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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

Code the Future

Code the Future

On July the 19th frog Milan hosted, a hackathon calling all coders who would like to work on the cutting edge of design and technology.

As a designer (Laura L.) and a computer scientist (Alex) at frog, we often discuss the opportunities we encounter to bring the tech and design communities together by creating a collaborative, hands-on experience under the flag of creativity and innovation. After several successful design events hosted by the frog Milan studio -- such as the World Information Architecture Day, the Milan Design Week open day, and the Creative Mornings chapters -- we thought it was finally time to experiment with a cross disciplinary event.

We decided to embrace the hackathon format and giving it a “frog twist” – an offer to developers to experience frog’s unique process by providing them with intensive mentorship and guidance on UX, design, and technology, and creating hybrid teams in which designers and technologists can work side by side.

Music by: "Twinkie" by Podington Bear

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Code the Future

On July the 19th frog Milan hosted, a hackathon calling all coders who would like to work on the cutting edge of design and technology.

Designing Your Future With The Connected Car / SXSW

Designing Your Future With The Connected Car / SXSW

Join frog designers, program managers & car lovers in a workshop to explore possibilities for the connected car of the future. #SXSWfuturecar
SXSW 2015 PanelPicker Submission

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Google’s Material Design Video Recreated in Keynote

During this year’s annual I/O conference, Google revealed Material Design, a responsive design language that aims to unify all their products, platforms, and devices. Google's promotional video amplifies the compelling theory of a rationalized space and system of motion found in Material. Videos like this are common in the industry, and are often made using Adobe After Effects -- a very powerful video, motion graphics, and compositing application. As an interaction designer working at frog, I am tasked with communicating to clients how a system works and what an application looks and feels like. Producing a high fidelity animated video like the one Google created for Material is certainly a possibility, but it often requires additional time, scoping, and resources. Instead, I use Keynote because you can tell the same story just as effectively in much less time.

Healthcare Design Advice

Healthcare Design Advice

Backpack PLUS Toolkit

Backpack PLUS Toolkit

Unicef, MDG Health Alliance, and frog worked with more than 60 organizations to design a comprehensive toolkit to empower and activate Community Health Workers (CHW). Backpack PLUS promises to improve CHW effectiveness and engagement, resulting in more lives saved.

The Vision Behind Project Ansible

The Vision Behind Project Ansible

Business starts with a conversation. We're about to change the conversation.

Video Production by UnifyCo

Design+Engineering: Sound United

Design+Engineering: Sound United

Sound United partnered with frog to design the next generation of personal audio products for their 3 brands - Polk, Boom, and Definitive. This short discusses the the key design principles, signature features, and mechanical engineering for the first wave of new products.

Aging In Place: Part Two

Aging In Place: Part Two

What are the best ways to take care of someone you love as they age? Frog conducts primary research to better understand an aging population.

Product Experiences

Product Experiences

The way people relate to products is is changing so quickly, it can be hard to understand what's happening. Mark Rolston, Chief Creative Officer, muses on shifts in user experience and value.

Aging In Place - Part 1

Aging In Place - Part 1

What does it mean to grow older? frog went into the field to better understand the experiences of seniors and caretakers who are choosing to stay in their own homes as they age.

Sound United Case Study

Sound United Case Study

Sound United partnered with frog to design the next generation of personal audio products for their 3 brands. This short captures the whole design process, from research through detailed engineering.

News

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Sep 18

IDZ

frog Executive Creative Director Holger Hampf will give the talk, "Can design save the world? Ecodesign influences and limits."

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Sep 15

Smart Living City

frogs Todd Taylor and Kara Pecknold will lead the workshop, "Big Data For a 'Small World': Designing a New Urban Reality by frog"

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Sep 26

DECODE 2014

frog VP Regional Manager Carsten Wierwille will give the talk, "Design: Thinking or Making?"

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Sep 10

World Economic Forum

frogs Richard Vander Meer, Rainer Wessler, and Emily Chong will attend WEF Summer Davos in Tianjin, China.

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Aug 29

Experience Design Summit

frog Jason Severs will explore design's role in shaping reality in the talk, "Reality Is Optional: The Artificial Architecture of Orchestrated Human Experience."

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Sep 6

TEDx Berlin "The Next Step"

frog Executive Creative Director Thomas Sutton will speak on the power of design in untangling complex issues.

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Sep 9

IFA+ Summit - Design

frog VP, Creative Tjeerd Hoek will speak on a panel about the interplay of art, design and innovative technology within successful business models.

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Aug 20

CIID Open Lecture

frog Creative Director Steve Selzer will host an hour Q&A at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.

