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Web Components and Oh, Behave—
Friday Links

by emily on June 27th, 2014 - Comments (0)

Polymer project logo

Looks like Google has jumped pretty hard behind Web Components—This video from Google I/O has a good overview. And check out some of the examples, including their library of “paper components,” part of their “material design” initiative. Their fairly basic GUI editor shows examples of many of the existing polymer components.

The short of it: Instead of adding a bunch of divs with special ids and classes and then programming a bunch of javascript that runs on page load to fill those in with content based on results from an API, you use preconfigured, modular, and custom HTML tags to automatically hit APIs and render content. The big thing is that they provide a pattern on how to make your own components. And perhaps the even bigger thing is that they provide the pattern to have those be dynamically filled by APIs.

Behavioral economics chart (detail)

A lively lunch discussion came up around Behavioral Design Toolkits—Brains, Behavior and Design’s offerings to help designers grasp and even visualize the basics of behavioral economics, as well as ways to design for the irrational mind.

Behavior change strategy cards
Artefact Group’s Behavior Change Strategy cards—built on the Behavioral Design Toolkit concepts to “help designers, researchers, and anyone facing a behavior change challenge, think through strategies to nudge people toward positive behavioral outcomes.” You can download the cards from the site to try them out.

Helmet law change chart (detail)

Speaking of behavior change, the New York Times had a good visual/data story on motorcycle helmet laws—Simple and clean text and graphs tell the sobering facts.

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Google Fit: A Better Bet Than Apple Health

by Dirk on June 26th, 2014 - Comments (1)

Google Fit icon

In April we wrote about why Apple’s Health(book) was a bad idea. Two of those reasons apply to Google Fit as well: health information should be universal and consistent, and the parochial interests of a massive computing superpower should not also be the keeper of our health data. However, with Apple and Google declaring this a key battleground, we must expect that one or both of them will prove successful. Given that, we should hope that there is just one winner and that the winner is Google, not Apple. There are three primary reasons why:

  1. Google is much better at software. I can’t name a single piece of software that Apple does better than Google: Drive beats Cloud and the Docs family beats the Pages family. iTunes is my music software of choice only because I’ve bought so much music there that I feel locked in. Google actually does software well. Their strategy of “keep it simple” precludes most of their software from being great but ensures that very little of it is actually bad. On the other hand, Apple should be embarrassed about the quality of their software compared to their lovely hardware. Even their vaunted operating system, held up as the standard for more than a decade, gets worse every day as they try to cross platforms while Google’s “keep it simple stupid” philosophy makes theirs better. So, let’s hope the winner of this battle is the one that actually knows how to do good software.
  2. Google is far more open than Apple. Long-term I have my concerns about Google in this regard, but for now and into the immediate future Google pursues a relatively open strategy while Apple hunkers down within their decades-old walled garden. From a consumer electronics perspective I actually prefer the walled garden: Apple’s hardware is consistently excellent while the devices that serve up Google operating systems are a mixed bag. However, when you’re talking about health, you want openness and choices. Google Fit will be part of an infrastructure that fits into hardware made by dozens of companies and, taken together, clearly lead the device market. That’s what health needs: universality.
  3. Google’s potential is massive. Apple’s best days are likely over. During its legendary 35-year-plus history, Apple has been great only when Steve Jobs was around. Since his death almost three years ago, Apple has not announced even a single truly interesting project. Google created a wave of nerd envy with Glass while perfecting their driverless fleet of automobiles and rolling out high-speed fiber in communities around the United States. In fact, Google does so many things that more of them ultimately fail than succeed. However, Google thinks big and acts big. They make a lot of interesting bets and within them are some of the key technologies of the future. Tim Cook may be a competent manager, but his Apple has proven bereft of genius or panache. God help me, they act more like Microsoft than Apple, while Google continues to reach for the stars.

In a perfect world our health information provider would be a non-profit that worked with every technology provider, creating a single open platform that was easy and available to all. In reality, health is becoming the battleground of the mega-corporations with two of the most important technology companies, Apple and Google, right at the center of it. Assuming that one or both of them prove successful, we should hope that Google is successful here. Their superior software, relative openness, and trajectory of vision and ambition makes Google a far better steward of our health data than Apple.

