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Our Hong Kong team re-locates to the achingly photogenic Quarry Bay area

4/Aug/2017

Our Hong Kong team re-locates to the achingly photogenic Quarry Bay area

Our Hong Kong team recently made a successful move to their new studio in the Quarry Bay area of Hong Kong. Here's what the team think about the new location and studio, and a handful of pictures from the opening party. Read more

PDD at the Surface Design Show 2017

10/Feb/2017

PDD at the Surface Design Show 2017

The Surface Design Show is an annual event showcasing the latest internal and external surface materials and architectural lighting. We went along this year to see what’s new and inspiring in the world of surface materials. Here’s a roundup of what caught our eye… Read more

CES 2017 highlights growing concerns over global air pollution and its associated health impact

2/Feb/2017

CES 2017 highlights growing concerns over global air pollution and its associated health impact

With more than 80% of people living in urban areas and air pollution a hot news topic, it was no great surprise to see that one of the biggest themes at CES this year was ‘air quality’. But it was not the global brands picking up on this theme; instead it was interesting to see some exciting products from startups addressing the global air pollution problem. In fact, the most popular area of the event was in the EUREKA area where there were a few hundred startups. Read more

IFA 2016: Smarter homes, healthier, sustainable and better connected

25/Oct/2016

IFA 2016: Smarter homes, healthier, sustainable and better connected

IFA exhibition provides a strong indication of what to expect in the consumer market for 2017. This year’s event focused on products and experiences intended to make homes smarter, healthier, more sustainable and better connected. Read more

PDD rolls out successfully its Innovation Training programme in Asia

18/Aug/2016

PDD rolls out successfully its Innovation Training programme in Asia

One of PDD’s objectives has been to build on the success of its Innovation Training programme and expand it into Asia. Last year, PDD organised several taster HCD workshops during IXDC and delivered a private customised workshop to one of its clients in Asia. PDD’s first Asia specific public 'Accelerating Innovation through Human-Centred Design (HCD)' workshop took place in Shanghai on 19th and 20th July, and thankfully it occurred just before the heatwave hit 40℃! Read more

Virtual Reality (VR) in healthcare - focusing on the user need

28/Jun/2016

Virtual Reality (VR) in healthcare - focusing on the user need

Last Thursday I got the opportunity to learn about the latest and greatest in VR and its applications in healthcare, courtesy of Health Tech Women. Over the course of 2 hours, the Virtual Reality Breakfast event in London showed how VR really is no longer just about video gaming and is being used to transform healthcare across a range of therapy areas. Read more

A rewarding start to the year!

31/Mar/2016

A rewarding start to the year!

It’s been a great start to 2016. The first quarter is not yet over and already PDD has 3 new prestigious design awards to its name. PDD’s work with the health & personal care brand Swisslux and the Zyliss kitchenware brand has been awarded with Red Dot design awards. This was followed by a German Design Award for the Testo 870 Thermal Imager. Read more

Design Shanghai 2016: Pursuit of the natural and traditional

23/Mar/2016

Design Shanghai 2016: Pursuit of the natural and traditional

Design Shanghai is China’s biggest design show. The four-day-long annual event centres on the high-end contemporary market, showcasing designer products ranging from home furnishings to office supplies. In contrast to 2015’s trends of colour and luxury, this year the focus shifted to all things natural, with a strong emphasis on traditional eastern culture. Read more

Happy Chinese New Year! It's the year of the monkey.

4/Feb/2016

Happy Chinese New Year! It's the year of the monkey.

The Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey is coming! 2004 was the last Year of the Wood Monkey. In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth, which means that a Wood Monkey or a Fire Monkey comes once in a 60-year cycle. And this year could be more precious than ever. Read more

FDA: Outlook on legacy devices

24/Nov/2015

FDA: Outlook on legacy devices

Chris Vincent and I recently attended an AAMI training course held in Dublin on Human Factors for Medical devices. EU manufacturers and consultancies all attended with the hope of having some questions answered by the FDA. Read more

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