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It’s Official – Our LA Studio is (Almost) Open
We’re delighted to confirm that our LA studio is officially opening on February 27 and to mark the occasion we’re holding two very special Idean events.
Both events are designed to not only celebrate the opening of Idean’s LA studio, located right next to Sunset Boulevard, but to meet and connect with businesses and the design and tech community in the area.
The first event is our signature UX Summit – we hold these events all across the world but this will be the first Summit to be held in LA.
The tremendous speaker lineup in Los Angeles with Joe Pine, Author of the Best-Selling The Experience Economy and Co-Founder of Strategic Horizons, Curt Collinsworth, Head of UX at Logitech, Benjamin Matthews, Director of UX at LG Electronics, and Entrepreneur Guy Bar-Nahum (formerly of Apple & Samsung) will truly open your mind about User Experience design.
The theme of this edition of the Summit is ‘The True Value of User Experience.’ To find out more and to register your place, visit our Idean UX Summit site.
A new studio for us also means an official opening party and we wouldn’t want to change the habit of a lifetime! Join us as we formally launch the studio. We’d love to see you there and you’ll get the opportunity to meet the Idean team. For more information and to register visit our Eventbrite page.
Idean Los Angeles
1450 N Spaulding Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90046
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Idean creates a smart watch app to take control of Doris and Herta (they’re 25-tonne cranes, by the way)
Idean lead developer Andrew Longstaff and art director Tero Urvanta explain what went down (and up again) when they took part in a fascinating IndustryHack event hosted by Konecranes earlier this month.
IndustryHack is a series of ‘hackathons’ for coders, designers, and makers to flex their muscles devising new applications and services. Konecranes has been a world-leading manufacturer of cranes and lifting equipment for over 80 years.
Idean is one of the main partners of IndustryHack and over the series of 10 events, there will be members of the Idean team to present and coach the participants to help come up with innovation concepts. So when Konecranes and IndustryHack hosted their first event, Idean sent along Andrew and Tero to see what they could cook up – using smart phone and watch interfaces in conjunction with these mighty industrial monsters. The stage was set for a memorable encounter with Doris and Herta, the cranes.
The Idean team decided to make a more accessible solution for crane operators who were less experienced, perhaps just using a crane occasionally, and only using the basic movements in an ad hoc manner.
They prototyped a solution based on the Samsung Gear smart watch platform, a readily available interface that would be minimally invasive to carry for occasional use, with only direct and intuitive interactions.
A beautifully clear and bold wrist-based interface turned out to be the ideal complement to the big cranes’ capabilities.
With a simple ‘dead man’s switch’ approach, the Idean team created an interface based entirely on touch, which allows the user to keep their eyes on the surroundings rather than worry about the interface itself. Haptic feedback is also used to give short vibration alerts and feedback. You can see our baby in action with a quick video demonstration here.
We felt our solution would increase awareness of surroundings (always a key priority with cranes) when used by less experienced controllers, and would also limit distractions and unintended movements, and therefore increase confidence in simple activities. All this was achievable with the wrist interface while keeping a strict focus on safety.
Overall the event had a great atmosphere and feedback Andrew and Tero received was fantastic. Konecranes even asked our team if they could use the video internally, so we’re happy to have developed our own thinking and proved that technology can be made meaningful and beautiful – all in the space of a weekend.
Idean UX Summit 12: The Future of CX
The Future of CX – The Billion Dollar Question held on Friday, February 6th is the 12th in a series of groundbreaking events where we explore the wider impact that Customer Experience has on your business at the strategy level. Join us to learn from thought leaders at companies like Logitech, IBM Design, Swisscom, Gozamm and many others as we gather to explore how companies implement customer experience strategies and user experience competence to make successful products people need and want.
Idean UX Summit speakers include:
- Adam Cutler, Design Studio Program Director, IBM Design
- Ursula Oesterle, VP of Innovation, Swisscom
- Curt Collinsworth, Head of UX, Logitech
- Johan Premfors, Co-Founder, Gozamm
- Harry Webber, Creative Director, Idean
- Risto Lahdesmaki, CEO & Co-Founder, Idean
- Mikko-Pekka Hanski, Co-Founder, Idean
The event is held at The Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, a Spanish-style mansion with beautiful surroundings for a creative day.
Read more & register at: http://ideanuxsummit.com/
Idean Finland Campus Tour
Here at Idean we are constantly on the hunt for the best and brightest talent. Naturally this search would lead us to some really amazing educational institutions. This spring Idean will embark on a campus tour across Finland in search of students and recent graduates that show amazing promise in the areas of both design and development.
We will start our tour with a trip to the beautiful city of Tampere.
Idean will take part to the 2- day recruitment happening Yrityspäivät by hosting a pop-up studio and workshop area. Our theme this time will be Vacation 2.0. so come and solve and design creative solutions for your vacation together with Idean’s designers and team on Feb 4th-5th!
Idean will also host a Happy Hour at the beautiful cocktail bar Barmacia on Wednesday Feb 4th from 5 pm onwards. This get-together is aimed for all friends of Idean, so join us for a custom-made Nessie drink and maybe a few moves to the UX Rap!
For more information about the events and jobs at Idean please visit the links below!
Stay tuned for more dates & events.
Idean Campus Tour
Here at Idean we are constantly on the hunt for the best and brightest talent. Naturally this search would lead us to some really amazing educational institutions. This spring 2015 Idean will embark on a campus tour across America in search of students and recent graduates that show amazing promise in the areas of both design and development.
We will start our tour with a trip to the beautiful campus of University of Washington in Seattle on Thursday January 29th.
We are attending the HCDE Career Fair and seeking for talented students from the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering.
