What We Designed in 2019

January 17, 2020

2019 was a busy year for us, with a broad range of new work completed including kids products, robots, consumer & business electronics, furniture, medical, and service design. Below are our top projects and awards from 2019.

 

Google Trekker

Trekker backpack is Google’s new mapping device that works with Street View, Google Maps and Google Earth.  It produces interactive maps and photographs of anywhere on the planet where automobiles cannot go, such as nature trails, places of wonder or dense city centers.  It’s becoming a valuable tool for cartographers and is documenting the greatest places on Earth for all to learn about and enjoy.

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Cisco Meraki Line

MV is a new kind of video security camera line for use in offices, schools and retail stores. Public cameras are often poorly designed and intimidating, so we took the opposite approach. We created a fine “bowl form” and filled it with a continuous flowing glossy lens and IR cover which simultaneously conveys elegance, performance and friendliness.

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Bear Robotics Food Service Robot

Penny the robot waiter takes your order, relays it to the kitchen, and when ready her platforms are loaded up and she carefully navigates back to your table with your food while carefully avoiding people and obstacles. At the end of the meal, Penny returns to bus the table.

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Bizzy Robotics

Bizzy is a one-arm robot used to do basic chores around the house like picking up laundry and fetching drinks. It can reach from the floor to the back of a countertop. Bizzy is compact when idle but when called into action the face and arms rise, deploy, and come to life. Our touch and voice-controlled UX gives users complete intuitive command.

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Aristocrat MarsX Gaming Machine

A good example of how design can project raw emotion through form, light and interface, MarsX was inspired by “symmetrical deconstructivism” architecture where components float, cantilever and juxtapose to create dynamism. MarX took the gaming industry by surprise with its fresh contemporary look… and it’s already a bestseller.

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Tile Sticker

Sticker is the smallest Tile yet. Instead of hanging from a ring, Sticker adheres directly to your valuable items. It’s especially good for tracking small items like phones and cameras, or sporting goods like skateboards, bikes and skis. It has a three-year battery life, 150-foot range and is waterproof. 

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CRRC Exhibition and Brand

CRRC is the world’s largest train manufacturer. We designed their 2019 Hannover Fair exhibition booth and corporate brochure. The exhibit featured an oval perimeter wall with high speed train graphics; several technology stations and an interior structural core with 2 meeting rooms.

 

Uber Driver Enrollment and Ride Booking Kiosk

Uber Kiosk enrolls new drivers and provides access to all Uber services. Designed to stand out in public spaces such as malls and airports, the kiosk contains a computer, display, printer and license scanner. Our challenge was to provide a beacon for pedestrians while also showcasing Uber’s newly updated brand.

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TP-Link Networking Products

We designed seven TP-Link products in 2019 including mesh routers, gaming routers, AC and AX routers and more.  In each case the designs convey speed, range or power. Some are highly expressive designs and others are quiet and understated, depending on the target market. Sales are high, in some cases over 100K sold per month.  

 

 

Accolades

 

Dan Harden

  • IDSA Personal Recognition Award

 

Ceribell

  • Medical Design Excellence Award (MDEA) Best in Show, 
  • MDEA Gold – Testing and Diagnostic Products
  • MDEA Silver – NonSurgical Hospital Supplies
  • Spark, Silver

 

Cisco Meraki  MV Security Cameras

  • Spark, Silver
  • Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award

 

Penumbra System

  • Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award

 

Tile Pro

  • Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award

 

Tonal Strength Training System

  • Red Dot
  • Good Design Australia, Gold award
  • European Product Design Award, Gold
  • Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award
  • Core 77, Community Choice Prize (Sports/Recreation)
  • Core 77 Design, Health & Wellness 
  • DNA Paris Design, Honorable Mention
  • Edison, Silver
  • Fast Company 2019 Innovation by Design Awards 
  • IDA, Silver