News, announcements, and more.

Press: April 28, 2015

Medium: The secrets of the Chief Design Officer

As part of a series of think pieces about The Design Economy from the UK’s Design Council, Smart Design Partner Richard Whitehall weighs in on the rise of the Chief Design Officer.

Press: April 15, 2015

Teen Vogue: The skin care contraption that will prep your skin for Prom

Our client La Lumiere makes light therapy skin care affordable and convenient for teens and adults via Illumask, a wearables, therapeutic mask.

Event: April 15, 2015

Heather Martin to speak at PD+I 2015

Heather Martin, Smart Design’s Vice President of Design, will be presenting “More Than a Product…” at the upcoming PD+I 2015 Conference in London.

Event: April 14, 2015

Brandy Fowler to speak at the NWA’s 2015 Annual Education and Networking Conference & Exhibits

Brandy Fowler, an Associated Director of Strategy at Smart Design, will present at the 2015 Annual Education and Networking Conference & Exhibits.

Press: April 2, 2015

Fast Company: Davin Stowell on 35 years of Smart Design

Davin Stowell, Smart’s founder and CEO, discusses his 35-year career, how to design products with meaning, and why he feels like he’s never had a real job.

Press: March 26, 2015

PAGE Magazine: Interview with Jessi Pervola

PAGE Magazine spoke to Jessi Pervola, our Director of Design, about the changing role of design and how designers can help infuse more effective strategy and innovation thinking into organizations.

Event: March 24, 2015

Smart Design included in new Museum of Modern Art exhibition

Smart Design’s work on the OXO Good Grips paring knife and jar opener is included in the This is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good exhibition at MoMA.

Event: March 18, 2015

Sean O’Connor to speak at Digital Shoreditch 2015

Sean O’Connor, Smart Design’s London Studio Lead, will present a session called “Helping to Solve a Global Health Epidemic” at Digital Shoreditch 2015.

Event: March 16, 2015

Bernardo Schorr to speak at FITC Toronto 2015

Bernardo Schorr, interaction designer at Smart Design, will present the track “Making Mixed Reality Living Spaces” at FITC Toronto 2015.

Event: March 12, 2015

Heather Martin to speak at Digital Shoreditch 2015

Heather Martin, Smart Design’s Vice President of Design, will present a session called “TV Made Just for Me” at Digital Shoreditch 2015.

Event: March 12, 2015

Davin Stowell featured in Gary Hustwit’s new design book

Smart Design founder Davin Stowell will participate in a panel event on March 25 to mark the release of documentary filmmaker Gary Hustwit’s new design book, Helvetica/Objectified/Urbanized: The Complete Interviews.

Event: March 12, 2015

Richard Whitehall and Michael Burkin to speak at Mirren Live New York Conference

Richard Whitehall, Partner, and Michael Burkin, Vice President of Business Development, will present at the Mirren Live 2015 New Business Conference.


Press: March 2, 2015

Core77: Embracing the wild world of wearables

Smart Design’s Carla Diana examines the future of design as technology, fashion and wellness collide.

Press: February 17, 2015

Food Product Design: How design can help kids eat their broccoli

Joey Zeledón offers advice to food companies and brands to help them make fruits and veggies more desirable to kids.

Announcement: February 4, 2015

Drinkfinity beverage system launches in Brazil

Smart Design partners with PepsiCo to develop Drinkfinity, a revolutionary new beverage brand and platform, currently in limited launch in Brazil.

Press: February 2, 2015

PSFK: Seven stories you need to know today

PSFK’s round up of some of the best innovation stories of the week includes our design vision for a health insurance card of the future, first profiled in Fast Company.

Event: February 2, 2015

Gordon Hui to speak at the Internet of Things World conference

Gordon Hui, Smart Design’s Vice President of Strategy, will participate in an IoT user experience design panel at the upcoming 2nd annual Internet of Things World conference.

Event: February 2, 2015

Carla Diana to speak at Cooper Hewitt robotics event

Smart Fellow Carla Diana will participate in a panel event at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum entitled “Robot Invasion: Are Smart Products Running Your Life?”

Press: January 30, 2015

Fast Company: Nudge concept app hopes to point pre-diabetics toward a healthier lifestyle

Fast Company profiles our Nudge concept app aimed at helping pre-diabetics—people with a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes—change their eating habits and make better decisions at retail.

Press: January 30, 2015

Design Taxi: Smart redesign concept of the health insurance card functions like an iPhone

Design Taxi writes about our design vision for a new health insurance card that would make patient health care more tangible and meaningful. Also covered by Fast Company.