Then, we are heading to Indiana University in Bloomington, IN on February 2nd & 3rd. Idean is hosting a special Happy Hour for the people of HCDI, Human-Computered Interaction/Design. Yes!
On Friday, February 27th Idean team will be enjoying the creative atmosphere of Savannah College of Art & Design. The Career site has great information, and Idean HR team is really looking forward to be there!
Last stop of the Spring Campus Tour is at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA on March 27th. We will have a great team from Idean showing what an #awesome place it is to work at, and start your professional path.
See you there!
CES 2015 – Day 0
Ready to join #VegasWithIdean?
It has been an exciting day, setting up for the start of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show #CES2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada which starts tomorrow!
During the launch press conference today, drones were predicted to be a $1bn business by 2018. More than 100 different types of drones will be displayed at the show, so naturally our team is equipped with aluminum flyswatters just in case.
Virtual reality is also expected to be a major feature of the show in 2015. As CEA chief economist and director of research, Shawn DuBravac, so eloquently said: “This will be a huge, defining year for VR.” Boom.
As can be expected, #CES2015 will have something exciting for everyone as over 3,500 exhibitors take to their stands and a predicted 160,000+ visitors prepare to see just what the industry has to offer us. We are here to bring you the what’s what, so stay tuned!
Idean Opens San Francisco Studio
Hop on’ Nessie’s Cable Car!
That’s right, Idean is elated to share that we are opening our newest Idean House in gorgeous San Francisco in the SOMA District. Our newest house is filled with plenty of natural light, a mixture of hardwood and concert floors and industrial touch all while boosting that Idean ‘at home’ feeling. Not to mention it’s perfectly situated in the City by the bay as an addition to our Palo Alto studio.
“We are super excited to extend our local reach from Silicon Valley through the Peninsula to San Francisco. Our studios in San Francisco and Palo Alto provide together the most awesome assets and talent to serve the coolest startups and Fortune 500 companies.” Risto Lähdesmäki CEO of Idean comments.
Please join us December 5th, 2014 for an awesome Idean launch party at our newest Idean House. More details will follow shortly, and no need to worry about the noise level we’ve got the whole space to ourselves!
Visit our careers page at www.idean.com/careers to learn how we create beautiful, awesome things. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin to hear and see what #lifeatidean is like!
Can’t wait to see you at the launch party!
Idean San Francisco
431 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Idean Opens Los Angeles Studio
Lights! Camera! Nessie! We are thrilled to share that Idean is expanding its roots, and ready to make an impact in the heart of West Hollywood! Our newest studio will be located right off the world famous Sunset Boulevard in a classic craftsman style Hollywood Bungalow and will be lead by Andreas Neumann, Head of Studio & Creative Director.
Andreas is an immensely successful creative leader and has extensive experience in the creative industry, running large departments at Saatchi & Saatchi and Grey Advertising, in addition to successful startups. We are elated to have Andreas join the Idean family and can not wait to see the great work he and the LA studio will do.
“We are extremely excited to open our new design studio in the heart of West Hollywood to work more closely with the media & entertainment industry, our customers and the best UX talent – LA is all about “the experience” and very natural fit for us” says Risto Lähdesmäki, CEO of Idean.
Want to join the Idean family too? You’re in luck because we’re looking to hire amazing talent who develop and design beautiful things. Learn more about our current openings at www.idean.com/careers
We look forward to you joining us on the UX walk-of-fame!
Idean Los Angeles
1450 N Spaulding Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
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Idean Austin UX Summit 9: Designing Brand Experiences
The Idean UX Summit is a groundbreaking event series where we will discuss the broader impact of UX design. At this summit, we’ll take a deep dive into how UX is influencing the future of branding. Top industry experts will offer insights, tools, and frameworks for integrating concepts that companies like Spotify, Apple, Virgin, and Samsung use to create long-term brand value and improve the bottom line.
Speakers & Panelists include:
- Thomas Gad, Senior Strategist & Founder, Brandflight
- Randall Macon, Chief Innovation Officer, Verb
- Ian Swinson, Senior Director; User Experience, Salesforce.com
- Guy Bar-Nahum, VP Mobile UX Lab, Research, Samsung
- Andres Saa, Creative Lead; Interaction Design, Dell
- Adam Cutler, Design Studio Program Director, IBM Design
- Dennis Chatham, UX Creative Director, Homeaway
- Risto Lahdesmaki, CEO, Idean
Bonus Program: Strategies for Designing Brand Experiences. A hands-on, interactive workshop led by Liya James, Head of Studio, Idean Austin.
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Idean’s Pop-up Studio – Arki 2.0 @ Helsinki Design Week
Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. Held annually in September, the multidisciplinary festival presents design from a number of fields as well as fashion, architecture and urban culture. This year Helsinki Design Week is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the theme Taking the Leap. The festival dates are 4-14 September.
Join Idean’s Pop-up Studio – Arki 2.0 @ Helsinki Design Week
What could function better in your everyday life? Would you like to have a chance to develop a prototype for your future application from setting up your coffee machine to scheduling your after work activities?
Idean welcomes you to our first time ever Pop-up workshop studio in Cafe Fanny Helsinki!
When: Sept.5 at 2.30-4.30pm
Where: Café Fanny, Bulevardi 40
Who: Everyone who cares about awesome UX
Please RSVP to Arki 2.0 on Eventbrite.
After the work is done, you are all welcome to our legendary UX Happy Hour starting from 5.00pm and our theme is Be and Wear the future. The UX Happy Hour is hosted at Idean House , Kauppaneuvoksentie 8, 00200 Helsinki.
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