Mobvoi approached frog to design a unique product in the smartwatch category that would not only offer new functionality, but also be aesthetically appealing to China’s youth market. Together, frog and Mobvoi created Ticwatch, a first ‘fully Chinese’ smartwatch.
As a designer I’ve spent the last decade translating human needs and desires into experiences that fulfill them — and I’m convinced: the human-centered design process demands more than just empathy with others; it requires a deep understanding of our own selves.
Google and frog are bringing together some of the most innovative minds in technology and design. The Converge Hackathon is a platform for the multi-disciplinary collaboration and the exploration of new concepts within the digital sphere; where ideas, technology and human needs converge.
WHAT IT IS ABOUT?
This time the Converge Hackathon is going to be about new ways of experimenting with media. Here are the challenges you will be asked to tackle:
Our media consumption increasingly transcends formats and devices. We expect seamless transitions from TV to mobile to gaming console; or even to use them all simultaneously. What is the next frontier for seamless multi-media interactivity?
The way we perceive, produce and share information is changing. What does the future hold for our daily terabytes of user-generated content, data and news? And how can we empower mass communication and self-expression for content and creators?
What is the future of sensing in media? Will augmented reality deliver on the promise of immersive media? Or will other technologies help realize an experience even richer in context and emotion?
Legend has it that Leonardo da Vinci authored the first professional resume. Written for the Duke of Milan, it consisted of 10 points that emphasized da Vinci’s military engineering expertise, while only briefly mentioning his adeptness in painting and sculpture. In concluding his resume, da Vinci described its intent as an endeavor “to make myself understood to Your Excellency for the purpose of unfolding to you my secrets, and thereafter offering them at your complete disposal.” The spirit of this initial intent remains, but the resume itself has evolved greatly since da Vinci first penned his 10 points.
There is a libertarian scent in the office, and it offers a glimpse into a future workplace with more employee autonomy.
To reintroduce BNY Mellon—the financial powerhouse founded by Alexander Hamilton—to a new audience, frog crafted a digital-first identity that reflects their integral role as the investments company for the world.
Kidaptive, creator of an award-winning iPad app for preschool learners, tapped frog to create a companion experience for parents to engage in their child’s learning process. The result was Learner Mosaic, a mobile app for parents that offers insights about their preschooler’s development and personalized recommendations to support the child’s progress.
To meet increased demand for national service year opportunities, the Franklin Project is developing an online platform to match young people, nonprofits, and funders. frog helped imagine what this new 3-way marketplace could do and created a video demo that secured funding for a $6 million development phase of the new platform.
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
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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frog Executive Creative Director Rainer Wessler will deliver the keynote on future consumer trends.
frog Executive Creative Director Brandon Edwards will deliver the keynote on consumer trends in the APAC region.
frog Associate Creative Director Jennifer Dunnam will speak on the panel, "Trend Panel: Demographics are dead!"
frog Executive Creative Director J Grossen will give a talk centered on digitally augmented relationships between people and products.
frog Associate Creative Director Jennifer Dunnam and Associate Strategy Director Anthony Gregorio will be mentoring innovators around human-centered design.
frog Associate Creative Director, Ingo Feisthamel will lecture on "Design for Desire."
frog Executive Technology Director, Nelan Schwartz will speak on how designers and makers of connected things can ensure they do not lose sight of the human condition along the path to innovation.
frog Executive Creative Director Thomas Sutton will speak on "Rebooting Healthcare: the connected health revolution."
frog Executive Creative Director Jonas Damon will speak on the panel, "The Invasion of the Wearables."
frog Strategy Director Scott King will speak on the panel, "Building the Business Case for Interactive and Personalized Customer Experience Technology"
frog Executive Creative Director Scott Nazarian will lead the workshop, "Rapid Prototyping a City."
frog Chief Creative Officer Hans Neubert will participate in the roundtable, “Better by Design: Innovation in products, processes and userX driven by design.”
UNICEF, frog, and ARM launched the ‘Wearables for Good’ design challenge to develop innovative and affordable wearable technology. Join us create new ideas for wearable devices that will help improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.
frog Creative Director Steve Selzer will take part in a round of lightning talks and discussion on "Product By Design."
frog VP and Global Head of Innovation Strategy Tim Morey will present during this live, interactive Harvard Business Review webinar titled, "Make Customer Data and Trust a Competitive Advantage."
frog Creative Director Drew Miller will present, "Beyond the Pill: The Product is a Commodity, The Experience is Your Differentiator."
frog Senior Interaction Designer Adam Pruden will speak on wearable drones in the session, "Up in the Air."
frog Creative Director Layla Keramat will speak on "Aligning for Collaborative Innovation."
frog Executive Creative Director Denise Gershbein will present with UNICEF’s Blair Palmer on wearables for emerging markets.
frog President Andy Zimmerman will speak on frog's 2015 Tech Trends.
frog Sr. Interaction Designer Adam Pruden and Visual Designer Jenny Savage will facilitate "Futurecasting,” a workshop on how designers can envision the future of design, technology and society.
frog VP, Head of Venture Design Ethan Imboden will speak on "Venture Design for Startups."
frog Executive Director of Innovation Strategy Teaque Lenahan will speak on, "Design as Strategy: Facilitating Agency for a Kickstarter Generation."
frog VP of Technology Strategy Patrick Kalaher will lead a discussion on scaling Internet of Things.
frog Executive Creative Director Thomas Sutton will deliver the talk "Connected needs: elevating pharma within the healthcare ecosystem."
