We get a lot of people still asking us about PadPivot – where can I purchase, can I review one, does it work with Kindle Fire, etc. etc. I guess when your project blows up and raises nearly $200k the digital breadcrumbs get left everywhere. Since our Kickstarter project I’ve moved on to new and “nicer” things, specifically the launch of our own brand, Nice, Inc.
Thanks again for backing us!
Industrial Design beyond the “bezel”.
With the advent of multi-touch and capacitive touchscreens it seems inevitable that many buttons and controls that were once part of products, particularly those with a lot of controls (ie. audio gear) will more and more become part of the overall product design. What was once the territory of specialized designers (UI) must now be brought into the tool box of industrial design. We see so many products disjointed and schizophrenic in their approach to physical hardware controls alongside soft controls. You’d think you were in two different worlds and indeed the design approach reflects this. One person designs the physical and another person designs the UI software interface. And there begins the problem. Two different kingdoms built to serve one master. Our work does not end where the “bezel” meets the screen. A holistic and single vision must encompass the entire User Interface from buttons to screen. So industrial designers, brush up on your pixels, and get yourself acquainted with common and emerging user interface paradigms.
Grip Grater makes it into production
Our little Quirky experiment is out of production and on store shelves. Pretty exciting to be crowned a Quirky inventory (industrial design by Quirky). Pick up your GripGrater today on Quirky.com, Bed Bath & Beyond, or Amazon.
Meet Spike and Ink, our newest CableKeeps for Nice. Now iPhone users worldwide can keep their cable and charger together, neatly organized on the wall or packed away in travel.
Ink and Spike also bring two new colors to our palette, a trendy magenta and a sunny yellow. Like our other CableKeeps products, Ink & Spike are made in the USA of eco-friendly, 100% recyclable Santoprene.
TouchMix is here
James Arthur Young Design is proud to announce our work with QSC Audio has finally been released to the public. The new TouchMix line of mixers feature a hybrid “touch and turn” user interface that combines the strengths of a touchscreen with tactile control. Not only did we do the industrial design, we’ve also been hard at work on the UX design and controls for both the product and iOS applications. TouchMix announcement on the QSC Audio website.
“This is your life . . . . ” words to live by every day. Don’t let circumstances determine your destination. Make your own path, win or lose, and be happy you didn’t let life “just happen”. Life is too short to go that way.
Always fun to work on anything medical. The implications that your hard work will help to make someone’s life better is very gratifying. This project was focused on translating the existing Sonosite brand language into a smaller transducer head, while maintaing the superior ergonomics.
Deliverable: Fully surfaced and shelled SolidWorks model delivered to mechanical engineer to add ribs, bosses, and other interior assembly features.
Programming an LED ring
I spent the weekend wiring up this LED ring for our skylight. It’s remote controlled and can do several colors, like green for Seahawks or red for Christmas. Some people call it the “alien abduction portal”.
Snap is here!
Snap CableKeep for Apple Earpods now shipping at Nice, Inc. www.nicebydesign.com
Touchmix world record
The world’s highest live rock concert took place in Dingboche, Nepal, at an altitude of 4,410 metres (14,468 feet) using the Touchmix-16 and K Series speakers. You never know where your design work will end up!
One of my many studio posters. This one is a homage to my childhood love of electronics, imagination, and play.
Designed by Tycho (Scott Hansen).
Making the complicated simple . . .
“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” – Charles Mingus
Design is for People.
The Shape of design by Frank Chimero.
We’re getting close to finishing our next Kickstarter. Stay tuned.
iViz L25 Transducer
Our work on the Somosite iViz product is out in the wild. We worked on the handheld transducers. A tough balance of ergonomics, engineering, and branding. This project was developed entirely in SolidWorks with engineers passing us internals that we sculpted our design around. This is ultrasound technology at its most diminutive scale. We’re proud to be a part of this cutting edge technology that can save lives!
Design thinking exercise at the D. School Stanford.
Test riding a “smart” helmet
200 Miles on a bicycle from Seattle to Portland in two days. That’s a lot of miles of real world testing for this new bicycle helmet. The product did great. Can’t wait to see how the Kickstarter turns out. August 10th they launch!
UX vs. UI
UX (User Experience) or UI (User interface or GUI)? I often find non-design colleagues and clients using these names interchangeably as if they are the same. Here’s a quick and concise review of the differences.