But I like the ‘Emerging Insights’ theme that Hinman uses to present her findings. It makes the presentation more direct and appealing.

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September 17th, 2007 at 6:52 am

The Wall of Helsinki : Interaction design from future

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Via Communication Nation found this piece of interactive information tool.

The city of Helsinki offers an interactive screen “The Wall” that visitors can use to find out more about the city and even send their friends pictures. It’s an interactive touch screen that let’s you move the on screen elements to any position at your demand.

Awesome! Kind of reminds me of “Minority Report” with Tom Cruise :)

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August 29th, 2007 at 12:09 pm

Design in business strategy

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Why design? from AIGA [Download the PDF ]

What designers offer to clients is a way of thinking. The “Why” booklet outlines the role of design in business strategy. It seeks a common framework for why design adds value to clients’ interests. The booklet is written for our designer members, to provide some core messages for which we can create a common chorus. It defines the power of Designing, a larger concept that includes strategy as well as artifacts across a variety of disciplines.

AIGA is creating an online archive of case studies that demonstrate the value of the framework through real-world projects. Browse projects by leading designers and contribute your own!

You can also find a nice Flash presentation on Process of designing Solution here

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March 2nd, 2007 at 7:32 am