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Aug 15

The Exchange

frogs Meriah Garrett and Aaron Moulton will speak on the exchange between influences to design the future

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Aug 27

Wearable Wednesdays

frog Executive Creative Director Denise Gershbein will join a panel discussion on the future of Design in Wearables & IoT

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Sep 12

NewCo Festival

frog VP, Venture Design Ethan Imboden will host a provocative and participatory event to share observations on the evolving role of design in new ventures.

Red Dot

Product Design Winner

We are proud to announce that frog's design for the Eyelock myris, the USB Iris Identity Authenticator, is the Red Dot Product Design Award winner.

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Sep 8

UX STRAT

frog Vice President of Creative Fabio Sergio will speak about Backpack PLUS and frog's Social Impact work.

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Jul 20

IxDC Beijing

frog's Senior Interaction Designer Azure Yang and Marketing Manager Shine Chu will facilitate a workshop on Design for Engagable Objects.

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Healthcare Services

Designing innovative healthcare solutions for over 40 years. Here are some of the ways we can work together.

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Jul 24

IoT Learning Lounge

frog VP, Global Program Management Richard Vander Meer will join a panel to explore what the Internet of Things means for marketers.

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Jul 19

Code the Future

frog Milan hosts a hackathon for coders who want to work on the cutting edge of design and technology.

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Jun 19

Wearables For Social Impact Tweetup

Denise Gershbein, Executive Creative Director, will participate in the UNICEF Wearables for Social Impact tweetup at 10amPST.

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Jun 15

Interchange-ability

frog Principal Design Researcher Roberta Tassi will run a workshop about Service Design Tools.

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Jun 12

Sustainable Smart Cities

frog Senior Interaction Designer Jennifer Dunnam will speak on using sensors to map food and customers across a city.

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Jun 17

New Cities Summit

Ahmed Riaz will speak on the panel "Next Generation Concepts on the Contemporary City: Wellness, Happiness and Purpose."

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Jun 2

Quartz Next Billion

Brandon Edwards, frog Executive Creative Director, will participate in the talk "Business plans and infrastructure can't bridge the technical divide."

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frog Ventures

frogVentures is a growth partner to entrepreneurs. We invest our global firm’s full capabilities, experience, and reach to deliver sustained advantage to new ventures.

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May 27

Mingdao Forum

frog's Design Technologist Phil Salesses will keynote on Security and the Internet of Things at Mingdao Forum in Shanghai.

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May 21

WEF Asia

frog General Manager Steve Boswell and Executive Creative Director Brandon Edwards will speak at the event.

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May 21

Solid SF

frog Creative Director Michael DelGaudio will be speaking on "Humanizing the Industrial Internet."

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May 7

Wearables For Social Impact

frog Executive Creative Director Denise Gershbein will speak on the panel, “Investing in Social Good."

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May 6

Re:publica 2014

frogs Laura Licari and Antonio De Pasquale will speak on the evolution of media in the talk, "The Shape-shifting future of media."

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Apr 10

UX Poland

frog Senior Design Researcher Kara Pecknold will discuss her cross-cultural experiences in design research.

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May 13

Mirren Live

frog Chief Creative Officer Hans Neubert will deliver a keynote on experience and product innovation.

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May 9

DATA 2014

frog Interaction Designers Eric Boam and Adam Pruden will speak on drones in the talk, "Design Takes Flight."

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Apr 10

Philly Tech Week

frog Interaction Designer Mayo Nissen will participate in a panel discussion on civic technology.

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May 8

AARP Innovation 50

Lindsey Mosby - frog Executive Strategy Director, Healthcare - will be speaking on the panel, "Changing the design paradigm for health and the 50+"

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May 13

HOW Design

Principal Director David Sherwin will speak in numerous sessions at the HOW Design conference, including "Designing for the Internet of Things."

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Apr 8

Bloomberg New Energy Finance

frog Global VP of Innovation Strategy Theo Forbath is speaking on the panel, "Designing for the next trillion dollars of energy technology.”

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Apr 2

WSJ ECO:nomics

frog Creative Director, Drew Miller, will be a luncheon roundtable discussion leader on, "Mobility as a service."

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Mar 28

New Cities Foundation

frog Creative Director Scott Nazarian, Senior Design Researcher Kara Pecknold, and Head of EMEA Marketing Todd Taylor will lead a workshop during the biennial strategy meeting.

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Apr 7

IDC 2014: INFORMATION DESIGN MATTERS

frog Creative Director, Chiara Diana and Senior Design Researcher, Roberta Tassi will speak about “Design for Health and WellBeing”.