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What We’re Reading—Friday Links

by emily on June 13th, 2014
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Like many of you, we don’t differentiate that much among work, learning, and play when we’re surfing the interwebs. Whether it’s TweetDeck, RSS feeds, Facebook, or another of the innumerable info-streams we monitor, we come across intriguing content that inspires, informs, amuses, and even appalls us. So, now that we’ve got your attention, here’s what made the rounds at Involution […]

On The Digital Life: Health Axioms and Designing for Behavior Change

by emily on June 11th, 2014
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Recently on The Digital Life podcast, Involution’s Jon Follett sat down with Creative Director Juhan Sonin to discuss the Health Axioms card deck and designing for behavior change.

The Health Axioms are 32 recommendations that put you in touch with habits to improve your health, life, and well-being. The sometimes surprising, always practical axioms nudge you […]

Utopia in Our Pocket

by emily on May 5th, 2014
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Utopia in our Pocket
Watch this presentation.

This past March, Involution’s Dirk Knemeyer spoke at TEDxDenisonU as part of a series entitled “Real Utopias: From Dreams to Practice.”

In “Utopia in our Pocket” Dirk proposes that, thanks to the proliferation of the smartphone, we can start to think about radical changes that will fundamentally shift the way we live for […]

Apple’s Healthbook is visionary—and parochial

by emily on April 17th, 2014
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Dirk Knemeyer has a few questions about Apple’s ideas for a mobile medical solution.

This coming June, Apple is expected to announce their “Healthbook” app. In a bold expansion on the concepts of Involution’s hGraph app, Apple is attempting not only to federate all of a user’s important, top-level health and wellness data but also to […]

OSCON 2014: Design is Medicine

by emily on April 16th, 2014
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O’Reilly OSCON

Open Source Convention
July 20-24, 2014
Portland, OR

Remember doctor’s visits when you were growing up?
The wooden tongue depressor. The well-worn stethoscope. That weird thing they jammed in your ears.

As design harnesses digital, materials, and networking technologies, a very new health experience is just over the horizon. Proactive, […]

Involution Studios’ Arlington Visual Budget Selected as a 2014 MITX What’s Next Awards Finalist

by emily on April 11th, 2014
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Arlington Visual Budget recognized for innovation, value, and impact.

BOSTON, MAInvolution Studios today announced its Arlington Visual Budget has been selected as a finalist in the Best Doing Good Innovation – Product and Most Insightful: Big Data and Analytics Innovations – Product categories for the MITX What’s Next Awards. This year MITX combined its annual […]

Designing with Data at UXPA Boston 2014

by emily on April 9th, 2014
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User Experience Conference 2014

May 15, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.
Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199

The wealth of tools recently released makes it easier to stitch design assets together into “interactive prototypes.” The limiting factor in these tools is that they rely on the static data in your […]

Information Design Amateur Hour on CNN

by emily on April 8th, 2014
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Dirk Knemeyer on multimedia information design.

Over the past month numerous news outlets–CNN in particular–have devoted extensive coverage to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370. While the story is certainly a tragedy, the degree to which its coverage has eclipsed that of stories like the Ukraine situation is a little curious. Regardless, what really raised my ire most recently was […]

Involution Principal Selected to Judge 37 Billion Mile Data Challenge

by emily on March 27th, 2014
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37 Million Mile Data Challenge

Involution Principal Jon Follett has recently been selected to judge entries in the 37 Billion Mile Data Challenge, sponsored by The Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Using data from the Massachusetts Vehicle Census, contest participants will have six weeks to determine why Massachusetts drivers burn up 37 billion miles […]

Design for Life on

by emily on February 28th, 2014
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March 1, 2014

From protein to pixel to policy, design-for-health possibilities and responsibilities are immense.

Involution’s Creative Director Juhan Sonin talks about design-for-health possibilities in an upcoming interview with host Rob Woodbridge.

What we call “health” is made up of episodic issues and interventions … we are most conscious of our health during […]

Utopia in our Pocket at TEDxDenisonU

by emily on February 26th, 2014
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March 1, 2014
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Herrick Hall
Denison University
Granville OH
View the Livestream

Join Involution Studios’ founder, entrepreneur Dirk Knemeyer at TEDx Denison this Saturday as he shares his perspective on “Real Utopias: From Dreams to Practice.”

