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Great Design Helps Cloud-Based Companies Win Big

How? Let’s take a look. There have been plenty of companies, or rather software behemoths like Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP who have built some really amazing products. However, the last couple of years have seen the rise of a new crop of software companies offering products on the “cloud.” Before we proceed any further, let’s give you a quick introduction to cloud software. Cloud-based software, also known as Software as a Service (SaaS), allows companies…

Diving into Design Thinking with Fidelity Labs

Last Thursday, we dove into the process of design thinking with some of the best solution creators from Fidelity Labs. In the workshop we focused on developing holistic solutions to a painful experience we all know so well: the weekly laundry load. Here are our key takeaways in each step of the design thinking framework: Empathize: It’s all about understanding the user. Design thinking was developed with the purpose of creating human centered solutions for…

10 Rules to Design by

As design students, a large chunk of our schooling is dedicated to becoming fluent in a new language. A language that arouses the mind as much as the eye - made of devices which include color, line, marks, imagery, and loooots of fonts. Although we do get emotional over fonts, it’s important for us to recognize there’s more to design than form-making. We are the next generation of communicators and if our ideas are going…

Designing to be Invisible

Last Thursday, Jacob Mulligan and Matt Kaiser joined us from PillPack to discuss how a small startup set out to reimagine the way people interact with their pharmacy and receive medication. Jacob and Matt, a full-stack software engineer and designer respectively, have seen PillPack go from a small local Boston startup to servicing 49 states and thousands of individuals. But what we learned from Jacob and Matt is that PillPack is so much more than…

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