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Texas to Host Next UX Summit
The chic industrial style of Texas’ Plano Hotel will be playing host to industry experts discussing the “The True Value of UX,” at Idean’s UX Summit.
On December 3rd, Head of our Austin Studio, Liya James will be joined by speakers Tim Hough, SVP of Solutions at Inspirus; Jimmy Ball, Director UX and Design, Mobile Services at Sirius XM Radio; John Reese, User Experience Strategy and Design Director, One Technologies; and Ryan Williams, Vice President, Design & UX at Peel.
They will be sharing their views on the broader impact of good UX, and particularly why it’s great for business; the reason companies are investing more and more into it. We know that focusing on design will generate winners and companies overlooking UX will fail. But can we actually prove it? This elusive question is the topic of our newest UX Summit.
For more information on the event, an insight into last year, and to be among those learning from these great speakers, head over to http://ideanuxsummit.com/dfw.
#IdeanUXS #PlanoTX #UX
Our 16th UX Summit Takes Over HYDE, LA
Following the focus of the value of UX at our Texan summit, our 16th event will explore the effectiveness and power of content as a tool to communicate the purpose of products; to your product team, management, and the customer.
Our 16th UX Summit on December 9th, at HYDE on Sunset Boulevard, with the theme of “The Art of Storytelling in Design”.
Top industry speakers include Bobby Solomon, Director of User Experience and Creative at Disney Interactive; Keyvan Peymani, Managing Director, Digital Strategy Division of ICM Partners; and Thorben Neu, Design Director formerly at Belkin International, will be sharing the stage with CEO of Idean, Risto Lahdesmaki, to discuss content and storytelling in the business of UX and CX.
For more information head to: www.ideanuxsummit.com.
#IdeanUXS #IdeanLA #Storytelling
Next Stop on Joshua Ledet’s International Tour… Indonesia
Following our recent announcement that Joshua Ledet will be entertaining guests at SLUSH, we are proud to announce further stops on the soul singer’s international tour.
After sharing the Java Jazz Festival stage with legendary singers and pop stars from Chaka Khan to Jessie J, Ledet will be returning to Indonesia for his second stint of 2015.
Between the 16th and 27th of November, Ledet will be sharing his melodies at events across the country, including performances at an Indonesia Tatler charity event, Now Jakarta the Christmas City, the Central Park Mall, and a private Christmas gathering at Galeri Lafayette. Indonesia loves Joshua Ledet as LA Weekly just wrote.
On Ledet’s set list is the Bernie Herms produced Love Can Do; a song that encapsulates the values, passion and energy of Idean and its employees. Love Can Do represents our approach to the work we Love doing, check more about this here.
You can watch the “Love Can Do” video here.
#LoveCanDo #JoshuaLedet #Indonesia
NYC Meetup Delves Into the Future of UX in Financial Services
Last month, we held our third New York Design Collective UX Meetup in New York, focusing on the financial services sector.
We followed our usual format and kicked off the session with an NYC startup showcasing their service, this month we had the Uber of private flights, Beacon. Beacon showcased their unlimited private flight platform where users pay a monthly fee for unlimited travel between supported destinations. They went onto to discuss how their user experience extends to the offline experience of convenience and luxury; the service allows users to avoid the lines and long wait times associated with commercial travel and they can reserve and make changes in seconds with the Beacon app or concierge.
We then moved onto to our panel, which was focused on the current and future of UX within this industry. Amongst the panel were representatives from Citi, Accrue and LearnVest.
Some of the topics of discussion included: the challenges of working with personal and confidential data, shifting legacy culture and modernizing practices in larger organizations built on old platforms and the demands of working in a highly regulated industry where making sure your idea is legal is an important first step.
The common goal that all the panelists had was to improve financial experiences and make it simpler, clearer and easier. There was one clear challenge (and an opportunity) for improving the digital experience of financial services “Nobody LOVES their banks interface and nobody LOVES dealing with their finances.”
The speakers discussed the various ways they are trying to improve their user’s experience with their brands, spotlighting interesting insights into their design thinking. All the speakers stressed the Importance of great UX in their organizations and the lengths they go to be constantly improving.
LearnVest shared the five key UX principles that influence their decisions:
- What’s the point?
- Does it support the vision?
- Will the user know what to do?
- Is it simple and elegant?
- Can we make it simpler and more elegant?
Our speakers shared their ‘Next Big Things in financial services:
Insight & Intelligence- using data to give people smarter reasons to do something, understanding why you should do something and what to do, with the help of technology.
Empowerment- where will millennials put their money? Showing them why, giving them a total financial picture, educating people to make smarter financial decisions.
Seamless Utility and Big Life Moment presence- providing predictive assistance, using smart technology to help people financially, e.g if a cheque is going to bounce automatically transferring funds from another account rather than that user incurring a charge, banks helping customers rather than penalizing.
Come along to our next Idean New York: UX Design Collective: Monthly Startup Showcase + Industry Panel on December 9th.
Idean New York: UX Design Collective: Monthly Startup Showcase + Industry Panel
Wednesday, Dec 9, 2015, 6:00 PM
WeWork Penn Station
315 W 36TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10017 New York, NY
69 Makers, Creators and Designers Attending
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#IdeanNYC #UX #Meetup
New (Temporary) Home for Our New York Team
Since announcing our plans to open a New York studio, we’ve been building up the team and after outgrowing our temporary accommodation, we’ve moved to a bigger space in Hells Kitchen, near Penn Station in Manhattan.
We’re growing the team and will have 15 members of the Idean family in our temporary home by the end of this year. And we’re making it as “Idean” as possible with our Club #FOMO named meeting room.