Several frogs will be speaking over the course of SXSW Interactive, sharing their thoughts on everything from connected cars to wearable drones.
frog Principal Software Architect Tue Andersen will give the talk, "The Story of Mixxx and How to Succeed in Open Source."
frog Interaction Designer Andy Fitzgerald will speak on "Desiring Ecologies: Meaning-making in the network wilderness."
frog VP of Technology Strategy Patrick Kalaher will speak on, "Being Bayesian: Strategies for modeling before, during and after product creation."
Kara Pecknold will present "A Different Kind of Start Up: Designing Citizenship," sharing her experiences working with Point B's Design Thinking Center in Myanmar.
frog Creative Director Michael DelGaudio will lead the workshop, "Ideation for Impact: A Hands On Approach to Social Innovation."
frog President Andy Zimmerman will speak on the panel, “The Evolving Landscape of Enterprise Mobility Managed Services.”
frog Executive Creative Director Brandon Berry Edwards will speak during the evening session, "Social Impact in the Field."
frog Executive Creative Director Scott Nazarian and Interaction Designer Kat Davis will lead the workshop, "Injecting Design into the Core: Rethinking High School Curricula."
frog Director, Innovation Strategy Group, Healthcare Practice Lead Lindsey Mosby will speak on the panel, “Tools of Innovation in Global Public Health."
frog Executive Creative Director Jason Severs will speak on, "Reality is Optional: Creating an Interaction Architecture for Orchestrated Human Experience."
Fabio Sergio and Thomas Sutton will moderate a workshop on using mobile technologies for the prevention and management of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
Hans Neubert, Chief Creative Officer, writes about why brands should rethink their value proposition, make wearable devices free, and monetize the data or risk losing out on the possibility of mass-market adoption.
"Wearable technology could revolutionize the way we deliver services to populations at the last mile." http://t.co/fMlzx1vsNa
"Wearable technology could revolutionize the way we deliver services to populations at the last mile." http://t.co/E1pnAlEUzP
Can you develop innovative, affordable solutions to make sensor technology a game-changer for women and children? http://t.co/URNM25Ldz2
Understanding the real and nuanced lives of the age 65+ and human-centered design's potential to enrich them: http://t.co/aIviHRbuTf
Patrick Kalaher, VP of Tech Strategy at frog, presents Being Bayesian: Strategies for modeling before, during, and after product creation at#SolidCon in San Francisco.
#frogSF kicks off Monday with a salute to National Plaid Day. "Yeah, it's a thing."#design
A special brew for#DS15 in London. Click location to see the rest of our speaking lineup for the week.
Behind the scenes at#frogSF
A packed house at HUB Singapore for the#AgingByDesign panel featuring Executive Creative Directors Lindsey Mosby and Brandon Edwards.
frog Adam Pruden introduces his wearable drone concepts at#SXSW2015
#frogMilan preps for the Google + frog#converge hackathon March 7th. The event is a platform for the multi-disciplinary collaboration and exploration of new concepts within the digital sphere.
Evan Bacon, a master Lego builder, poses with visitors and his Lego THOR sculpture at our frog Austin studio. Photo by frog @sarahbwe
From#MWC15. An excavator in Sweden being operated using a control cockpit and VR system (Oculus Rift).
frog Executive Creative Director Denise Gershbein on#impactdesign. "All design has social impact."
frogs know how to do#Halloween. Happy Monday, ya'll.
Our first#InsightsmAgri post from the field. One of the things we seek out to accomplish when we talk to our participants is to screen and capture the “extreme users” of any given industry. The reason being is that by identifying the fringes of such archetypes, this helps to inform what the average profile looks like much more precisely than just interviewing the most average at all times.
Taylor Hamilton, Principal Film Designer, curates this month's internal#frogSF gallery.
Ethan Imboden on relearning design through entrepreneurship, onstage at#wiredbydesign.
frog Jonas Damon spoke at#WiredByDesign about what inspires him as a designer. Up next, Ethan Imboden...
#frogSF competing in the 10th annual Design Dodgeball Tournament in San Francisco. Happy Friday.
When smaller darts are no longer sufficient for studio battle, the frog industrial designers create their own upgrades.#frogSF
#frogSF collage & assemblage workshops are back. Photo via @izaakb
#frogNYC discusses design research methodologies and insights from the field at the weekly creative forum.
#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
frogs just wrapped work on our#SFDWTours chalk art. See ya'll at 8pmPST.
Tomorrow.#SFDWTours. The Sticky Notes from 8-9pm at our frog studio in San Francisco.
#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
#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
#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
#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
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.
#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
#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
#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
frog Simone Rebaudengo on "Memoirs of an Object" and suicidal Roombas at#OReillySolid.
Bot & Dolly with a disco ball. We are at#OreillySolid where hardware, software, and everything in between are thoroughly examined.
frog CCO Hans Neubert talks about people, passion, and lasting purpose during his keynote at#MirrenLive
Denise Gershbein, frog Executive Creative Director (middle), talking about wearables and social impact with UNICEF's Erica Kochi and others.#UNICEFfrog