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An elephant in the room
By Max Middleton: Monday 29th February, 2016

Elephant repellent

“Do you like my elephant repellent?” “But there are no elephants around here…!” “Good, isn’t it?”   Except there are… When the Challenger blew up in 1986 (30 years ago) I was a 13 yr old, fascinated about everything to do with space exploration (and New Romantic music…and Ferris Bueller, but that’s a different blog). […]

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By Karl Moore: Friday 9th October, 2015

Selecting a Contract Manufacturer – The Importance of the First Visit

Having been involved in previous projects which required working with manufacturers, as well as being interested in taking my designs from concept to manufacture I jumped at the chance to be involved with a project selecting a manufacturer for a client. A couple of months ago I, as part of a team, visited a number […]

Good-designers
By Adam Haynes: Wednesday 1st July, 2015

Seven traits of good designers for the next decade – a talk from Paolo Lorini

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Product Design and Innovation conference in London with a selection of my colleagues from the user-centred design group. It was an opportunity to mingle with fellow industrial designers whilst soaking up the inspirational talks. One of the presentations, by independent design consultant Paolo Lorini, […]

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By Max Middleton: Wednesday 28th January, 2015

The customer is always right…

Creating products that consumers desire – and therefore want to buy – comes from carefully listening to, and understanding, the needs of potential users. We’ve been doing that for more than 50 years. But how does a company that’s grown from solving technical challenges hold these fragile ideas aloft during the crush of engineering problem […]

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By Adam Haynes: Thursday 18th December, 2014

Tech push or user pull?

The smart watch market has long been touted as the ‘next big thing’ but tech developers have been underwhelmed by the slow adoption of wearables to date. According to a leaked report back in October 2013, at least 30% of Galaxy Gear watches sold by the US-based chain Best Buy were being returned by unsatisfied […]

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By Max Middleton: Thursday 13th November, 2014

High fives all round for the engineers … now it’s over to the scientists

Photograph: J Mai/ESA As I write this blog, Rosetta’s Philae probe is sitting on the surface of the Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The operations team can’t quite tell what orientation it is in and the anchoring system didn’t work as hoped, but this is a huge…HUGE day for celebrating engineering. Hearing the scientific leads on the Rosetta […]

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By Lynn Baranowski: Monday 27th October, 2014

What is a Design Engineer?

I’ve just returned from the Engineering Design Show and it seems to me that different people have a different view over what a ‘design engineer’ is and what their role is. We all know the word ‘engineer’ has been devalued in this country (it can mean anyone who is qualified or not, from the person who […]

Waste
By Michelle Gothard: Tuesday 22nd July, 2014

Will waste reshape the future of manufacturing and design?

Waste is an inevitable part of the industrialised world in which we live – but the current scale of waste production should not be such a foregone conclusion. A case in point is the production of food waste, both nationally and globally. Last year in the UK, leading supermarket chain Tesco publicly reported disposing of […]

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By Steve Haigh: Wednesday 16th July, 2014

In today’s competitive market, can you afford not to consider the user’s experience?

Creating a great consumer product today means producing something that people love. It has to be useful, look fantastic and delight the user when they interact with it. But that feeling of delight doesn’t happen by accident – the user experience (UX) is designed in from day one.

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