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Mobile Money in Myanmar

As Myanmar's economy opens up to the world, will mobile money transform the country?

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Mar 12

Experience Design 2014

frog's Executive Creative Director Brandon Edwards will keynote on Experience Design during the event.

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Mar 9

HBS Asian Business Conference

frog's General Manager (APAC) Steve Boswell will share his perspective on Design Technology and Innovation.

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#bigdatasmallworld workshop at#SLC2014 starting at 16:00. See you there!

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"When you're innovating, you're failing most of the time. That's hard." Stanford dschool Prof Robert Sutton on#SLCDubai

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"The problem is a reluctancy to fail" Dr. Mansoon Al Awar, HBMSU on#SLCDubai

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Custom kettle corn for our#NewCoSF event. Don't worry, we made some for all of you!#frogSF

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#tbt "Design can solve society’s biggest problems… if we cultivate a love of learning through the design process." http://t.co/aLugG2g6xc

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RT @emilyachong: We have to create 60% more food by 2015 to keep up w pop growth. How will innovation in nutrition -> better lives? http://…

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When smaller darts are no longer sufficient for studio battle, the frog industrial designers create their own upgrades.#frogSF

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RT @thomas_thinks: Thanks to the#TEDxBerlin team for a wonderful stimulating couple of days. Top 7 highlights for me:

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We explore six design characteristics to help guide#IoT product teams as they set forth into uncharted territory: http://t.co/vqm50zZ6Dl

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#frogSF collage & assemblage workshops are back. Photo via @izaakb

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#frogNYC discusses design research methodologies and insights from the field at the weekly creative forum.

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#InsightsHDX From field notes and research insights, to an initial draft of the information architecture. The Humanitarian Data Exchange platform design is starting to take shape at the frog studio.#frogImpact

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frogs just wrapped work on our#SFDWTours chalk art. See ya'll at 8pmPST.

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Tomorrow.#SFDWTours. The Sticky Notes from 8-9pm at our frog studio in San Francisco.

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#InsightsHDX @UNOCHA_EA The frog team wrapped three weeks of research today, interviewing humanitarian partners in New York, Colombia, and Kenya. Following synthesis of the field work, the frogs will partner with OCHA’s development team in an agile process to design core features, functionality, and experiences for the HDX platform.#frogImpact

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#InsightsHDX @iHub Lessons learned at iHub Nairobi this afternoon: Data privacy is an issue at both the detail and aggregate level. When scraping data from social media, analytics can attribute patterns of behavior (such as hate speech) to individuals. This raises an ethical question around where data visualization should be applied and which audiences are appropriate consumers.#frogImpact

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#InsightsHDX Reports (rather than raw data) are primarily shared among partners in the Humanitarian community. This makes it challenging to disaggregate datasets, compare information, and build comprehensive analytic tools.#frogImpact

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#InsightsHDX @UNICEFKenya frog wrapped research in Colombia last week and relocated to Nairobi to continue explorations of the data landscape surrounding humanitarian work. With each conversation and collaboration, the global picture of humanitarian data exchange comes more into focus.#frogImpact

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#uxforgood We visited a small educational center aimed at explaining the history of the genocide and of the reconstruction of Rwanda to children between 10-20 years-old. The humanization of the tragic events through real stories of perpetrators and survivors, and symbolic stories of the following reconciliation, help the new generation assume the critical thinking and empathy that are needed to run the country in the future. - Roberta Tassi

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UXFORGOOD team during the observation at the Kigali Memorial Center. The experience is an incredibly painful path that starts with a cold narration of the historical facts, moves into intimate rooms of portraits, objects and remains of the victims, continues through panels about other tragical genocides, and ends inside a children room dedicated to the death of innocents. We all felt oppressed, we all felt the physical need of space and time to recover along the visit flow, we all felt the absence of the whole reconciliation process in the narration.

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Yesterday at#qznextbillion, frog @bred Executive Creative Director Brandon Edwards and UNICEF Innovation Lab's Erica Kochi.

