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Involution Principal Selected to Judge 37 Billion Mile Data Challenge

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

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 each year, with the goal of discovering insights that can help the Commonwealth build a more efficient and sustainable transportation system.

“Particularly in the open government movement, information visualization has become an important method for making big data sets understandable, and stimulating discussion about critical issues,” says Follett. “Making data accessible helps people to spot patterns and trends and to approach problems in new ways — even getting answers to questions they hadn’t thought about before. Interactive designs make it possible to gain deeper insights that can lead to better decision making and more innovative solutions.” A seasoned designer, Follett has created data visualizations for AstraZeneca, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Survey Sampling International, among others.

Designers, researchers, analysts, and developers will work individually or in teams to come up with interactive visualizations, maps, infographics, and even games that reveal actionable information from the vehicle-use dataset. Data Challenge entries are due April 19 and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 1.

About Jon Follett
For nearly two decades Jon has been leading or contributing to Web application design and development for organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Jon is a recognized thought leader and internationally published author on the topics of user experience and information design. He recently contributed a chapter, “The Beautiful People: Keeping Users in Mind When Designing Data Collection Methods” to Beautiful Data published by O’Reilly Media, Inc. He has written over 25 articles for industry publications such as UXmatters, Digital Web and A List Apart, and his work has been translated into a variety of languages.

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Open Humans Project Wins Knight Foundation: Health Award

by emily on February 4th, 2014 - Comments (0)

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 projects that will share more than $2 million is the Open Humans Network.

The Open Humans Network proposes an online system that helps match people willing to share their health data with researchers who would benefit from access to more information, all with a focus on exploring new standards for open health data.

According to Madeleine Ball PhD, of the Harvard Personal Genome Project (PGP), the Open Humans portal will comprise three components: a personal page that will allow participants to set up their data profile, a public data explorer enabling people to explore and use data compiled from participant profiles, and a set of design guidelines for researchers looking to use a collaborative data sharing model.

Jason Bobe, PGP Executive Director, envisions “health discovery as a collaborative effort through the creation of a portal populated with research studies pre-screened for data-sharing practices, participants willing to share their data, and public data results.” Since its inception in 2005, the PGP has promoted a research and discovery model that selects participants who are comfortable with public sharing and the potential for re-identifiability—a practice called “open consent.”

The Open Humans Network project will involve collaboration of several studies including:

  • Harvard Personal Genome Project (George Church, Harvard Medical School)
  • American Gut (Rob Knight, University of Colorado, Boulder / HHMI)
  • Flu Near You Research Participants (Rumi Chunara, Boston Children’s Hospital / HMS)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Study, (Eric Schadt, Mount Sinai School of Medicine)

Mapping the PGP Ecosystem
To reach a goal like the Open Humans Network, the PGP first had to have a clear view of its own organizational functioning. To gain a better focus, they called upon Involution Studios’ expertise and objectivity.

In a daylong exploratory workshop, Invo designers helped the PGP staff to map their organization, roles, and objectives. They were able to completely re-conceive their organizational model to separate their member recruitment efforts from the data collection and sequencing, and keeping the focus on their member relationships.

Involution Studios designers mapped the PGP organization and constituencies.

From this work came the idea for OpenHumans.org, a service and website that facilitates third-party researchers and others who can access the PGP database of genomes and medical histories. Members will be able to see how their data is being used to contribute to the advancement of science and medicine. By providing the PGP with the tools and expertise, Involution was able to serve as the catalyst for a new, organizational model that has now garnered the Knight Foundation’s recognition.

Learn more about the winners of the Knight News Challenge: Health awards.

About Involution’s Health Design Practice
For almost 10 years, Involution has been building software for health companies of every shape and size, from household names like AstraZeneca and Walgreens, to research leaders like the Personal Genome Project and Partners HealthCare. We also work with the most exciting and progressive health startups. We’ve made digital healthcare our top focus.

