by Jon on December 3rd, 2013 - Comments (0)
Since June 2012, Involution has held weekly Office Hours, opening our doors to the public every Thursday afternoon from 4 PM – 6 PM and inviting anyone with a design issue or project to come by the studio for help. We’ve conducted these Office Hours at both our Boston and Columbus locations.
Over the past year and a half, we’ve had the privilege of meeting and assisting dozens of entrepreneurs, technologists, dreamers, and doers, working on interesting projects we probably would have never seen otherwise. Along the way, we’ve even inspired others to open their doors and hold office hours of their own. One of these groups is Test Double, a local Columbus agency of developers that helps businesses build custom software. We’ve partnered with Test Double on projects and are happy to count them as friends and colleagues. So, we’re pleased to announce that, starting Thursday, December 5, 2013, Test Double will be joining us for Open Office Hours at Involution Studios Columbus to offer their software development expertise.
Both Involution and Test Double have a track record of solving complex business problems — using our design and development expertise to produce well-crafted products that matter. So, if you have any design or development related questions, or just want a different perspective on your current business problems, come chat with us (and now Test Double) every Thursday from 4 PM – 6 PM at Involution Studios Columbus. As always, we talk with people on a first-come-first-served basis. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon.
Take a look at what some recent Office Hours attendees are saying:
“I just wanted to thank you and your team for your suggestions. Sometimes, as owners, we’re too close to our projects. It can be easy to miss the glaring weaknesses that are apparent to others. I feel our meeting saved a disastrous product launch. For that, I thank you. We have refocused our app …”
“Thanks so much for opening up Involution Studios tonight. What a wonderful opportunity! Please give your staff our sincere thanks for staying after work and for the generosity of their time, attention, and advice. Very cool! As we were driving in tonight, Ted and I were talking about what we hoped to gain from our time. You and your staff certainly delivered. We drove home with a clear understanding of our next actions. You also helped validate some of our assumptions, which was great.”
“Just wanted to drop you and your team a sincere thank you. I enjoyed meeting everyone there at Involution Studios and really appreciate the time you spent just kicking around ideas and talking. Have a great day!”
“Hey, I came to your guys’ office hours two weeks ago with the photo marketing app. … I’d like to thank you for the absolutely amazing advice.”
by Jon on November 26th, 2013 - Comments (0)
This year, as you prepare for your turkey-day travels, stock up your smart phone with a playlist from The Digital Life podcast. More so than any other holiday, Thanksgiving requires that we all commute at the same time to somewhere … else. So, as you sit, bumper to bumper with your fellow Americans, be educated and entertained by smart discussions on the latest user experience and design trends.
User experience is an amalgam of information architecture, visual design, interaction design, user research, prototyping, coding, and a host of other skill sets. Combine this complexity with the rapid rate of change in technology and techniques, and it’s no wonder that there’s a gap between the skills required by the industry of UX designers and those taught by design programs in colleges and universities.
In Episode 56, we discuss the state of design education and how to build teams with the right skills to ship digital products with Jared Spool.
In Episode 48, we tackle the topic of interaction design education with special guests Haig Armen and Dave Malouf.
The Internet of Things
Whether we notice it or not, we’re surrounded by machines and sensors. What are the perils and possibilities for designers inherent in the Internet of Things?
In Episode 55, we discuss the opportunities in this new programmable world with Matt Nish-Lapidus. If we don’t learn to program the world we want, it may very well program us.
In Episode 50, we discuss the coming revolution of the Internet of Things.
Design + Principles
Design has always been a practical art that finds meaning in both its underlying philosophies and methods. But how do designers manifest their values?
In Episode 51, we discuss “making things people want, not making people want things,” with Phillip Hunter.
In Episode 47, we explore what it means to be a digital citizen with Harlan Weber and Michael Evans.
by Jon on November 12th, 2013
Erik Dahl, Creative Director and Principal at Involution Studio Columbus has recently been selected to be on the IxDA (Interaction Design Association) Board of Directors for 2014-2016.
Erik has been a practicing interaction designer for 10+ years and actively involved in community development for the last 5 years.
“I’m honored and excited to be serving as a board member […]
by Jon on October 18th, 2013
The team at Involution Studios — made up of Sarah Kaiser, Jane Kokernak, Kelly Mansfield, Harry Sleeper, and Juhan Sonin — created the Health Axioms card deck over an eight-month period. Starting with a dozen core, personal health habits, they turned these initial ideas into short catch phrases. Sarah and Kelly drew hundreds of sketches, which often drove the name […]
by Jon on October 8th, 2013
As part of the Town’s continuing effort to improve transparency, Arlington is announcing the launch of Arlington Visual Budget (AVB). AVB is a new online tool intended to provide the public with a visual representation of the Town’s financial history and outlook, as well as illustrate key trends. AVB allows users to dive into the budget like never before using […]
by Danielle on October 4th, 2013
Juhan Sonin at Creative Mornings
November 15, 2013
Involution’s Creative Director Juhan Sonin will be speaking at Creative Mornings Boston, a breakfast lecture series. Juhan will be detailing his Studio Axioms for starting, running, and evolving a successful design studio pulled from his 20 years of experience as a Creative Director […]