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Idean New York Moves to a new Studio Location on the Heat of its First Birthday!
IDEAN NEW YORK: CELEBRATING OUR FIRST BIRTHDAY
Idean is a fast-growing global design firm with a team of more than 150 designers, technologists and strategists. New York is our most recently opened studio, and we’re delighted to announce its first anniversary on April 20, 2016.
Founded in Finland, we’ve always been a proudly international firm with designers from a wealth of backgrounds bringing fresh perspectives to User Experience. In New York we’re avidly continuing this, integrating design influences from Austria, Russia, UK, Argentina, Lebanon, Italy, and beyond.
Chris Bystrom, Head of Studio in New York describes: “Since our launch last April, we’ve grown from three people to nearly twenty and counting, and we’ve moved office space an exhausting five times. We’re now settled in ‘Chibeca’ – a wonderful, vibrant area which we embraced immediately and are excited as our home turf!”
Our First Year’s Work: Milestones and Moments
In a year packed with highlights, some stand-out moments we’ll savor include the work we did mentoring product philanthropists at Blue Ridge Labs, hosting monthly meet-ups for the design community… and enjoying a wild weekend in Iceland (watch the video)!
We have worked on user experience projects for large enterprises including IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Ericsson/MetraTech. But Idean New York also branched out into sectors such as fashion and interior design with Cole Haan and Kontor; real estate with Compass; media and entertainment with Viacom, Nickelodeon, and Marie Claire; and lifestyle products like Moleskine. It’s an eclectic mix we’re always nurturing and developing, and clients that we love to work with.
Design is a way of life at Idean, across every role in the company. We aren’t product theorists: we build for the customer, then measure, iterate and continue until we have a product-market fit that affects the bottom line.
What’s Next for Idean New York?
We’re hoping to continue our philosophy, built around applying product design thinking to new industries. Finding great companies with powerful ideas and bringing them to life in a thoughtful but quick and applied way is what we strive to do every day.
Look out for big product launches this year that we think could interest a few traditional industries. We’ll be hiring more makers and creators in all walks of design, looking to grow to 25 people or more. There will also be our first Idean Design Academy event to be staged on the East Coast, on September 22-23rd.
Finally, we’re in talks about applying human-centered design to a government in Africa: possibly the largest and most creative application of our craft to date!
It’s been a fantastic year and we’re very thankful to the people and businesses of New York City for having us. Here’s to another 12 months!
Idean Appoints Second Member of Advisory Board
We are delighted to announce the appointment of a highly regarded strategic advisor.
Today we announced the appointment of the second member of our Advisory Board, Lawrence M. Chu. Larry is well-respected across North America for providing strategic and legal advice to boards, entrepreneurs and executives within technology companies, private equity and corporate governance groups, in particular in the technology and consumer verticals.
Larry is Head of Technology M&A on the West Coast for Goodwin Procter LLP, an international law firm, and has over 17 years experience advising on mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint venture and other strategic transactions. Throughout his career Larry has worked on hundreds of transactions for both private and public companies as well as private equity sponsors and venture capital firms, and has been recognized as one of the top 50 M&A advisors in North America.
“It is fantastic news that Larry is joining the Idean Advisory Board as he has been involved in some of the most iconic technology transactions in Silicon Valley and is a trusted advisor to cutting-edge companies both large and small”, said Risto Lähdesmäki, Co-Founder and CEO of Idean.
Risto continued: “Larry has extensive experience and knowledge of our sector working with Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Pepsi, and Sony – as well as many successful startups like Dropcam, Nest and its investors, and Lynda.com. I’m really excited to have Larry as part of the Idean team to continue our mission to become the world’s most coveted design company”.
In addition to his practice, Larry serves on a number of Advisory Boards for companies such as Zarbees, Fahrenheit 212,OLLY, and Waygum. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Crowdfunder.com.
“Idean is at the forefront of what they are doing in the world of experience and interface design. I’ve watched this important discipline mature and become prominent over the past few years as a core part of corporate strategy. I am delighted to become part of Idean’s story and join the Advisory Board, as it is a unique company that is not just creating digital products for some of the largest and most successful companies in the world, but educating them to become design leaders through their Design Academy program”, Larry noted.
He continued: “Idean has had very strong growth in the U.S. over only a few years in the market and I’m looking forward to helping them to continue to grow and become the world’s leading design firm”.
Chu has been Included in the 2012 through 2015 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers and in the 2013 through 2015 editions of The Legal 500.
Last month, we announced the appointment of our first founding Advisory Board member George Kadifa.
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Mobile World Congress: The Lowdown
Last week, the Idean team descended on Barcelona for the annual gathering of everyone in the mobile-related industry for Mobile World Congress (MWC).
MWC is huge. And this year was no different with a record-breaking 100,000 attendees from 204 countries at this year’s conference.
As you would expect there was some big announcements from handset providers, but there was much more news, here’s our highlights.
Samsung S7 and S7 Edge: You can expect more memory, water resistance and a new design.