As miraculous as the changes to the world over the last […]

Involution’s Arlington Visual Budget Wins 2014 iF Communication Design Gold Award

by emily on February 17th, 2014
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ARLINGTON, MA (U.S.) – February 7, 2014 – Online Budget Visualization Tool, Designed by Involution Studios with Town of Arlington, MA Offers Financial Transparency to Taxpayers

Arlington Visual Budget has been selected as a winner of the 2014 iF Communication Design award.

Since its introduction in 2004, the iF Communication […]

Open Humans Project Wins Knight Foundation: Health Award

by emily on February 4th, 2014
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How did a workshop with Involution take the Personal Genome Project from “a bunch of ideas” to the creation of the award-winning Open Humans Network?

The Knight News Challenge: Health asked innovators to present solutions that harness the power of data for the health of communities, with a strong focus on civic participation and solution building. Among the seven […]

Involution’s Arlington Visual Budget Wins MMA Innovation Award

by emily on January 17th, 2014
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For Immediate Release

ARLINGTON, MA (U.S.) – January 17, 2014 – Online Budget Visualization Tool, Designed by Involution Studios with Town of Arlington, MA Offers Financial Transparency to Taxpayers

Arlington Visual Budget has been selected to receive the Massachusetts Municipal Association Innovation Award at the MMA Annual Meeting on January 25th in Boston.

Sponsored each year by the […]

Health Axioms @ Mass Innovation Nights

by emily on January 7th, 2014
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Involution Studios Presents Health Axioms at Mass Innovation Nights
January 8, 2014
6:00-8:30 p.m.

Progress Software
Bedford, MA
RSVP to Attend

Monthly Innovation Nights are designed to help local innovators increase the buzz around new products and companies. Start-ups and entrepreneurs present their latest works and the social media community turns out to blog, tweet, […]

Involution Columbus Teams Up with Test Double for Open Office Hours

by Jon on December 3rd, 2013
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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 […]

A UX Podcast Playlist for Your Thanksgiving Travels

by Jon on November 26th, 2013
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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 […]

Creating the Health Axioms

by Jon on October 18th, 2013
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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 […]

Arlington Releases Online Budget Visualization Tool Designed by Involution

by Jon on October 8th, 2013
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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 […]

Creative Mornings Lecture Series

by Danielle on October 4th, 2013
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Juhan Sonin at Creative Mornings Nov 15, 2013


Juhan Sonin at Creative Mornings
November 15, 2013
Boston, MA

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 […]

Midwest UX

by Danielle on October 2nd, 2013
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Midwest UX
featuring “Introduction to Arduino and the Internet of Things”
Grand Rapids, Michigan
October 17-19, 2013

Join Involution’s Scott Sullivan and Erik Dahl at this year’s Midwest UX conference, in Grand Rapids October 17th through the 19th. Scott and Erik will be leading the workshop “Introduction to Arduino and […]

Own the Experience: Co-design with Your Engineers

by Jon on October 1st, 2013
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Design Exchange Boston

Design Exchange Boston
October 10, 2013
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Tavern Road
343 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

Join Involution Studios’ user interface design Eric Benoit to learn simple but effective tips for taking your designs into production-grade software. The engineering process will be the most critical part of your […]

Software Interface Design: Process and Principles

by Jon on October 1st, 2013
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General Assembly

Software Interface Design: Process and Principles
October 7, 2013
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

General Assembly Boston
101 Main Street, 14th floor
Cambridge , MA 02142

Join Involution Studios’ user interface designer / engineer, Reshma Mehta as she covers the process of designing complex software systems, using real world […]

Involution’s Health Axioms Now on Indiegogo

by Jon on September 24th, 2013
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Involution Studios is driven by a mission to create better lives and a better world. We’re part of a global movement to shift the health care system to one made up highly-specialized clinicians that work closely with self-monitoring, self-empowered patients and their families — aided by the continuous data driven by non-invasive personal diagnostics. Getting there will require equal parts […]

Designing Arlington Visual Budget

by ivan on August 1st, 2013
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Each and every spring, the Finance Committee of Arlington sends the town’s upcoming budget to a representative Town Meeting where the budget is debated, amended and eventually approved. This April, the Town worked with Involution to create a new tool — Arlington Visual Budget — to represent and make sense of the valuable, complicated financial data.

