When Objects Talk Back

The Control Dilemma

We expect a lot from something that is labeled as smart. But as smart as a product could be, data analysis and sensing is not enough to design a fully trustworthy experience. By relying on a product’s smartness, we tend to hide complexity. And by focusing on connectedness we outsource all controls to remote applications.

30 Weeks: How Are the Future Founders Doing?

frog Helps Transform Designers into Founders

A new study by The Design Management Institute and Motiv Strategies found that over the last 10 years, design-led companies have maintained significant stock market advantage, outperforming the S&P by an extraordinary 228%. If design plays such a big part in a company’s success, how come there are very few designer founders? That’s about to change.

Design Thinking in Harvard Square

The business community’s growing interest in design recently took frog to Harvard’s Innovation Lab for a crash course in the process and techniques of sensemaking, or how we turn qualitative research data into design.

Roam Ropes Headphones: Reflecting on the Design Inspiration

Fluidity and motion are what we experience in real life. The best moments are split seconds in time when we careen aimlessly like tumbleweed, and suddenly realize, with stunning clarity, that you are going somewhere. Usually, for me, these moments come with a soundtrack. So my ability to quickly access music should be able to keep up with my journey.

Mobile Design Will Enhance the Lives of Smallholder Farmers

Approximately 500 million underserved smallholder farmers (small single family farms) around the world lack access to critical information, financial services, and markets needed to support their livelihood. With mobile phone penetration in the developing world exceeding 70%, the mobile channel presents a compelling market opportunity to deliver life-changing services to these marginalized farmers. 

Conversations about Reimagining Cities

Over the summer a number of frogs participated in the New Cities Summit in Dallas. We had a number of conversations with some of the brightest minds on how to go about designing the cities of the future. The following are a few of the most interesting conversations we had.

SXSW PanelPicker Now Open - Vote for frog!

Summer may be coming to a close, but the SXSW season is just warming up! This week, SXSW Interactive opened their PanelPicker voting system that allows the Internet community to weigh in on the sessions they want to see next March.

为产品设计“心智模型”

清晨六点半,厨房里突然传来水开了的声音。伴着依旧朦胧的睡意,我轻轻地起床,摸索着向厨房走去。经过浴室的时候,听见邻居家的洗衣机已经开始工作了。此时,厨房里又传来研磨的声音,于是我继续前进去一探究竟。进门的那一刻,一股熟悉的浓香扑面而来,温润而又醇厚。虽说闹钟还未响,然而豆浆机似乎认为是时候给我来杯豆浆了。

产品进化改变交互方式

对于时下大部分的产品,我们通常用一个开关或者一个手势就能启动,为了确保它们按照我们的要求,我们可能还需要再提供一些必要的信息与指令。长期以来,掌控是普遍认同的体验设计基本原则之一。遵循这个原则的产品往往服从指令、响应迅速、符合预期并且恪守其责。依据明确的需求与目标,我们创造出这些产品,使他们成为我们的左膀右臂,让我们得以更快、更好、更轻松地完成我们想做的事情,使不可能成为可能。