Huawei announced the MateBook: Basically it’s a 12-inch Windows 10 tablet with keyboard cover and comes with a stylus. Neat.
Ad-blocking was a hot topic: A heated debate took place during the Mobile Advertising: Ad-Engagement and Ad-Blocking session, as senior executives from Google, Nestle, Yahoo, AOL and CMO of Shine, whose mission is to bring the right to block ads to consumers worldwide. The lively debate was covered by many media titles, you can read a summary here via TechCrunch.
VR becomes even more of a reality: This April, the HTC Vive, VR headset will hit the market and Samsung’s Gear VR headset which is based on Oculus technology and a new Facebook team are working on building social apps for Oculus Rift. Mark Zuckerberg believes VR is the platform of the future for social.
We need 5G: If all of the changes we expect to see happen in the next few years (VR, driverless cars, more connected devices), we need 5G to make them happen. We can’t afford the time lag we get with 4G. This was a huge theme at MWC this year.
Connecting the World: Although we take for granted having access to the internet there are around two thirds of the world who can’t access it. There are a number of initiatives by the big players including Facebook and Google and this area will intensify in the coming year.
RIP Tablets: There were no tablets at MWC, six years ago they hit the market they were predicted as the next big thing, however this year we saw none. Is this because are phones have got bigger and more sophisticated and laptops smaller?
As well as the wonderful there was also the weird, here’s our top pick:
A wearable for cows: The Senso Wave Stepla allows users to reach their goal of precision farming.
That’s it for another year!
#MWC16 #IdeanMWC #Mobile
Idean Hosts Special Event With IBM for Interaction 16
The conference brings together interaction designers from across the globe to unite and discuss, workshop and network over four days with some high-profile speakers from Uber and MIT Media Lab. The theme of this year’s event is what’s next, in the context of the future of interaction design as a craft, as a profession, and design practice as a whole.
As Helsinki is where Idean was founded and we still have a large presence there today, we wanted to be part of this year’s global interaction 16 event in our hometown.
We have joined forces with IBM to host a very special Happy Hour in our Helsinki studio to mark the opening of IxDA’s Interaction 16 event. The event will be jointly hosted by Doug Powell, Design Principal and Program Director for Education and Activation at IBM and Mikko-Pekka Hanski, Co-Founder and Partner at Idean.
Join us on March 1st from 6pm at Idean to learn about the benefits and implementation of IBM Design Thinking over good conversation and drinks. You’ll learn how IBM Design Thinking has been one of the key pillars for scaling and accelerating design transformation within their global organization.
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Idean Appoints George Kadifa as its First Advisory Board Member
Today we have announced the appointment of our first advisory board member, George Kadifa, who has experience working at some of the most respected global firms including, HP, Silverlake, IBM and Oracle. The appointment marks our continued growth across the U.S.
As an Advisory Board member, Mr Kadifa, with deep expertise in strategy, technology and growing highly profitable billion dollar businesses, will provide recommendations and mentorship to Idean. This will include advice and support on how to address the opportunities and challenges large corporations face in delivering truly innovative digital transformation projects, as well as significant support to enable Idean to become the most wanted design company.
We have a strong track record working with some of the biggest brands in the world, delivering digital design projects, to strengthen and deepen their relationships with customers and employees.
“I am delighted and honored that George has accepted a position on our Advisory Board,” said Risto Lähdesmäki, Co-Founder and CEO of Idean. “With a very unique hands-on mentorship style and extensive experience in both the corporate and academic world, he is the perfect fit for Idean as we continue to expand both our Fortune 500 accounts as well as our educational offering, Idean Design Leadership Academy.”
“As we grow, our Advisory Board members will become essential to help us connect with organizations, industry leaders and ensure that we stay relevant and ahead of our competitors. We are thrilled to welcome George as the founding member of our Advisory Board,” Risto continued.
“I look forward to working with Risto and the team globally as they continue to expand within the design and education offering and to develop a strategy that will have a measurable influence”, Kadifa commented.
George Kadifa is also Managing Director at Sumeru Equity Partners, Member of the Board of Directors at Velocity Technology Solutions and Council Member at University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Read more at PR Newswire.
Idean Opens Flagship Studio In Silicon Valley
Today we are delighted to announce we have moved into new premises in Palo Alto, California, creating our flagship studio on Homer Avenue, in the very centre of Silicon Valley.
The move comes as we look to consolidate all of our offices and working spaces across Downtown Palo Alto into one centralised studio, to not only bring the ever expanding team together, but create an inspirational space to meet and collaborate with Silicon Valley clients.
Ville Kurki, Chief Operating Officer at Idean said: “We are excited to be bringing together all of the Idean Palo Alto team in one space for the first time and creating our flagship studio. Over the last three years we have grown at a rapid pace and this marks a momentous achievement for us.
“The studio set over 10,000 sq feet will provide a flexible working environment for the team as well as in and outdoor space to meet and collaborate with clients in a unique setting to continue to allow us to create the greatest digital products and services.”
