Yearly Archives: 2009

Jenny Regan

New Beginnings

12.29.2009 by Jenny Regan

Congratulations and welcome!

Keith Lipford

Why is ISO-certification good for a design firm?

12.22.2009 by Keith Lipford

Without robust design processes, it is all too easy to lose track of critical design issues – the consequence of which is usually schedule delays, added costs, and/or undesirable design compromises.

Chad Schneider

Starting Your Product Specification

12.15.2009 by Chad Schneider

Creating a detailed Product Specification is one of the most important steps one can take at the beginning of new product development. If the spec defines the entire sphere of possibilities, what needs to be included (and excluded) here?

Chad Schneider

A revolution in learning

12.08.2009 by Chad Schneider

Do you know how an atomic force microscope works? You can satiate your curiosity and impress your friends with all kinds of intellectual knowledge by watching just one of the many open-courses freely available online. Educate yourself.

Chad Schneider

What Does This Sign Mean?

12.01.2009 by Chad Schneider

Here we have a sign that is confusing to at least one group of users. the water taxi sign-makers get kudos for going out of their way to create a pictorial sign in an attempt to bypass any language barriers for international tourists. Unfortunately, the graphic in the middle is very busy and confusing.

Chad Schneider

Substituting Warnings For Good Design

11.24.2009 by Chad Schneider

Warnings are not a substitute for good design. The warning labels clearly indicate that the supermarket scooters are not meant to be used in the parking lot. But, how are users expected to get their groceries to their cars?

Chad Schneider

Where the sun don’t shine, Haptics may

11.19.2009 by Chad Schneider

Say you want to be a veterinarian. You’ve got to get to know a lot of animals in school, both inside and out. That requires a lot of time in the library, but eventually you have to get your hands dirty and actually touch some animals. Fortunately for the next generation of vet students, the days of putting your hand up a cow’s butt in vet school may be over, thanks to a little area of research known as Haptics.

Jenny Regan

Survey Results: Scouting for New Technologies and Business Partners

11.17.2009 by Jenny Regan

Over the past year or two, Key Tech has taken advantage of improvements in the usability and functionality of online tools to share information quickly and easily. Over the same period, we’ve observed dwindling attendance at industry conferences. So, where is everyone?

Jenny Regan

Multi-Tasking Hurts Your Brain

11.09.2009 by Jenny Regan

New research shows that multi-tasking reduces your productivity and impairs your cognitive ability, permanently.

Chad Schneider

Meeting the Challenges of Micropart Design

11.02.2009 by Chad Schneider

Recently, I published an article in MicroManufacturing Magazine about the challenges of designing microparts for manufacture. Not unlike any collaborative process, good communication is the key to a successful project.