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Innovation

AI, Empathy, and Designing for the Future of Digital Health

By ustwo London - 19 May 2017

In this long-form post, we take a look at the questions raised by AI in healthcare. And how an empathetic and agile design practice can help address them.We examine the rise of self-management, automation and AI, followed by our take on how user-centred design can help build a coherent approach to healthcare transformation.If you prefer, […]

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Design

Encouraging Healthy Habits in Children

By Holly Brenan - 12 May 2017

Digital devices often come under fire for changing children’s behaviour for the worse. More time spent glued to a screen can equal less time outdoors, less time engaging in physical play and an inability to concentrate more generally. As a digital agency designing products for children to use, we have a responsibility to understand how to make products that […]

Business

Half-Baked Briefs: Why It’s Better To Write Them Together

By Justin Pike - 4 May 2017

As one of the Business Leads at ustwo, I’m usually among the first people to hear from, interact with, and meet potential clients. Some clients reach out with a raw nugget of an idea, some have a strong direction they’d like to go but don’t know how to move forward, and some come to us […]

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Business

ustwoTHINKS: Health

By ustwo London - 3 May 2017

We believe that collaboration can help the healthcare industry to develop innovative products, services and ways of working that benefit the entire system. The delivery of person-centred care depends upon our ability to create bridges between institutions, businesses and designers. Which is why, at ustwo, collaboration is the cornerstone of every health project and partnership […]

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Business

10 Principles to Drive Digital Transformation

By Jess Tyrrell - 26 April 2017

David Bowie was a visionary. That’s something we can all agree on. In the Newsnight interview from 1999 that circulated widely after his death, he said:I think the potential of what the internet is going to do for society – both good and bad – is unimaginable … both exhilarating and terrifying.This can be read […]

Development

QA, Feature Hipster (Or How I Stopped Complaining & Learned to Grab the Ball)

By Jim VanNest - 13 April 2017

Software development is an oddly consistent occupation filled with inconsistencies, dead ends, and a more-than-nominal amount of keeping one’s fingers crossed. Within this cycle of losing and gaining focus, we try our damnedest to complete our tasks, often as fast as possible. Speed comes with a cost, one which rapid iteration seeks to mitigate. By […]

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Design

Connected Cars Need to Care

By Lexi Cherniavsky - 12 April 2017

As car brands become tech companies, the winners will be those who combine software with emotional intelligence and deep insight into how we behave.The word ‘connect’ comes from nectere to bind. But over time our understanding of it has shifted – in 1881, the French word connexer was superseded by connecter, meaning “to establish a […]

Process

Experimenting in VR: Getting Lost In A Daydream

By Anders Oscarsson - 11 April 2017

TL;DR: We spent a few weeks experimenting in Daydream, and documented our process. Want to see what we built? Download it here.  At ustwo, we like to approach both new ideas and new technologies by getting our hands dirty. Making something tangible means we can really get a feel for the product and test it with […]

Innovation

ustwoTHINKS: Wearables Beyond Watches

By ustwo New York - 6 April 2017

Have Wearables Hit Their Tipping Point?ustwo has been working in the wearable space since 2014. In partnership with Google, our team has launched 50+ watchfaces to the Google Play Store and partnered with several brands to bring their products to the Android Wear platform. As a team we wanted to take a step back and […]

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Innovation

Hacking Chatbots: Experimenting with a Product Mindset

By ustwo London - 6 April 2017

When it comes to chatbots and voice assistants, there are still leagues of uncharted territory to cover. For technologists, there are new devices, practices and languages to conquer. Designers are confronted with an interface that threatens the screen as our interaction paradigm and throws up new opportunities to create in a non-visual medium. And product […]

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Culture

Addressing the Gender Pay Gap at ustwo

By ustwo London - 6 April 2017

On 10th November last year, the women in our London studio walked out at 3.34pm to support Equal Pay Day, a collective action against the gender pay gap. This time represents when women effectively stop earning compared to men, based on yearly earnings and the national gender pay gap of 18%. Back in November, ustwo’s […]

Development

The Math Behind Android Wear 2.0

By Alfonso Cejudo - 5 April 2017

With the advent of Android Wear 2.0 and the new features it brings to the table — a standalone Play store and the Complications API, to name exactly two — Google hopes to put more smartwatches on presently dumb wrists. This endeavor requires Wear developers, novice and seasoned alike, creating 2.0-targeted apps and eye-catching watch […]

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