A two-year search for the perfect property led to finding the two-storey Homer Avenue space, which was built in 1926 and a former bakery (Thompson’s Bakery), after being an office for many successful tech companies, Idean is looking forward to entering the next chapter of the firm’s story in Silicon Valley.
The space will be decorated in keeping with all of Idean’s other studios combining contemporary furniture and decor whilst nurturing the historical elements of the building.
We entered the U.S. market in 2011 and have seen extensive growth across our five studios located in California, Texas and New York, working with some of the biggest names in the business including HP, GoPro, Sony and 23&Me amongst others.
The Grand Opening party details will be announced soon. For more information about Idean visit www.idean.com.
Idean’s new global HQ is 214 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA.
Read the story at PR Newswire
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Idean Campus Tour Hits Bloomington, IN
This week some of the Idean team are visiting the University of Bloomington, Indiana as part of Idean’s Campus Tour.
Pirkka Aunola, John Wayne, Korina Loumidi and Tim Brehmer are visiting the University to scout the talent of the future and talk to them about a career at Idean.
The Idean team will be there from Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd February to chat and interview the students within the Human-Computer Interaction Design (HCI/d) department.
The Idean Campus Tour is an important part of our recruitment activities, as it gives us the chance to meet with soon to be graduates about what Idean does and the opportunities available.
If you’re at the University come and say ‘Hi’ to the team! Or if you’re interested in learning more about a career with us, at any level visit: www.idean.com/careers.
#IdeanCareers #CampusTour #JoyandPlay
Former Director of Design at Pinterest and Apple Announced as Academy Guest Speaker
With our third Idean Design Leadership Academy kicking off this week in Menlo Park, California, we’re delighted to announce former Head of Product Design, at Pinterest, Bob Baxley, will be joining us as a guest speaker.
Bob will join the Idean Design Leadership Academy team to educate the attendees about design transformation and leadership, in the three-day immersive and interactive leadership training.
In Bob’s role at Pinterest he built, led, and managed a multifaceted design team responsible for both the consumer and business facing elements. In addition to this Bob spent over eight years at Apple, where he served in senior leadership roles for Apple’s retail and e-commerce teams. As a Director of Design, Bob hired and led the creative team responsible for a broad variety of applications including the Apple Online Store, the Apple Store app, and the transactional areas of iPhoto and GarageBand.
Liya James, Principal at Idean who also is a frequent instructor for the Idean Design Leadership Academy said: “We are thrilled that Bob is joining the Academy as a guest speaker. At the Leadership Academy, attendees get opportunities to meet and have Q&A with seasoned professionals like Bob in an intimate setting. The guest speakers we’ve had in these training sessions have contributed hugely to design and changed the way companies build products.
“Our guest speakers not only share their wisdom but they also set examples of what’s possible. Since we launched the Academy back in the summer last year, we’ve gotten great feedback about this. And we have seen so many participants use the tools they learned to advance their careers and help their company’s accelerate adoption of design.”
The Idean Design Leadership Academy offers the chance to spend three full days face-to-face with their peers and mentors in a beautiful setting, which allows leaders to meet other leaders and fully emerge themselves in the design transformation and leadership world.
#IdeanAcademy #DesignLeadership #Pinterest
Shahin Kicks Ass in Austin
The presentation gave insight to enable innovative, awesome, happy, agile, lean and productive teams. He discussed the two sides of influence; how to defend yourself against the will of influential people and also to flex your own muscles of influence.
You can view Shahin’s presentation on SlideShare here.
For more information about the next Kickass PM Meetup in Austin visit the Meetup group.
#IdeanAustin #KickassPM #ProjectManagement
What is Needed for Growing a Company in a New Market?
User Experience a True Competitive Advantage
Finnish Investment Bank ‘FIM’ interviews Risto Lähdesmäki of his learnings regarding growing a business in the US.
“95% of CEOs understand that user experience focused model is a huge competitive advantage, that can kill competitors as it can gain market share”, Lähdesmäki describes.
“For example with airlines, their only differentiating factor is the experience. If the airline’s website sucks and the solution is difficult to navigate, the customer might think that the whole company is shitty. You have to start thinking of the user the moment when he or she has the idea of traveling somewhere. With a good solution, a user will become a returning customer.”
“I have bit of an attitude that I’ll go towards the world’s end and even further. When I left to the US, there were plenty of people around me telling that I shouldn’t go. Maybe this is foolhardy”, Lähdesmäki grines.
“At the beginning, we were just nobody, but then it started growing from there”
“In Finland, people don’t even dare to speak about their own ideas as they are afraid that someone will steal them”
Lähdesmäki believes that Finland should learn about the change management from the people on the other side of Atlantic.“You’re either part of making the change happen, or you change along with others. In Finland, this situation is a bit worse as here you wish that nothing would ever change. We should start learning to enjoy the change and the fact that nothing stays still. Otherwise, we can never be the ones leading the game”, Lähdesmäki defines.
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