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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.
#IdeanPaloAlto #NextStep #SiliconValley
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.
Day 2 at #CES2016
As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 opened for a second day there was still a buzz after all of connected car news that broke the day before, but day two had some highlights of its own.
The big news that came out was consumer electronics giant, Samsung, who outlined its ambitions in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. Samsung’s IT business president, W.P. Hong, used his keynote session to promise that the IoT isn’t just some vague concept that’s happening in the future, it’s already here. He gave some Samsung examples including the Family Hub Refrigerator and FlexDuo stove. Samsung is also making IoT software as well as services.
Day two, also saw us host the legendary Idean CES Happy Hour and it was an event not to be missed.
“It’s always fantastic to be at CES with the Idean team, as it offers us the chance to connect with some new and old faces and discuss what’s happening in the design and tech space”, Risto Lähdesmäki, CEO & Founder of Idean said. “It’s also a great place to see what launches will be happening in the next 12 months and how this will impact what we do”.
#CES2016 #IdeanCES #HappyHour
Aiming at growing your leadership skills in your organization?
Idean Design Leadership Academy
Three Days In a Beautiful Spanish Villa to Develop Your Organization’s Design Capabilities
Growing their design competency and capability is on a lot of organization’s 2016 agenda. Idean’s multi-disciplinary Design Leadership Training has attracted leaders of product, marketing, communications, innovation, and design from companies like 3M, UBM, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, Prudential, and many more.
Our next Academy is in Menlo Park, California in January 26-28th. Read more at www.idean.com/academy
We reserved a few seats for a New Year Resolution give-away! You can use ideandesignacademy.eventbrite.com and use a special discount code ACADEMYFRIEND2016 to book the 3 day program for $2,000.00.
The training includes full hospitality (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and evening events (dinner at LB Steak, Happy Hour with open bar, and Graduation Ceremony)!
Convince your boss about Design Leadership Academy by watching what our past attendees say about the Academy:
Watch what our past alumni from Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, IBM are saying:
Our Day 1 Highlights from #CES2016!
As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicked off in Las Vegas yesterday, the Idean team was there! We’ve pulled together our favorite moments from the first day.
The theme that dominated day one was the connected car, with big announcements from many of the big manufacturers and some surprises too.
Check out our highlights here via Storify.
Check out what we’ve got planned over CES 2016 and join us!
#CES2016 #ConnectedCar #Automotive
Finnish Film “The Fencer” Nominated for Golden Globe and Shortlisted for Oscar
“The Fencer”, a story about an Estonian fencing champion on the run from the Soviet secret police, is a thriller based on a true Cold War story. The film is directed by Klaus Häro and is based on an original screenplay by Anna Heinämaa.
“The Fencer” premiered in Finland in March and has been praised for “its classical and solid storyline.”
As well as being nominated for a Golden Globe, it’s one of the nine motion pictures on the shortlist for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination.
Just two days ago “The Fencer took” the prestigious opening night screening slot at the Palm Springs film festival, which could help its chances for greater honors.
The film, which stars Mart Avandi, was produced by Kai Norberg and Kaarle Aha for Making Movies Oy.
We’ve got our fingers crossed that “The Fencer” rightly receives a Golden Globe and Oscar, and puts Finnish filmmaking on the map!
#TheFencer #GoldenGlobes16 #Oscars16
What We’re Expecting from CES 2016
With the Idean team making their way to Las Vegas for CES, we’ve pulled together an overview of what we expect to see this year.
Last month, Idean’s CEO and Co-Founder, Risto Lähdesmäki, shared with us his predictions for the year ahead and we expect to see one of this come into play at CES this week.
We’ve expecting lots of hardware launches but even more new services which will breath a new lease of life into some existing exciting products. Think moments not hardware or pixels – read more about Risto’s predictions around this.
What we’re expecting to see?
2015 was the year when the conversation around drones really started to pick up and at CES we expect lots of products and services to unveiled around this theme. We’re looking forward to checking out PowerUP FPV, Fleye and Uvify.
We’re not expecting major announcements around VR and instead of reinvention we expect to see more refinement. HTC is rumored to be inviting select journalists to see the revamped Vive VR headset and Sony is hosting an event on Tuesday, which we predict will be around the PlayStation VR headset.
We’re expecting to see less people and more tech, and in the form of robots. With a predicted 71% more space dedicated to robots than there was in 2015. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for new and exciting launches in this space.
We’re really excited to see what services are launched at CES in relation to the Connected Car and we expect to see this take many forms from infotainment systems to autonomous vehicles. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for Faraday Future’s news, as they are set to unveil a “concept” that will help “define the future of mobility” according to the BBC.
The wearable tech or wearables space has been a hot topic at CES for the last couple of years, as well as some of the other main tech events. But we’re now reaching an exciting stage within the space, as we move from just creating products that have tech built in them to useful products and services that can help identify and solve needs.
We expect to see wearables advance in the pet space as well as specially created devices for woman, which has been nicknamed “jewellification” as many of the early wearables appear very masculine.
And last but not least, the Smart Home has been a theme for the last few years but 2015 could be noted as the year when it started to hit real people and real homes. There is a predicted four million UK households alone that have some form of smart home system. We’re looking to Samsung to see what they unveil in the way of Smart TVs which could also control our homes. Livestream Movi, which is brought to us by the live video service, Livestream, is set to unveil a camera for live video recording, which can be used to stream events such as conferences via the built-in 4K HD camera.
We’re very excited to see what the show brings and we’d love to discuss with you the work we’ve been up to in 2015 along with what we feel companies need to do to embrace the technology and ensure an advantage against their competitors.
Be part of our CES experience. Join us for our Idean Opening Cocktail Party on Wednesday January 6th, drop into our Happy Hour on Thursday January 7th or pop into our Idean Lounge at anytime throughout the conference at Hotel Palazzo – more details about all of our events can be found here.
#CES16 #IdeanCES #Tech
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