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Not Long Until Idean Hits Iceland
The excitement is rising at our Idean House’s across the globe, as it’s just over two weeks until we head off to the stunning volcanic island of Iceland, where we will spend four days together.
You’re probably thinking what does a Idean gathering of this size look and feel like? Well our super talented team in LA made a short video about last year’s trip to Hawaii, shot and directed by Andreas Neumann. Check it out below or here!
#IdeanHawaii #JoyandPlay #IdeanIceland
SXSW PanelPicker 2016 – Vote for Us!
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences & Festivals is one of the leading global events within the music, film and technology industries. Held in Austin, Texas every March, it is a launchpad for new creative content.
The festival combines presentations, music showcases, film screenings, workshops and conference panel discussions. We’re delighted to announce that Idean has submitted two sessions for next year’s event and in order to make the cut we need your votes via the SXSW PanelPicker.
First up, if you want to discover more about ‘The Design Leader’s Playbook’ then make sure you cast your vote for this session. In this SXSW Interactive workshop hosted by Idean’s CEO & Co-Founder, Risto Lähdesmäki and Austin’s Head of Studio, Liya James, they’ll share with you a framework that every leader can use to create a thriving culture and sustainable outcome from investing in design instead of short-turn unpredictable results at the mercy of a few magical unicorn. Vote here for this session.
For the second submission Austin’s Lead UI Developer, Matt Wells, and Visual Designer, Manuel Gonzalez have teamed up with IBM Design Language Lead, Hayley Hughes to deliver ‘Ease Into Motion: A Team Approach to UI Animation’. In this panel discussion you’ll discuss the value of animating with your whole team from the beginning of a project. The panel will deconstruct the thinking behind bringing static screens to life and dive into the art of choreography. Vote here for this session.
And our final submission comes from Senior Project Manager, Shahin Murray, who will deliver a presentation on ‘Autonomy and Organization for Creative Teams.’ In this session you’ll learn underlying economic, motivational, and strategic theories that are driving forward the adoption of autonomy in creative industries and see how industry giants like Google, Valve, and Spotify have leveraged autonomy. New patterns of organization will nurture happier teams and more innovative working environments, so you don’t want to miss this! Vote here for this session.
See you in Austin in 2016!
#IdeanSXSW #SXSW #PanelPicker
Encouraging Joy & Play – in Iceland!
Culture is extremely important for Idean. It’s something we pride ourselves on. We want to be the best place to work and for everyone to feel part of the Idean family. And we’ve even won awards for it.
We have a number of initiatives that we have put in place to help us establish and maintain our unique culture. One of the cornerstones of that is the theme of Joy and Play. We believe that sharing experiences and taking time out of everyday work is important to build and maintain relationships.
For the last couple of years we have held annual breaks, one location for our US team and another for our Finnish collective. But this year for the first time we’re bringing the entire Idean family together in one place. It’s going to be big. This year’s trip will take place in Iceland.
Iceland is the perfect location for Idean’s company trip as although it is a small country it is bursting with natural wonders. Providing a unique mix of volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, lava fields, black sand beaches and dramatic mountains. This truly amazing backdrop of natural outstanding beauty is perfect for the Idean team to collaborate, bond and get creative.
During late August every Idean employee from Finland to California will come together for four days. This has created a lot of excitement within all of the studios and the main topic of conversation has been the food. This is why.
For the internal launch we asked Ideanists to submit their best Icelandic inspired photo shop entries, entitled ‘Masters of Photoshop’ and the results were stunning. Our competition lead and Head Judge, Jani Reijonen, oversaw the process. So here is the winning entry, which was submitted by Helsinki UX Designer, Elisa Pyrhönen. Congratulations!
We’ll be sharing the Masters of Photoshop runners-up entries over the next week. Do you wish you were coming to Iceland with us? Then why not join Idean? Check out all of our current vacancies here.
#IdeanIceland #JoyandPlay #IdeanCareers
The Industrial Internet Explored
We took some time out with Greg Petroff, Chief Experience Officer, at GE Software at our recent UX Summit in San Francisco to explore what the Internet of Things means to him and where he sees it heading.
“The IoT itself is probably going to be the largest revolution in business for the next 20 years. And it’s going to be of value similar to the Industrial Revolution in terms of the impact it has on society”, says Greg.
#IndustrialInternet #IoT #IdeanUXS
Idean Launches Immersive Program for Design Transformation
Unlike any other initiative in the past, Idean is launching a completely new educational program, the Idean Design Academy. It is aimed at corporate executives and VP-level leaders to provide the tools around design thinking, and inspire their organization with revolutionary customer experience design.