Our Hells Kitchen studio is where we’ll be until we find our permanent home. You can check out some pictures of the new studio and team below via Flickr.
Want to join the NYC team? Check out the roles we’re currently recruiting.
Ideanists take part in Ultrahack
With a mix of professionals and students the event was packed with creative individuals wanting to deliver amazing innovative solutions to the problems and briefs given.
Ideanists were on hand (at the Idean stand) to offer guidance and tips on specific problems that the teams had run into, with a vast range of visual and UX design questions the team was kept busy. The event had a great vibe and the it was amazing to work with such great young coders and designers. You can read more about our involvement here.
And check out our photos from the event, via our Flickr gallery.
#Ultrahack #Slush15 #Hackathon
Idean Shares the Importance of Culture at Slush
Our HR & Talent Acquisition Lead, Johanna Noreila, is facilitating and speaking at two roundtables at Slush. The theme for both of these is While Hunting for Billion Dollars, a Million Small Things Matter – the focus will be on looking at the employee experience and company culture.
Johanna will be the only representative from the HR field and as Idean’s culture is such an important priority for our leadership team, we’re honored to be part of this.
The two 45 minute invite-only sessions are being hosted for seven handpicked startups and will take place at 4pm on 11th and 12th November.
#Slush15 #Culture #JoyandPlay
Joshua Ledet to Perform in Finland for the First Time
The star is to perform at Slush festival’s Grand Opening Party.
Joshua Ledet released his debut single “Love Can Do” back in September in Finland and he is visiting the country for the first time to perform during Slush festival.
Joshua Ledet entered the hearts of people across the world in 2012 when he appeared on American Idol and three years after the show, he is now confident he has found his style and is ready to start his music career.
Joshua is performing at the Slush Grand Opening Party at Apollo Live Club on Tuesday 10th November. Joshua said: “I am so happy to be visiting and performing in Finland for the first time. I have heard so much about the country and met a lot of Finnish people so it is an honor to be asked to perform as part of the Slush Grand Opening Party.”
Global design agency, Idean, which was founded in Finland, executive produced the anthem, which was performed by Joshua Ledet and they went on to land a deal with Warner Music. “Love Can Do” and the accompanying music video (available to view on YouTube) was released by Warner Indonesia in August, where it was the number one play-listed song on some of the biggest radio stations in Indonesia. The song was then released on iTunes in the U.S. and Finland in September.
Idean provided the lucky break that Joshua needed. The agency’s CEO and Co-Founder, Risto Lähdesmäki, met with Joshua over a year ago and wanted to help him to get his career kick started. This coincided with Risto’s decision to produce a company anthem; to tell the story of “Love Can Do” and Joshua Idean produced a short film.
He said: “It’s so hard to describe the culture of Idean, we really are like one big family. We wanted to describe the unique environment and values and we thought the best way to do that was to create a song.
“Once we found Joshua, we had to select a song that matched both Idean’s needs and Joshua’s voice and style. As soon as I listened to the words of the song and heard Joshua sing it, I knew it was perfect.”
“Love Can Do” was written by Bernie Herms and Drew Ramsey. Herms has worked with artists such as Barbara Streisand and Josh Groban, whilst Ramsey is a Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer who has worked with many artists including John Legend.
The official music video for “Love Can Do” was directed by Idean’s Los Angeles Head of Studio, Andreas Neumann, who also leads the firm’s content production arm.
The sweeping imagery, which was shot on location in the desert of “Joshua Tree” California, was filmed using multiple drones and the latest 4K high tech camera technologies.
Local Press in Finland:
Markkinointi & Mainonta (Marketing & Advertising industry magazine): “American Idol laulaa suomalaisyhtiön arvoista” (Nov 7, 2015)
Ilta-Sanomat (daily digest, Finland): “American Idol -kilpailija esiintyy tiistaina Helsingissä – ”Suomalaisten kanssa on hieno tehdä töitä” (Nov 10, 2015)
City.fi (City magazine) “American Idol -tähti laulaa suomalaisfirman arvoista” (Nov 10, 2015)
#JoshuaLedet #LoveCanDo #IdeanTalent #Slush15
Accelerating Growth for the Next Big Things
Startup Sauna connects the most promising startups from Nordics, Eastern Europe and Russia with experienced serial entrepreneurs, investors and other industry experts through an intensive one-month accelerator program.
Johanna is involved with the program, to offer the startups advice on recruitment, HR management and specifically on building and protecting company culture.
Johanna said: “I was thrilled to be asked to be a coach for this fall’s Startup Sauna accelerator program. It’s fantastic to be able to take time out of my full time role at Idean and really help some the companies in taking their next steps in creating awesome future workplaces!”
As part of the accelerator companies receive 1on1 coaching, pitching and hands-on help.
#StartupSauna #StartUp #HRCoaching
Idean Participates in Europe’s Largest Hackathon
At Idean we’re always happy to work with volunteers who want to create a better digital world. We’re on the same mission!
Mikko-Pekka Hanski, Customer Experience Strategist and Co-Founder of Idean, said: “Our aim at Ultrahack is to ensure that whatever the teams create during the hackathon is awesome, beautiful and easily understandable.”
A small team from Idean will be there and working directly with the developers and their challenges. We’ll be getting hands on with the participants to create some amazing results in under 48 hours.
Mikko-Pekka, Matias, Jimmy and Olivia from the Helsinki studio will be there to help one of the teams push their ideas even further.
Watch this space!
#Slush15 #Ultrahack #Hackathon
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