Posts in Inspiration
Back to School—Playing Out Effective Ideation at NC State

Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to go back to school—no, not like Rodney Dangerfield in the 80s, but back at the invitation of one of my favorite professors, N.C. State’s Dr. Jon Bohlmann, as he brings a fresh perspective to the Creativity in Management course by anchoring it in the principles of Design Thinking.

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A Way Forward for Medical Device Innovation

In a Q+A session, Stuart Karten, a California-based industrial designer and juror for the Medical Design Excellence Awards, talks about the intersection of consumer products and medical design.  Karten correctly documents the power of the first impression, since consumers often inform their buying choices with that powerful first interaction with a product.

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Innovation: Being Everything for Somebody

Sometimes you hear a compelling speaker, and you just can’t get it out of your head in the following days and weeks.  We had this happen to us at last year’s Carolinas PDMA Innovate Carolina conference with David Burney’s compelling breakout session on community-driven innovation through his work at New Kind and Red Hat. And this year, it’s happened again at the same conference, 2012 edition. Thanks a lot, Greg Hopper.

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PDMA Innovate Carolinas 2012—What We Learned

Year after year, we participate in what has become a must for area innovators to fuel their respective creative fires—the Product Development and Management Association’s Innovate Carolina conference. This year marked another stellar conference, hosted last Friday at Raleigh’s Long View Center, an emerging haven for entrepreneurs in the heart of the downtown business district.

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USPTO Patent Awarded to Atiyeh, Hagler for FizzLoc Soda Clamp

January 5, 2012 (Durham, NC) Trig® Innovation, a Research Triangle, NC-based innovation management firm, announces a patent award for one of its product collaborations, the FizzLoc Soda Clamp. FizzLoc is a compression device developed by Phil Atiyeh of product innovations, LLC of Cheshire, Connecticut in collaboration with Trig® Innovation.

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Relating to Ideation—Part One

As an industrial designer and innovation management consultant, ideation is a familiar topic, the principles of which can be applied across many industries.  At Trig Innovation, we have built deep industry experience in consumer products, but we have also found that most of our talents translate easily into medical devices and most recently, even to service companies. 

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Murphy’s Hypotenuse: A Love Affair with Facets

I love facets. Specifically, I love the use of facets and randomized faceted geometries in product design. Maybe I love facets the way I do because I got so sick of the amorphous, blobby, bright-colored approach to product design that most products were slapped with during a period that coincided with the dotcom boom (a period that also suffered, in parallel, a horrific onslaught of company logos of the same character).

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Thanks, Steve

The passing of Steve Jobs has left me sad and reflective. As a designer who came of age during the era that he defined more than perhaps any other executive on the world stage, it goes without saying that that he will be incredibly missed for his passionate pursuit of building exceptional products. 

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InspirationSamantha Harr