Held this July in Silicon Valley for the first time, the inaugural class of 2015 will learn practical tools focused on how to take design transformation and leadership to the next level.
The three-day immersive program held in Menlo Park, California on July 7-9, will bring together the very best UX design mentors including Idean’s CEO Risto Lahdesmaki and founder behind the Design Index Value and Motiv Strategies, Jeneanne Rae.
During this immersive experience you can expect to:
- Learn the importance of user-centric design
- Be able to assess your organization’s current design maturity
- Discover the latest design approaches and how they will expedite go-to-market
- Develop the skills to enable you to lead and support your organization’s design culture
Risto Lahdesmaki said: “We are ecstatic to launch the Idean Design Academy and help leaders to personally develop their skills but also take their organization to another level and become more user-centric. We have an amazing group of people from Fortune 500 companies joining this transformative program, and earning the Idean Design Certificate”.
Learn more about Idean’s Design Academy here.
If you have any enquiries relating to the Academy, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
#IdeanAcademy #DesignLeadership #UX
Celebrate Midsummer in Silicon Valley
We’re bringing the Finnish celebration of Midsummer to Silicon Valley. Midsummer (or juhannus in Finnish) is one of the main national holidays in the Nordics and as Idean was founded in Finland, we want to bring the tradition over to California for everyone to enjoy.
On Friday, June 26, we’re gathering everyon at Idean House, Palo Alto to celebrate and discuss about UX. You will enjoy some tasty food, delicious drinks and fantastic music.
RSVP now and join us to celebrate Midsummer.
#Idean #Midsummer #Juhannus
The Future of Internet TV
We held our 14th UX Summit in San Francisco, which concentrated on the theme of ‘UX as a Transformation Strategy’. Here we share a short interview with one of the speakers, Paolo Malabuyo, Director of Design at Netflix.
Paolo Malabuyo is a veteran practitioner of branded user experience design and creative management. In his current role, Paolo is joined by a great team of innovative designers responsible for the user experience of the world’s leading internet TV network. Until January 2015 he was Vice President of Advanced User Experience Design at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America where he led the team responsible for discovering, designing, and prototyping the future user experience of the connected automobile that’s delightful and uniquely Mercedes-Benz. Previously he was at Zynga as Director of Product in the mobile division where he worked on designing and building their new mobile social gaming network.
Here Paolo shares his thoughts on internet TV and how this is changing, including consumption trends and creating a personalized service.
#IdeanUXS #Netflix #IdeanSF
IndustryHack – Timeless Digital Design
Senior Designers Roope Kärki and Aaron Palmer, went along to the third IndustryHack event in Finland. Here Roope shares what happened over the weekend.
History repeats itself
Finnish glass design company, Iittala, was established in 1881. They were producing solid work from the beginning, but the era of timeless design started later. In 1946 they had a competition for engraved glass models, which was won by Tapio Wirkkala, Kaj Franck coming second. Iittala hired both designers and their unconventional designs ignited a new era in Iittala’s design, which also affected Nordic design as a whole.
Industry hack is a series of hackathons for Finnish industrial companies to get passionate people under the same roof and figure out specific problems or even establish seeds for new design directions for a range of products. This time IndustryHack was in Hämeenlinna in the beautiful location of Katisten Kartano.
Direction for the design
Now, instead of engraved glass Iittala and the teams were giving digital design a go for the first time. The only brief that the teams were set was to create something that met Iittala’s main philosophy: Enriching lives with beautiful and functional objects, not distracting from life. Iittala feels that screens are currently withdrawing us from life.
Know your material and past
Before we got started we had a tour of the factory and heard stories from glass masters as well as having the chance to try out glass blowing. We learned that it can take 10 years for a glass master to learn how to create a Toikka Bird. Most do not ever learn it. During the tour we heard about why old glass turns green and learned more about the traditional line of design before Wirkkala and Franck came onboard. The knowledge, empathy and appreciation for the process was felt amongst the hackers.
Interplay of materials and ideas leverages imagination
Usually when beginning a hackathon the teams can get carried away with utilizing the technology rather than what is suitable for the users. If they have a hammer everything starts to look like a nail. In this phase it is our job, as a mentor, to usually jump in and direct the focus for the people and their problems, so that teams can think solutions more holistically. This needed to happen surprisingly little. Maybe it was Iittala’s glassware that kept the teams rooted into the people and beauty.
