Archive for the ‘Innovation’ Category

LUNAR wins three iF Product Design Awards

February 28th, 2014

We’re thrilled to announce LUNAR has picked up three 2014 iF product design awards for NOVA, VELA and SF Prep! We accepted our iF gold award for NOVA just a few hours ago at the awards ceremony at BMW Welt Auditorium in Munich. (more…)

IDSA 2013: Breaking the Rules

September 6th, 2013

It took us about a week to decompress after all the great events that happened at the 2013 IDSA International Conference in Chicago – the main stage keynote John Edson and Mark Dziersk led on Creating Courage and the LUNAR hosted cocktail party at Futon’s On the River highlights among many other fantastic memories.

During their talk, Mark and John tackled the theme of the conference, breaking the rules, by looking at the structures, behaviors and assumptions designers themselves have embraced over the last decade. They challenged the audience to rethink the norms designers have been preaching to the business world – to reconsider what they know about collaboration, to eschew “strategic thinking” and to relax about showing the rest of the world how important design is. In the place of these generally excepted rules, John and Mark proposed the audience find courage where designers have always found it: in embracing their passion for creating.

For those of you who missed the conference or LUNAR’s session on Creating Courage, we’ll be sharing the video recording in a few weeks. Keep your eyes peeled here, on Twitter or Facebook for the live action version of this talk.

A big thank you to IDSA for another stellar event! We’re already looking forward to next year.

Beyond the artifact

April 11th, 2013

From “Project Runway” to the “Apprentice,” the act of designing is emerging into the mainstream once again. (more…)

Embracing the past at ICFF

June 11th, 2012

The industrial era may be due for a comeback if the International Contemporary Furniture Fair is any indication. (more…)

Exercise expressed as sculpture

April 13th, 2012

If you’re seeking inspiration in advance of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (the Milan Furniture Fair), (more…)

A better way to exercise at home

February 6th, 2012

How’s your exercise-more-at-home New Year’s resolution coming along? (more…)

After Steve Jobs: What we can learn from the Nest thermostat

October 28th, 2011

The central question about Apple these days is what it will become without Steve Jobs’s passionate conviction and daily direction in the design of the company’s products and services. (more…)

Catalyst Award for iconic Oral-B toothbrush goes to LUNAR

September 30th, 2011

LUNAR was honored with IDSA’s 2011 Catalyst Award this year at the design industry’s annual conference in New Orleans earlier this month for our work on the Oral-B Crossaction toothbrush. Arguably the most ergonomically designed toothbrush ever, the product has been a business success story for more than 10 years. (more…)

Regulations = competitive advantage for Green Toys

September 27th, 2011

LUNAR client Green Toys turned the tables on conventional anti-regulation thinking when co-founder Robert Von Goeben was interviewed on Fox Business’ “Making It In America.” (more…)

In Chicago? Explore career paths for successful designers with LUNAR’s Mark Dziersk this Friday

August 24th, 2011

LUNAR Chicago’s Managing Director Mark Dziersk shares his insights into the career paths of successful designers at a meet-up at 750 North Franklin #201 in Chicago this Friday, 6:30 pm. (more…)

LUNAR client Switch lights up the cover of WIRED

August 19th, 2011

WIRED Sept. 2011We love working with leaders in their markets, and when they’re standing out by doing something really important, all the better. WIRED in its September 2011 issue proclaims Switch’s 60-watt equivalent LED as the green bulb for design nerds. Awesome. (more…)

Failure is always an option

March 21st, 2011

At LUNAR we solve difficult problems every single day. Nobody ever comes to us saying, “Hi, we have this really easy thing for you to do. It is totally straight forward and should be really simple.” As a result, we are constantly faced with challenges that nobody anywhere has ever surmounted. We often solve problems like these with prototyping, which in my opinion is by far the most important thing we do at LUNAR. (more…)

The Windowfarms Project

March 7th, 2011

When I was living in Brooklyn, I had a neighbor with a crazy idea – to grow her own food in her apartment year round. I could see the vertical water bottles she used in her early attempt in her courtyard facing window whenever I took out the garbage. I thought to myself “Britta is crazy. That’s just not going to work.”

Shortly later, I realized that you should never underestimate Britta. (more…)

An ode to simple product design

March 3rd, 2011

As a product engineer, I often find myself delighted by the little things–an ingenious locking mechanism, a cleverly designed component, a silky smooth hinge – which is why the simplest of designs are sometimes the most fascinating. One everyday object that I find to be particularly (and deliciously) nifty is the McFlurry spoon.

An ode to simple product design.
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GOOD DESIGN awards good design

January 11th, 2011

For 60 years the Chicago Athenaeum’s GOOD DESIGN program has been recognizing the best and most innovative industrial, product, and graphic designs produced around the world.
This year LUNAR was proud to take home three GOOD DESIGN awards for our work on the PASCO Scientific SPARK Scientific Learning System, the Intel Reader and the SanDisk Check Point Abra. GOOD DESIGN awards good design
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