Smart in the news

What we’re up to and where we’re headed in the world of meaningful design.

Announcement

Davin Stowell to serve as guest juror for Blank Space’s Driverless Future

This year, Blank Space partners with the NYC Mayor’s Office, New Lab, Fast Company and AIANY to host The Driverless Future, a challenge to shape and envision the impact of autonomous transportation in New York City.

Feb 2017
Announcement

Smart Design named winner for ‘Best Team Agency’

Smart Design has recently been selected as a winner for this year’s UX Magazine Awards, receiving an achievement in the ‘Best Agency Team’ category.

Feb 2017
Press

Heather Martin: How airlines can bring digital experiences to life

Shaped on the ground by digital innovation pioneers including Spotify, Netflix, and Amazon, consumers’ digital expectations are high, and airlines haven’t been able to meet them. Digital disruption presents a clear, new opportunity for airlines to leverage technological innovations and differentiate themselves with great in-flight digital experience.

Feb 2017
Event

Stephanie Yung to join panel at Spark’s Yale Social Impact Conference

In its second year, Yale’s Social Impact Conference will bring together industry experts and undergraduate students to engage in meaningful dialogue about social enterprise through a series of panel discussions and workshops. The conference will provide tools and techniques to address some of society’s most pressing problems.

Jan 2017
Event

UX research and design workshop to develop your startup plan

As part of the W.R. Berkeley Innovation Lab NYU Stern and this year’s $300K Entrepreneur Challenge, Smart Design will run a workshop on user experience research and design. 

Jan 2017
Announcement

Smart Design hires Kelly Clark as new Interaction Design Lead

With over 20 years’ in user-centered design and brand experience, Kelly Clark has been appointed to the role of VP, Design in Smart’s New York studio. A strategic thinker with extensive expertise in digital design, interface design, user experience and research, she brings considerable depth to Smart’s growing interaction design and technology team.

Jan 2017
Press

Gordon Hui: Don’t fight over money, honey

The latest research suggests that millennials are now the largest generation in the housing market. Smart Design’s recent research project ‘Money, Honey’, focusing on couples 18-35, uncovered the financial challenges that couples face today, and reveals what banks and mortgage companies should do to help these couples bridge their financial differences.

Dec 2016
Press

FastCoDesign: UX is changing the way we get high

The 2016 election brought the total number of states that have legalized some form of cannabis use to 28, and as the fastest growing industry in the US, it is projected to rise to a $50 billion industry in the next ten years. With new opportunity, how are designers and entrepreneurs planning to apply user-centered design approaches to this industry in the future?

Dec 2016
Press

Stephanie Yung: Innovation in the Trump era

As the US learned of a new Republican era, Creative Pool interviewed a number of creatives on what a Trump presidency will mean for their industry. This group of optimists and explorers shared their predictions on the challenge of innovating in a divided nation.

Nov 2016
Press

FastCoDesign: Designing a personalized future

Personalization is set to be the major trend of the next decade in products and services. Companies across a range of sectors can now anticipate and respond to consumer preferences like never before.

Oct 2016
Press

Contagious: Human-centered healthcare campaigns for millennials

The rejection of long-term birth control options by Millennial women has long been a subject of debate, as the healthcare industry aims to avert the instance of unplanned pregnancies.

Oct 2016
Press

Ed Laganis: Inside the Tech Studio

‘Inside the Tech Studio: A View to the Future of Product Design’, will take place on Thursday, October 27th. An initiative of Starrett Lehigh, the discussion features an expert panel of experts working at the forefront of tech and product design.

Oct 2016
Press

PSFK: Why the cannabis industry is a designer’s dream

Last month, Smart Design hosted a Makeathon, a team-based competition over a span of 12 hours to develop ideas against design prompts, evaluated by design and cannabis industry experts. Participants were given the chance to invent, reinvent, and generate a new perspective on what the future of the cannabis industry might be.

Oct 2016
Press

Feeling out the Future: 2017 Forecast Berlin program

Forecast is an international platform offering participants the chance to work with accomplished mentors to bring their projects to life. Six pioneers of various disciplines will offer interested participants their expertise in specifying and realizing their project ideas for the second edition of the Forecast Platform.

Oct 2016
Press

Chief Executive: Design to Launch: How to innovate successfully every time

It’s no big secret: most innovation projects typically die a slow and painful death.

Oct 2016
Press

Apex: Smart unveils personalized in-flight entertainment innovation

Last month at Future Experience Global in Las Vegas, Heather Martin shared “NEXT”, a media platform that aims to customize the passenger experience and meet the rising expectations customers have of their personal device experiences.

Oct 2016
Press

Designing to Launch: The science of getting big ideas into market

This year’s conference highlights the design of exceptional end-to-end service experiences that generate business value, as industry experts gather over two days in San Francisco.

Sep 2016
Press

Event: Designing products for more than just a digital connection

Smart’s New York studio lead will open Boston’s Product Innovation Summit on Wednesday 28 September. The Product Innovation Summit brings together leaders to discuss the key issues facing brands as they look to accelerate, but also successfully execute, on new product development opportunities.

Sep 2016
Press

DMI’s Design Leadership Conference: Smart, fast, and connected

Senior Design Strategist, Jamie Nicholson, and Senior Interaction Designer, Mark Breneman will be leading Smart Design’s Interactive Session on ‘how large corporations can launch new ventures at the speed of a startup’ at this year’s Design Leadership Conference on September 25th-27th.

Sep 2016
Press

Awards: Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards

The Gatorade Gx Platform, designed in collaboration with Smart Design, has been crowned as a finalist at this year’s Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards. Receiving a distinction for the User Experience category, the cutting edge platform was recognized for its first-to-market innovation in delivering personalized sports fueling recommendations to elite athletes.

Sep 2016