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Involution’s Arlington Visual Budget Wins MMA Innovation Award

by emily on January 17th, 2014
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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 […]

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 […]

Involution Principal Selected for IxDA Board of Directors

by Jon on November 12th, 2013
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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 […]

UXCamp Ottawa

by Danielle on October 3rd, 2013
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Juhan Sonin at UXCamp Ottawa

 

UXCamp Ottawa
November 9-10, 2013
Canadian Museum of Civilization Theatre
Ottawa, Canada
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Involution’s Creative Director, Juhan Sonin, will be delighting audiences at this year’s UXCamp Ottawa.UXCamp Ottawa was created by those and for those who want to learn and share about user experience. This year’s event will cover topics like […]

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
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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 […]

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

Involution Principal Discusses Design for Emerging Technology on O’Reilly Radar Podcast

by Jon on September 12th, 2013
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Involution Principal, Jon Follett, editor of the upcoming book “Designing for Emerging Technologies” recently spoke with Jenn Webb, O’Reilly Radar’s online managing editor and Mary Treseler, editorial strategist, on the O’Reilly Radar Podcast. In the podcast, the group discussed the challenges of understanding the disruptive power of emerging technologies — such as genomics, robotics, synthetic biology, and connected environments. […]

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 […]

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
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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
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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 […]

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
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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 hGraph featured in Wired and Health IT Buzz

by Jon on February 25th, 2013
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Involution’s hGraph, an open source health metrics visualization, was recently featured in Wired Magazine online, highlighted in the article, “How Restyling the Mundane Medical Record Could Improve Health Care.” The Wired spot discusses hGraph’s strong social component: By tracking the data for entire families hGraph illustrates how some conditions, like obesity and heart disease, can be affected by collective […]

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, […]

Interaction13

by Jon on January 20th, 2013
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Interaction13

Interaction13
January 27-31, 2013
Metro Toronto Convention Center
Toronto, Canada
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Interaction13, the annual conference of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) will feature three speakers from Involution Studios: (above from left to right) Juhan Sonin, Erik Dahl, and Scott Sullivan.

Building Emotional IQ with Laban Movement Analysis
Director of Design Strategy, Erik Dahl and […]

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

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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 […]

Rethinking the Patient Medical Record

by Jon on December 3rd, 2012
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hGraph

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 […]

mHealth Summit

by Jon on November 8th, 2012
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mHealth Summit

mHealth Summit
December 3-5, 2012
The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
Washington, DC
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What Goes Into Making an Extraordinary mHeath App?
As a part of the mHealth Summit Technology Trends track, on Wednesday, December 5 from 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM, Involution Studios Creative Director Juhan Sonin will join a distinguished panel […]

Studio Axioms at Refresh Boston

by Jon on November 7th, 2012
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Refresh Boston

Refresh Boston
November 27, 2012
6:30PM
Microsoft NERD Center
Cambridge, MA
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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 […]

Design Axioms at Harvard Business School

by Jon on November 1st, 2012
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Design Axioms
November 7, 2012
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Harvard Business School
Cambridge, MA

Involution Studios is pleased to announce that Creative Director Juhan Sonin will be a featured lecturer at Harvard Business School’s Project Management 101 course on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. In the HBS PM101 class, students learn […]

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 […]

Involution client Neumitra wins DEMO award for anti-stress product, Bandu

by Jon on October 10th, 2012
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Big things are happening for Involution client, Neumitra, a Boston-based health startup on a mission to free the world of stress, one person at a time. Last week, at DEMO Fall 2012 — the conference for emerging technologies held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California — Neumitra launched Bandu, its ground-breaking product for stress monitoring […]

hGraph, designed by Involution, Places Second at the New England Health Datapalooza, Advances to National Competition

by Jon on October 4th, 2012
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Yesterday at the New England Health Datapalooza, held at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., judges Pierce Graham-Jones, Innovator in Residence at the US Department of Health and Human Services; John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Group; and Manu Tandon, CIO of the MA Department of HHS, selected hGraph, an open system for visualizing personal health […]

InsideTracker, Designed by Involution, Helps Olympian Win Two Silver Medals

by Jon on September 12th, 2012
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On the world stage of the 2012 London Olympic games, in today’s hyper-competitive athletic environment, there’s no doubt that any advantage, no matter how small, can make a difference.

InsideTracker software, created by Segterra and designed by Involution, provides data and analysis that many athletes have, up to this point, had access to only on the occasions when they […]

Get Your Design Axioms Card Deck Today

by Jon on September 5th, 2012
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We’re excited to announce the debut of our Design Axioms card deck, which encapsulates essential software design wisdom from industry luminaries including Andrei Herasimchuk, Luke Wroblewski, Dirk Knemeyer, and Juhan Sonin.

