News, announcements, and more.

Press: November 24, 2014

WIRED: Designing a connected home that isn’t chaos

In their latest opinion piece in WIRED, John Kiechel and Louisa Heinrich discuss ways to avoid chaos in today’s connected homes. “On the surface, adding a bit of tech-enabled intelligence to everyday objects seems like it could do us a lot of good, but it could also make things a good deal more difficult.”

Press: November 19, 2014

PSFK: Water Watcher device monitors consumption via sink in real-time

PSFK takes a look at Water Watcher, our connected device gadget that displays how much water is being used – and wasted – in the home via an LED indicator and an app.

Awards: November 11, 2014

Smart Design wins two Spark Awards for Water Watcher

Smart Design wins two Spark Awards for Water Watcher, a connected device to help monitor water usage.

Press: November 3, 2014

WIRED: Rejoice, tomorrow’s tech will probably stop nagging us

Kelsey O’Callaghan’s latest WIRED opinion piece on why invisible technology may just be the next new luxury.

Press: October 29, 2014

WIRED: The wonderful possibilities of connecting your fridge to the Internet

Dan Saffer’s latest WIRED opinion piece on how to avoid the pitfalls of a meaningless ‘connected fridge’ and how to make connected home products a means to an end for better relationships in our homes.

Press: October 22, 2014

WIRED: Forget cheetah blades. This prosthetic socket is a real breakthrough

When technology meets thoughtful design: WIRED explores our collaboration with LIM Innovations to revolutionize the prosthetics industry and improve the lives of amputees.

Press: October 8, 2014

PSFK: Printed tech envisions personalized monitoring and treatment devices

PARC and Smart Design share a design vision for a smart patch that measures health or delivers medication that can be applied to the skin like a BandAid.

Press: October 7, 2014

WIRED: Personalizing prosthetics

For its Design 2014 issue, WIRED collected 13 exemplars that encompass everything from big ideas to novel forms of expression – including our client LIM Innovations and its revolutionary prosthetics technology.

Press: September 22, 2014

New York Times: High-tech grace notes alter the driving experience

“Cars have secretly been robots for a long time.” – Dan Saffer, Smart’s creative director, talks to the New York Times about today’s car/driving experience.

Press: September 19, 2014

Fast Company: Water Watcher lights up as you’re wasting precious water

Introducing Smart Design’s Water Watcher, a new way to monitor residential water use.

Announcement: September 8, 2014

Smart Design opens new studio in London

Hello, London! Smart Design’s new studio in London is officially open for business – and we couldn’t be more excited to be part of the hottest design and innovation market in Europe (video).

Press: August 31, 2014

designboom: Interview with Smart Design founder Davin Stowell

Our founder Davin Stowell talked to designboom about his career, Smart’s history and core philosophy, and the latest happenings from our new London studio.

Press: August 28, 2014

KCBS: Ronald McDonald House at Stanford Happy Wheels featured in Bay Area News

Smart Design’s collaborator wins service award for Happy Wheels Program.

Event: August 11, 2014

Dan Saffer heads to User Interface 19

Smart Creative Director Dan Saffer brings Microinteractions to UI 19.

Press: August 7, 2014

UX Magazine: What experience designers can learn from Martha Stewart

Russell Blanchard’s latest piece in UX Magazine on what experience designers can learn from Martha Stewart. “Like every good host, brands want consumers to enjoy the experience their products provide.”

Press: August 5, 2014

HBR: How the Internet of Things changes business models

Gordon Hui’s latest piece in Harvard Business Review on how the Internet of Things (IoT) impacts business models. “In a connected world, products are no longer one-and-done.”

 

Press: August 1, 2014

AP: The World Cup’s big winner? Merchandise

An Associated Press story on World Cup merchandise features our partnership with Gatorade to create a new personalized sports fuel system for the Brazil national team (CBF).

Announcement: July 22, 2014

Smart Design moves to London

Hello, London! Smart Design opens a new studio in the hottest design and innovation market in Europe.

Announcement: July 17, 2014

Femme Den: Tory Burch takes on wearables

Shannon Fong, Associate Director of Industrial Design, takes a look at the new collaboration between Fitbit and Tory Burch on the Femme Den website.

Event: July 3, 2014

Carla Diana to speak at TEDxBangalore

Carla Diana, Smart Fellow and a leader of the Smart IxD Lab, heads to TEDxBangalore to speak about 3D printing, storytelling, and future technologies.