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#InsightsHDX Sketching (and re-sketching) the cycle of Humanitarian Data. The iterative design process begins in the field and evolves with each conversation and observation.#frogImpact

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#InsightsHDX Data flow models, affinity mapping cards, screen design worksheets, and coffee. Critical elements within frog's Design Research toolkit.#frogImpact @ochacolombia

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#InsightsHDX The team arrived in Pasto, Colombia yesterday to meet with OCHA’s field office, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Victim’s Unit of the Govt. The region of Nariño faces many humanitarian issues including drug production and trafficking, homicides, and crime, as well as natural disasters from flooding to volcanic activity.#frogImpact @UnidadVictimas @ICRC

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#InsightsHDX When multiple partners in the humanitarian community collect data on a crisis, digital tools are needed to standardize the information for efficient sharing and analysis.#frogImpact @OCHAColombia @CruzRoja_Col @OIM_Colombia

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#InsightsHDX “We are information brokers. If we’re not on top of the information, the field office will go somewhere else to get what they need.” OCHA Section Chief, Kiki Gbeho#frogImpact @UNOCHA

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#InsightsHDX “We haven’t yet closed the circle in reporting on humanitarian aid. Our datasets show need and response, but we struggle to report on impact.” Reporting & Analysis Group @OCHAColombia#frogImpact

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#InsightsHDX The frog team begins field research this week at OCHA's regional office in Bogota, Colombia. Collaborating with local teams to better understand needs surrounding collection, analysis, and reporting of humanitarian data.#frogImpact

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frog Simone Rebaudengo on "Memoirs of an Object" and suicidal Roombas at#OReillySolid.

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Bot & Dolly with a disco ball. We are at#OreillySolid where hardware, software, and everything in between are thoroughly examined.

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frog CCO Hans Neubert talks about people, passion, and lasting purpose during his keynote at#MirrenLive

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Denise Gershbein, frog Executive Creative Director (middle), talking about wearables and social impact with UNICEF's Erica Kochi and others.#UNICEFfrog

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Our frogLabs in Amsterdam. Looking so fresh.#design

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Sometimes you just need to walk around the office with a mustache on. Happy Friday!

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TED fellow William Kamkwamba, from Malawi, paid a visit to frog SF to share his story. When he was 14, he built an electricity-producing windmill from spare parts and scrap, working from rough plans he found in a library book called Using Energy and modifying them to fit his needs. Thanks for being an inspiration!

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Visiting from Myanmar, Point B co-founder @rochelleardesher stopped by the frog Global HQ to chat about education. Learn more about her work at www.pointb.is

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frog Global HQ in SF enjoys a little ice cream in the sunshine. Happy Friday!

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Regram from @karapecknold and frog Milan. "frogs who eat together, change the world together..."

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micro-urbanism + mega-urbanism need to co-exist if this city of the future will define the future of the city.#tokyo @bred

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Today we jumped on flights and wrapped up our#sxsw14 experience. Thanks for the amazing time, Austin!

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frog Tim Morey, AVP of Innovation Strategy, on stage at#BBWDesign.

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frogs David Sherwin and Alejandro De La Cruz peruse the#sxsw14 schedule. So much#FONGI (fear of not getting in)!

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#sxsw14 sighting: Pot belly piggy on a leash. You're welcome, internet.

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Robert shows off his hexoskin wearable.#sxsw14

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#sxsw14 frog Robert Tuttle kicks off his quantified artist chat.

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frog Lindsey Mosby talking about Aging in Place with the internet of things.#sxsw14

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First night of#sxsw14 under our belts. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?

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Senior strategist Diego Depetris and senior interaction designer Jennifer Dunnam taking a little break at#sxsw14.

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An exhibitor at#sxsw14 shows off his wearable smart toy, Moff.#zap#boom#zow

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#sxsw14 It's a beautiful day in Austin, TX. Interested in frog panels? Here's the list: frogdesign.com/sxsw

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#InsightsO2 : what initiatives will grow demand for O2 amongst nurses, doctors and admin? Kisumu stakeholders brainstorm on it.

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#Insights02 : Diving deep into possible O2 ecosystem models with Rwandan Health Care System Stakeholders and partners.

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What do we do when we want a communal standup desk? We build one from scratch. Special thanks for this Global HQ addition goes to Francois Dransart, Rudy Servande, and Charles Ambler.

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#InsightsIDN field testing paper prototypes in a small balinese village today!

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#InsightsIDN Project Bertumbuh has called in the strategy bench. Business casing up a storm.

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#insightso2 : visiting a neighboring hospital plant for inspiration on our biz model and demand gen best practices.

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#InsightsIDN curious to see how rural Balinese will respond to our Dream Package prototype, when they currently just invest in animals. Each of these baby pigs will sell for Rp 1.5m ($205) in 7 months!

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#insightso2 : just because you have tanks doesn't mean you have the means to fill or administer o2.

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#InsightsIDN in Bali an offering is accepted as soon as you place it. So, don't worry if a monkey eats it

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#insightsO2 : handmade medical procedure signs hang everywhere. For nurses by nurses.

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