In the […]

Open Studio Hours

by Danielle on July 31st, 2013
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Involution Studios Boston


Open Studio Hours
Every Thursday
Involution Studios, Boston
Involution Studios, Columbus

Join us every Thursday for Open Studio Hours. From 4-6pm we open our doors to anyone and everyone interested in what we do, how we do it, or to see the beautiful studios where we work. […]

Invo at Code for Boston’s Demo Night

by Danielle on July 30th, 2013
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Arlington's Visual Budget

Arlington Visual Budget at Code for Boston’s Demo Night
(co-hosted with IxDA)
MIT, Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor, Havana Conference Room
July 30, 2013
Free & Open to the Public

Involution will be presenting Arlington Visual Budget at Code for Boston’s Monthly Demo Night, co-hosted with IxDA. It’s free and open to the […]

Introducing Involution’s newest game — Runnan

by Danielle on July 25th, 2013
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Runnan Food Still

Runnan is Involution Studios’ newest game for iPhone and iPad. Designed and developed by Robert Audroue and Michael Moffitt, Runnan follows an armless carrot who must navigate a challenging landscape of crazy shapes, curious people, and freakishly fantastic food. Runnan challenges its players’ concentration and timing and makes no apologies for being difficult.

“Today, games are too easy,” says […]

IxDA Workshop by Scott Sullivan

by Danielle on June 10th, 2013
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Introduction to "Processing" Language at IXDA


IxDA Workshop
June 19, 2013
6-9 pm
Involution Studios, Columbus
Columbus, Ohio
Free Event

Involution designer Scott Sullivan will be giving a free workshop, “Introduction to ‘Processing’ Language,” at Involution Studios, Columbus. The workshop is for those without programming experience. Scott will be […]

UXPA 2013

by Danielle on June 10th, 2013
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UXPA International Conference


UXPA International Conference
July 9-12, 2013
Washington Hilton
Washington, DC

Eric Benoit and Ben Salinas will be presenting at this year’s UXPA International Conference in Washington DC. Eric will be giving designers simple but effective tips for taking their designs into […]

Invo’s Scott Sullivan Tells Designers: Learn to Code! in Fast Co.Design

by Danielle on May 29th, 2013
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“Have you ever been punched in the face?” That’s what Scott Sullivan, User Experience Designer at Involution, wants to know. In his Fast Co. feature article, Designers: Learn To Code! Here’s How to Start, Scott assures young designers learning to code isn’t that bad. “The fear of getting punched in the face holds you back from […]

Bytes and Atoms Unveiled: Conference Speakers Announced

by Jon on April 29th, 2013
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For Immediate Release
BOSTON, MA – April 29, 2013 – Bytes and Atoms, a micro conference exploring the Internet of Things and the interaction between the physical and digital, today announced the speakers for its inaugural program.

Organized by software and emerging technologies design firm Involution Studios and agile development consulting firm Pivotal Labs, and sponsored by O’Reilly […]

Governor Patrick’s Misguided Tax on Software Design and Development

by Jon on March 19th, 2013
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Under a provision in Governor Deval Patrick’s fiscal 2014 plan for the state, a “modern products” Massachusetts sales tax of 4.5% will be levied on the design and engineering services that create the digital world. Massachusetts is filled with software development companies — with verticals from mobile to healthcare to enterprise. It’s a key innovation sector that drives the growth […]

Health Datapalooza Conference

by Jon on February 27th, 2013
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Health Datapalooza

Health Datapalooza Conference
June 3-4, 2013
OMNI Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC

Health Datapalooza IV, the annual conference and competition that highlights the most innovative uses of health data by companies and government entities, will feature hGraph, designed and developed by Involution. hGraph is an open source health metrics visualization with the potential to […]

UXPA Boston Conference

by Jon on February 27th, 2013
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Boston UXPA

UXPA Boston Conference
May 29, 2013
Sheraton Boston Hotel
Boston, MA

Involution Studios is sponsoring the twelfth annual UXPA Boston Conference.