The magic started to happen when the teams got to dive into the Iittala’s products and sensors and leverage their imagination with the interplay of materials and ideas. They treated hacking with deep empathy for the Iittala’s tradition; not restricting themselves but actually transforming restrictions and appreciation to great ideas.
The stroke of genius moment – beautiful visions
Some of the original ideas became much better after the prototype was set up and then experimentation with different light patterns was undertaken. The end result was more of an accident caused by serendipity.
A bird has been a carrier pigeon and a signal for time of day for centuries: Now Toikka Bird delivered messages between a family and became active when there was life around it.
The light in Iittala Alvar Aalto vase helped you take care of the flower inside it and provided Northern Lights inspired colors when the flower needed taking care of, offering a full user interface directly in the vase, delivered through beautiful light.
From screens into objects and gestures
Only a few of the groups did any kind of user interface displays. The object user interfaces felt so much more intuitive and self-explanatory that adding a display next to it was seen to reduce the magic, not amplify it.
Imagine a lamp that you gently touch and it just changes luminosity and color, seen immediately wherever the other connected lamp is. Would you add a mobile phone notification on top of that?
Three principles for timeless digital design
These common threads were seen throughout the teams’ designs:
- Timeless digital design is by the people for the people. The teams got inspiration from the stories they heard and envisioned how their work was enriching lives to make them more beautiful.
- Timeless digital design is beautiful. The function becomes the form and technology becomes invisible. It’s art and magic.
- Timeless digital design is modular. You can replace electronic parts as they are consumed but you can keep the glass forever and this can be left as a legacy.
An awesome experience
It was so inspiring to be part of this one of a kind IndustryHack. The teams were brilliant. They did not clock watch calculating the hours until home time. They are at home when they do this. They are alive when they do this and they create liveliness around them as they work. I would strongly encourage you to come to the next hackathon. It will change your way of working, for the better.
Roope Kärki is a designer with extensive experience in hackathons, pop-up studios and workshops under his belt. Roope has mentored, judged and participated in numerous events and even won an award in the Finnish Game Jam.
Roope wants to continue to work with talented people to solve the biggest problems in the world. And he doesn’t mind getting his own hands dirty in the process.
#IndustryHack #IdeanHKI #Hackathon
Building an Online Justice System
We held our 14th UX Summit in San Francisco, which concentrated on the theme of ‘UX as a Transformation Strategy’. Here we share a short interview with one of the speakers, Colin Rule, COO, of Modria, a Silicon Valley company that offers online dispute resolution implementation assistance.
Colin founded Modria in 2011, after being eight years a Director of Online Dispute Resolution for eBay and Paypal.
Colin Rule, said: “Good user experience is integrated with the objective of the site.
It’s part of that overall process of getting the user where they need to go.”
#IdeanUXS #IdeanSF #DisputeResolution
We Celebrate Idean’s Unique Culture at Hirepalooza
Some of the Idean team spent yesterday at San Francisco’s largest hiring event, Hirepalooza. We picked up an award, we had a keynote speaking slot and we took over two booths with a constant line of people interested in learning more about Idean!
Hirepalooza provided an opportunity to showcase our careers and company culture. Our HR team, alongside a developer and representative from our marketing team, met potential candidates and talked about the current vacancies and employment opportunities within Idean.
Our US Recruitment Lead, Marina Djordjecvic, said: “It was a really good turnout and we were able to tell hundreds people all about Idean and the opportunities we have to become part of the Idean family. It was a very curious crowd, who had lots of questions! It provided us with an opportunity to tell people who we are, what we’re about and where we have opportunities. It was so successful we ran out of all our swag (T-shirts, stickers, tin mints and flyers regarding our next events”.
Our COO Ville Kurki gave a fantastic feature presentation centred around “Employees That Play Together, Stay Together: Creating A Company Culture that Sticks”. “It was wonderful to meet new candidates and spread the word about our company culture, not only as an exhibitor but also as the Winner of the Hirepalooza Culture Award Social Organizing”, he points out. Later, he walked on the stage to pick up the shiny glass award.
“We had some good conversations and met some great people. Overall it was a really successful event for us and I can’t wait to see some of the people we met at Hirepalooza working in an Idean studio soon”, mentions Jeremy White, Senior Mobile Developer at Idean.
You can view Ville’s presentation on our Slideshare account or below:
Interested in learning more about working at Idean? Visit our website and learn more about the current opportunities.
#IdeanCareers #JoyandPlay #Hirepalooza