Four years in the making, the first card set has been published as a physical deck, available via Amazon, and as digital art […]

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 […]

Mobile, Content, and the Divergent Ecosystem

by Jon on July 12th, 2012
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Yesterday, at the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council’s Mobile Summit, panelists and audience members eagerly discussed and debated developing for the often volatile ecosystem of mobile. The summit general session, “Content is King” featured panelists Phil Costa, Director of Product Management at Brightcove; Jeff Moriarty, VP of Digital Products at the Boston Globe; and Sanjay Vakil, Director of Mobile Product at […]

InsideTracker Software, Designed by Involution, Provides Olympic Athletes with Bloodwork Analytics

by Jon on June 28th, 2012
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Involution client Segterra is doing its part to prepare US athletes for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Segterra’s innovative software product, Inside Tracker, is being used by champion track cyclist Sarah Hammer and triathletes Jarrod Shoemaker and Sarah Haskins to learn about nutritional deficiencies and excesses via bloodwork analytics and optimize and boost performance based […]

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. […]

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 […]

Health, Technology, and Design

by Jon on April 8th, 2012
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At the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center last Wednesday evening, software innovators came together for a series of presentations and conversation about the opportunity for technology and design to effect positive change in healthcare.

The program, “Linking Healthcare, Technology and Design”, explored aspects of the changing face of the industry, and how digital solutions could provide 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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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Big Data in Boston

by Jon on February 16th, 2012
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The Mass Technology Leadership Council held its annual Big Data Summit yesterday at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge, MA. The sold out event was attended by a broad cross-section of the Boston tech community with engineers, designers, venture capitalists and business managers all coming together to discuss the future of Big Data in […]

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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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 […]

The New Frontiers of Interaction Design: Understanding Ourselves and Culture

by Jon on February 6th, 2012
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Last week, the IxDA’s Interaction12 conference in Dublin, Ireland brought together the professional interaction design community from around the globe for four days of inspiring talks and workshops.

Involution Studios was well represented with two of our leadership team speaking. Involution Founder, Dirk Knemeyer examined the complex, cross-disciplinary question of how people understand themselves and each other, in his […]

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

by Jon on February 2nd, 2012
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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 […]

Laptop Music, Kinected Hacking, and Supply Chain Design

by Jon on November 9th, 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.

If You Make Sure You’re Kinected, the Xbox is on the Wall
Last week, Microsoft’s Kinect turned one year old, and the Redmond giant celebrated the “Kinect Effect” with a video highlighting future applications of the technology from […]

Software Design is a Team Sport

by Jon on November 4th, 2011
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I’m a big Boston sports nut. And, as cliched as the sports metaphor may be for discussions on teamwork, there are lessons to be learned from the collapse of the Red Sox, which was the worst in baseball history and has ongoing and transformative consequences for the organization. There were, of course, many reasons for the losing streak that took […]

The New Age of Software

by Jon on September 4th, 2011
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Last month Marc Andreessen published a significant essay in the Wall Street Journal, outlining the many ways in which software has become not just important to our world, but the critical guts and infrastructure of it. Andreessen is, of course, pointing out a trend that has been building for some time, which has culminated in a sea change in […]

On Talent, War, and Devastation

by Jon on August 12th, 2011
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Ever since the U.S. started on its long road to recovery from the Great Recession and tech companies began expanding the ranks of their employees again, there’s been a dearth of talent to choose from, especially those most important senior level team members in engineering and user experience. This lack of readily available personnel has driven not only an increase […]

Boston Talent Wars, iPhone Facial Recognition, and Freedom of Tweets

by Jon on August 3rd, 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.

Tech Talent Wars: Boston
The Talent Wars are heating up in Boston, as tech companies of every kind, from start ups to Fortune 500 firms, unload their best artillery fire in the recruiting battle. One of the most original […]

Five Reasons to Sketch Your User Interface

by Jon on July 14th, 2011
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At Involution, when we design software, we draw upon a process akin to industrial design, where—after we engage in an initial product architecture to understand the feature grouping, flow, and functionality—the next step is often sketching.

If you haven’t done it before, sketching concepts for a software user experience may seem like a daunting task located in foreign territory: […]