This year’s conference, focused on Usability and User Experience, will include four simultaneous tracks, giving attendees a choice of 32 presentations. More than 500 attendees will learn about best practices […]

Stir Trek

by Jon on February 27th, 2013
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Stir Trek

Stir Trek
May 17, 2013
Marcus Crosswoods Theater
200 Hutchinson Avenue
Columbus, OH 43235

This year Stir Trek is proud to welcome Involution Studios’ Director of Design Strategy, Erik Dahl, and UX Designer, Scott Sullivan to its one-day conference, which is focused on teaching software developers the latest in technologies, techniques, and tools. Erik […]

Code PaLOUsa

by Jon on February 27th, 2013
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Code PaLOUsa

Code PaLOUsa
April 25-27, 2013
Marriott Louisville
280 W. Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202

This year the Code PaLOUsa conference — designed to cover all aspects of software development, regardless of technology stack — will be featuring Involution Studios’ UX Designer Scott Sullivan and his expertise with the open source Arduino prototyping platform. […]

GET Conference

by Jon on February 27th, 2013
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GET Conference

GET Conference
April 25-26, 2013
Back Bay Events Center
Boston, MA

As a part of our emerging technologies practice, Involution Studios is proud to be sponsoring this year’s GET (Genomes Environments Traits) Conference.

The GET Conference is for people working on the front lines of human biology. It is the place […]

Involution’s Design Axioms Applauded in The Designer’s Review of Books

by Jon on February 22nd, 2013
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Dominic Flask, Editor of The Designer’s Review of Books, recently reviewed Involution’s Design Axioms deck, created by Juhan Sonin, along with Luke Wroblewski, Andrei Herasimchuk, and Dirk Knemeyer. The deck features striking graphics, detailing sixteen foundational principles that outline the essential rules of interface design.

Design Axioms Deck

The Design Axioms deck serves as a recommended pathway for […]

uTest Launches App Analytics Tool Applause, Designed by Involution

by Jon on February 15th, 2013
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Involution client uTest has launched Applause, an analytics tool that offers clear, explicit data about what users truly feel about mobile apps. Applause enables app-owners to see how each version of their app measures up and the ability to compare their app to those of their competitors. Applause features sleek multi-version app graphs and a revolutionary rating scheme, […]

Invo Poster Featured in MassArt’s “Graphic Advocacy” Exhibit

by Jon on January 28th, 2013
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“Wake Up!” the poster created by Involution illustrator Sarah Kaiser and Creative Director Juhan Sonin is currently on display at MassArt’s Paine gallery. The exhibit, entitled “Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age 2001-2012″, has over 122 posters from artists in 32 countries. Each piece is ideological, political, and, as Mark Feeney writes in his Boston […]

mHealth Zone

by Jon on January 20th, 2013
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mHealth Summit

mHealth Zone: Why Aligning Creativity with Expertise is So Effective
January 24, 2013
12:00 PM

Register to Listen to the Show Live

On January 24, Involution Studios Creative Director Juhan Sonin will join hosts Ben Chodor and Corey Ackerman of Happtique, and special guest Paulo Machado, CEO and Founder of Health Innovations Partners, on the mHealth Zone […]

hGraph Selected for National Patient Record Redesign Showcase

by Jon on January 18th, 2013
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), challenged designers across the United States to re-imagine the presentation of the medical record in order to create a better patient experience. The objective of the Health Design Challenge was to create a usable, beautiful medical record enabling patients to more easily […]

Involution Client GeneInsight Leads Genetic Testing Revolution

by Jon on December 12th, 2012
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The way in which patients and doctors make healthcare decisions — from choosing therapies to evaluating possible side-effects — is changing rapidly based on newly available genetic testing and analysis. Involution client GeneInsight, a subsidiary of Partners HealthCare is on the forefront of this revolution in personalized medicine.

Last week, Partners HealthCare was featured in a Boston Globe […]

MIT 2.009 Product Engineering Processes Prototype Launch Event

by Jon on December 5th, 2012
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2.009 Product Engineering Processes Prototype Launch Event
December 10, 2012
7:30 – 10:00 PM
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kresge Auditorium
Cambridge, MA

On Monday, December 10, 2012, MIT’s 2.009 Product Engineering Processes class will launch eight new product prototypes focused on the theme, “Outdoors”. Product teams will demo prototypes to a broad audience made up […]

Rethinking the Patient Medical Record

by Jon on December 3rd, 2012
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The Health Design Challenge, sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is encouraging the UX design community to rethink the presentation of the medical record in order to create a better patient experience. The objectives are to design a usable, beautiful medical record that […]

Design Axioms App Now Available at the iTunes Store

by Jon on November 21st, 2012
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Involution is pleased to announce a free, open source, iOS version of Design Axioms, which is now available on the iTunes app store for both iPhone and iPad.

Design Axioms iPhone app

The new digital version of the Design Axioms is easy to transport and use for brainstorming, group critiques, or other software design sessions.

