Disconnect (product that protects our online privacy and speeds up internet browsing)

Like most great products, services, and businesses that I am inspired to write about, Disconnect seems to share my philosophy that there is no detail too small when it comes to the user experience; and that this philosophy doesn't stop at just the product design. User experience includes all stages Read more [...]

What are insights and what role do they play in leading innovative changes in business?

I just finished reading a well-written and insightful paper about insights and the role they play in innovation consulting.  The author, Mark Payne, Fahrenheit 212 co-founder and President, seems to practice what he preaches.  The fundamental role of "commercial insights" he explains to be necessary Read more [...]

Will this technology replace 3D printing for design prototyping?

Maybe this technology could take a CADD file and quickly generate an interactive 3D model, which could be sent to colleagues over the internet!   ...I think it offers a compelling sense for spatial aesthetics of a 3D product design, and then we wouldn't have to wait for the 3D printer anymore. Read more [...]

A most inspiring story and definition of “design”

In his TedTalk, John Hockenberry, helps me understand why I so love design, feel passionately about it's importance, and why I am so attracted to people--especially women--who have style...it is all about our intent. Quotes from John's Ted Talk: "You're right between horse and squirrel, John." "Design Read more [...]

Takeaways in business and innovation from an internet icon

Marc Andreessen was recently recognized as a Wired Icon and pioneer of the internet.   Given his 20+ year history within the industry as an entrepreneur and now venture capitalist, his perspective has proven to be an insightful one; and so I read the transcript from his interview Chris Anderson. At Read more [...]

Its not one big thing, but rather a lot of little things

Today, early Facebook employee and now Quora founder, Charlie Cheer, came to Tepper to talk to us about his entrepreneurial experiences in the web 2.0 space.  He said a lot of interesting things, but one thing in particular I thought was quite smart and different.   When asked how Quora competes with Read more [...]

Objectified [movie]

For all my friends who aren't too familiar with industrial design and the role it will play in our future, I recommend watching this movie called Objectified.   It is available on Netflix. Some of my favorite highlights from the film are: Japanese toothpick design that features a breakable tip Read more [...]

Hand-made stuff is cool.

Fine automatic watches do more than tell time for us. Perhaps most important, fine watches enforce our belief in the idea that time is important, because it is the one thing none of us can buy more of. Eventually, my time will run out and I will die. Perhaps wearing and looking into the face of a watch that cost you significant amount of money and/or effort to own, reminds us to value our time the same way we value our money. Read more [...]