Design Axioms on the iPad

About the Design […]

Studio Axioms at Refresh Boston

by Jon on November 7th, 2012
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Refresh Boston

Refresh Boston
November 27, 2012
Microsoft NERD Center
Cambridge, MA

Studio Axioms
When looking back on his life, Noel Coward famously commented, “Work was more fun than fun.” Great design studios provide a work opportunity that can be happy, rewarding, and even fun. But it isn’t easy: just calling yourself a design […]

Code for America Brigade in Boston

by Jon on October 23rd, 2012
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Involution Studios sponsored the inaugural meetup of the Code for America Brigade in Boston on Thursday, October 25. Thanks to everyone who attended! Here are a few photos from the meeting.

Code for America

The Code for America Brigade program organizes hackers locally to design, develop, and deploy civic software.

Code for America

Involution has long been an advocate for […]

Involution Studios’ hGraph Selected as a 2012 MITX Interactive Awards Finalist

by Jon on October 19th, 2012
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For Immediate Release
BOSTON, MA – October 19, 2012 – Involution Studios today announced that hGraph, an open source system for visualizing personal health metrics, has been selected as a finalist in the Healthcare and Wellness category for the 17th Annual MITX Interactive Awards. Held annually by the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange, the Awards recognize excellence […]

Designing Business Collaboration for a Knowledge Economy

by Jon on August 22nd, 2012
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The age of information is upon us, and much has been made of the great improvements to communication, collaboration, and business process efficiency as we transform from an industrial- to a knowledge-based economy. However, despite all the rapid technological changes of the past 20 years, we are still at the very beginnings of the knowledge work era. At the dawn […]

Involution establishes operations in the U.S. Midwest

by erik on July 26th, 2012
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COLUMBUS, OH (U.S.)—July 26th, 2012—Involution Studios, a software design consultancy based in Boston, MA, announced the opening of a second studio location in Columbus, OH.

“We are so excited about the new Columbus studio,” said Dirk Knemeyer, a founder and current chairman of Involution Studios. “From our first project in Palo Alto, California to our studio in Silicon Valley, then […]

Energy and Software

by Jon on July 23rd, 2012
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Energy is the industry that IT forgot — or at least until recently. While sectors as varied as finance and healthcare, entertainment and communications have roared ahead with digitization, automation, and analytics, the energy industry has not evolved as rapidly. Despite this fact, it’s clear that the future of energy lies in software. In both conservation and sustainability, software offers […]

Open Office Hours at Involution Studios Boston

by Jon on July 16th, 2012
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We’re excited to announce that we’ll be having Open Office Hours here at Involution Studios Boston, every Thursday from 4-6 pm, starting on July 19, 2012.

Involution has long been involved in the Boston UX community, and we’re thrilled to be joining the Open Office Hours movement, to share our design expertise with our colleagues and friends. Part of […]

Microsoft Surface and the Unified User Experience

by Jon on June 18th, 2012
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Today, Microsoft fired a significant salvo in the war for a Unified User Experience, with the debut of its Surface tablet. Taking a page from the Apple playbook, Microsoft is creating both the hardware and software for the Surface, a strategy it once executed successfully, with the Xbox 360 gaming console; and twice not so successfully, with the Zune […]

The Software Revolution Will Be Televised

by Jon on June 6th, 2012
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Last year, Internet luminary and entrepreneur Marc Andreessen wrote a significant essay in the Wall Street Journal, outlining the many ways in which software has become absolutely vital to our world. Software allows us to extend our reach even further than we did before, automating processes, accelerating the rate of change, and providing the sinews between people and data. […]

Rethinking Work

by Jon on May 21st, 2012
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We’re at the very beginnings of a significant evolution in the way we work — not just in from a technical perspective, although that’s a significant driver — but in the culture and nature of work and organizational relationships. The way we work today is markedly different from the way our parents worked, and even more distant from the way […]

Involution Client CodeRyte Purchased by 3M

by Jon on April 19th, 2012
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CodeRyte, a healthcare industry leader in clinical Natural Language Processing (NLP) and computer-assisted coding, was acquired by 3M for an undisclosed amount last week. CodeRyte helps physicians and coders deliver fast, accurate, and complete coding information immediately through its advanced NLP technology. Its products include CodeAssist, CodeComplete, DataScout, and Health System Coding.

CodeRyte’s sophisticated NLP technology streamlines the […]

Involution Studios designs user experience for CodeRyte’s Natural Language Processing health system coding software

by Jon on March 30th, 2012
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For Immediate Release
BETHESDA, Maryland (U.S.) – March 30, 2012 – CodeRyte, the leading and fastest growing Natural Language Processing (NLP) and computer-assisted coding supplier in healthcare, is partnering with Involution Studios for the user experience design of its ground breaking health system coding software. CodeRyte’s sophisticated NLP technology streamlines the coding process and identifies clinically relevant information about medical […]

Nine Principles of Great Companies

by Jon on March 28th, 2012
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At Involution, as a part of our commitment to learning and growing as a company, we conduct semi-regular studio critiques. This kind of critique is important to our ongoing evolution as an organization and helps everyone, from leadership to staff, understand the broad vision and values of the studio. As a part of that ongoing discussion, we’re drafting a set […]

Boston is a Hub of Marketing Software, the Next Big Tech Sector

by Jon on March 17th, 2012
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A few hours ago GigaOm published an article declaring “Marketing is the next big money sector in technology”. In the first paragraph, the author, Ajay Agarwal of Bain Capital Ventures, sets up the future of the industry this way: “For the first time in history, businesses can leverage big data for the benefit of driving marketing insights. We are […]

Infovis Breakdown: Predicting Major League Baseball 2012

by Jon on March 16th, 2012
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Earlier this week, we released our Predicting Major League Baseball 2012 interactive information visualization with our picks for the playoffs this year. The visualization made its debut in the inaugural post on our recently launched channel on BostInno.

After the heartbreak of the Red Sox collapse last year, at Involution Studios we felt that, in order […]

What the iPad Retina Display Means for Designers

by Jon on March 7th, 2012
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Today Apple revealed the third generation iPad with its Retina screen, bringing the most powerful mobile visual display to market with a whopping 326 ppi in its 9.7 inch space. Print resolutions typically range from 300 – 1800 dpi, which means that Apple has effectively brought mobile computing into that same realm, a significant step to say the least. […]

Five Ways to Make Learning a Part of Your Company Culture

by Jon on March 2nd, 2012
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I don’t think there’s any question that the creative class jobs that drive our innovation economy — designers, engineers, scientists, architects, entrepreneurs, writers, etc. — are all positions that require constant learning and evolution. In a larger sense, our economy, the companies that survive and thrive, the types of jobs in demand, and the skill sets required to successfully compete […]

Online Privacy Needs Product Design

by Jon on March 1st, 2012
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In the new digital world, we are the sum of our trackable behavior. The web sites we read, the items we share, the products we buy, are all elements that contribute to our digital personas. Online marketers desperately want to collect our behavioral data so they can analyze our history, better target their offers, and maybe even predict our next […]

The Internet of Things, Seeding Boston Start Ups, and One User Experience for All

by Jon on February 22nd, 2012
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Here’s what we’re reading online, this week at Involution, on design, tech, and the digital life, in our links round up.

The Internet of Things Will Rise in Boston
With the advent of the mobile revolution, we’re now living connected lives, where our day-to-day activities are closely tied to the digital products and services that we carry with us everywhere […]

Involution Principal to conduct applied UX methods workshop and expert session at HIMSS12, healthcare and technology conference

by Jon on February 15th, 2012
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For Immediate Release

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (U.S.) – February 15, 2012 – Involution Studios Creative Director Juhan Sonin will conduct an applied UX methods workshop and expert session at the HIMSS12, healthcare and technology conference next week. The hands-on, interactive workshop will focus on real-world scenarios in measuring the effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction of the user experience with Electronic […]

Involution Principal announced as speaker at NextGen:Health, healthcare innovation conference

by Jon on February 2nd, 2012
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For Immediate Release

NEW YORK, New York (U.S.) – February 2, 2012 – Involution Studios Creative Director Juhan Sonin was announced today as a featured speaker at the NextGen:Health, leaders in healthcare innovation conference.

At NextGen:Health, top innovators in healthcare will bring game-changing ideas to the forefront of the industry. The first day of the conference includes a series […]

What’s Next?

by Dirk on October 6th, 2011
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As countless, near-identical Steve Jobs obituaries spew out of the blogosphere/Twitterverse today, let’s honour his contribution by doing what he did best: anticipating at what will be next…

As Robert Fabricant eloquently wrote in a recent Fast Company article, Apple achieved the pinnacle of design as represented by past forms. Their use of analog metaphors and comfortable affordances […]

Seven and Seven: A Look Back on Involution’s History

by Jon on July 7th, 2011
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Last week Involution Studios celebrated seven years in business. We’ve had a bunch of highs, a handful of lows, and a whole lot of fun in that time. We’ve had amazing employees, partners and clients, and even as another recession seems to be looming we are going strong and showing no signs of slowing down. Here are the seven most […]

Design Lessons, Home Health, and Killing the RFP

by Jon on July 6th, 2011
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Here’s what we’re reading online, this week at Involution, on design, tech, and the digital life, in our links round up.

Death to RFPs
A List Apart has a great article on why RFPs are no way to hire a creative firm. While I’ve heard from some that there’s plenty of great work to be had by responding to […]

Considering Transhumanism

by Dirk on May 15th, 2011
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This weekend I attended the Humanity+ Conference at Parsons in New York City. Subtitled “Transhumanism Meets Design”, the conference aspired to “explor(e) emerging technology, transdisciplinary design, culture and media theory, and biotech.”

My exposure to transhumanism was previously limited to very high-level themes and the notion of Singularity so, in preparation for the conference, I took some […]

Check out our fresh Boston digs!

by Dirk on February 12th, 2011
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Involution Studios Boston is located in Arlington, MA on Mass. Ave., in what was formerly the city’s grand ballroom. When we took it over in late 2008 it was a pilates studio with wild green-and-blue paint and fixtures, along with mirrors lining the walls. To the discerning eye it was all potential.

Here is the evolution of our space over […]

Losing faith in “UX”

by Dirk on August 3rd, 2010
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I’ve been slowly backing away from the field of “user experience” for some years now. More and more, I’m beginning to think it is time that I turn my slow retreat into a full-fledged race to the hills. This evening Juhan pointed me to a terrifying article by renowned user experience thought leader Whitney Hess. Please do […]

Crowdsourcing creative = cannibalism

by Dirk on July 21st, 2010
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There are a lot of interesting things happening around crowdsourcing, many of which intuitively seem really good. Companies like Jovoto and Genius Rocket are serving as global connectors of people who want work done with people who are willing to do it. The benefits, according to Genius Rocket, include “Providing…hundreds of custom solutions, from thousands of creative professionals.” […]

Apple and Microsoft Need a Love Child: the real future of portable computing

by Dirk on April 5th, 2010
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I’m one of the fortunate few who has had the opportunity to use both a Microsoft Surface and an Apple iPad. While both are “magical” and “revolutionary” devices in their own unique and incomplete ways, I’m struck by the fact that both of them remind me of the only Palm device I ever had, back in 2003: a novelty that did some things well but most things poorly, and ultimately left me ignoring it in its charger.

A Most Unholy Testament: The Crusade of Patient-Centered Design

by Dirk on March 8th, 2010
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Doctors were once the high priests of health,
oracles whose absolution has diminished.
Now, the gospel of patients is preached.
“Patient centered design”, being flocked to by the masses.
But our path to salvation cannot run through
these seductive false gods and prophets.
The heresy of “user-centered design”
reached digital design decades ago.
At first it seemed enlightened
but rarely did great software come forth.

System engineering should be integral to the design of your applications

by Dirk on December 28th, 2009
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Not much surprises me anymore. After more than a decade spent providing boutique services, followed by the last 6 or so years strictly in software, I’ve really earned the increase in grey hairs on my face and head. However, one thing I continue to find absolutely baffling is the way companies and designers often attempt to design their software from […]

Why mobile is magical

by Dirk on October 27th, 2009
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Most of our customers are relatively sophisticated with technology. They either own tech start-ups or are in a role where they are involved in the software, website, IT, digital marketing or some other type of technology within their company. Not surprisingly many of them carry powerful mobile computing devices and are far ahead of the general population in their adoption […]

Your software is going to take longer than you think

by Dirk on October 20th, 2009
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Sorry to burst your bubble and scuttle your budgets of time and money. It’s true. I’ve seen it dozens of times: clients come to us saying something has to has to has to be shipped in 12 weeks. We tell them there is no way that can happen, no matter how much they pay us. They disagree and pay us […]