Archive for the ‘Meaning’ Category

Call for Entries: The 2015 Robert Howard Next Step Award

April 8th, 2015

We’ve officially launched the fourth annual Robert Howard Next Step Award in celebration and memory of our treasured colleague. (more…)

Design excellence recognized with four Red Dot Awards

April 2nd, 2015

humangear’s GoBites family of portable utensils and the Alta TV from BOE win

The prestigious Red Dot Design Award committee announced March 30 that LUNAR has won four 2015 Red Dot awards: three Red Dot Product Design Awards for collaboration with humangear on their GoBites family of portable utensils and a “Best of the Best” Red Dot Award for our design of the Alta TV from BOE. (more…)

Why The Apple Watch Could Succeed (Even If It Fails)

March 9th, 2015

In a new article on Fast Company‘s Co.Design site, LUNAR’s John Edson considers how the Apple Watch could balance tradeoffs between functional novelty and personal expression – tensions that have plagued watch innovation for years. (more…)

Illumina Sequencer Helping to Battle Ebola

October 28th, 2014

As researchers and health care workers worldwide aggressively engage with the worst outbreak of Ebola in history, long-time LUNAR client Illumina is helping to understand and battle the virus. (more…)

Everyone loves a great story

September 22nd, 2014

by Danielle Guttman

It’s not easy to tell a great story, but everyone knows one when they hear it. Whether it’s Harry Potter fighting Lord Voldemort or Steve Jobs sharing the origin of the iPhone, a compelling story has drama, a quest, conflict and style.

Next Step Award recipients “destined to improve the world”

June 11th, 2014

Two outstanding Stanford Biodesign teams have won the LUNAR-sponsored 2014 Robert Howard Next Step award for innovation in medical technology, presented in honor of long-time LUNAR leader, Robert Howard. LUNAR’s John Edson and Stanford Biodesign program leads presented the awards last evening, June 10. (more…)

An Ice Cream Social with Belle-V

November 26th, 2013

LUNAR celebrated the launch of the new Belle-V ice cream scoop and the Museum of Craft & Design’s “New West Coast Design 2″ exhibit with free admission to the museum and free Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous ice cream last Sunday in San Francisco. Thanks to everyone who joined us! It was a beautiful day for delicious ice cream and world-class design.

We took lots of pictures – check them out on our Facebook page here.

Also, stay tuned for other upcoming events – we just might need to make Belle-V ice cream socials a regular thing : )

Read more about Belle-V and our Kickstarter campaign here.

The Tradition Continues

November 1st, 2013

Thanks to everyone who came out for our annual Halloween party Wednesday! There were some impressive costumes this year – between a wrecking ball, a burrito and Sutro Tower, it was a serious close call on who should win our glorious skull prizes.

Congratulations to those who came out on top:

Best: Sock Monkeys
Funniest: Minions
Scariest: Medusa
Craftiest: Family Tree
Best Group: Mariachi Band

We took a LOT of pictures and have captured the best of the best here. In case you missed out, there’s always next year!

Get the scoop! The Belle-V ice cream scoop launches today

October 29th, 2013

The Belle-V ice cream scoop feels great in your hand, works brilliantly and is crafted to last and last.

LUNAR partnered with long time friends Alan Cook and Karl Ulrich to develop Belle-V with the vision of creating a select collection of outstanding kitchen tools for people who love great products. LUNAR designed, tested and refined several dozen ice cream scoop prototypes, eventually optimizing the asymmetric handle and refining the geometry of the angled scoop head with a spade shaped edge.

Please visit our Kickstarter page to support us and learn about Belle-V here.

LUNAR joins the Penny Stamps Speaker Series

September 23rd, 2013

Design Thinking, Creativity and Risk

LUNAR’s Mark Dziersk, managing director at our Chicago studio, is thrilled to be heading back to his alma mater Oct. 3 to speak on creativity and risk as part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series at the University of Michigan!

Established with the generous support of University of Michigan alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series has brought in some of the most respected designers and artists from around the world to share their insights and perspectives with students, faculty and the broader community.

“The opportunity to return to the place where my passion for design was first ignited is very exciting,” says Mark. His lecture will focus on creativity and risk as fundamental elements involved in Design Thinking. He will also explore the obstacles that prevent people from reaching their own creative potential.

Mark’s talk is free & open to the public. Hope you can make it!

When: Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 5:10 pm CT
WhereHistoric Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI

Learn more about Mark, his talk and the speaker series.

LUNAR tackles home health care with TABLU project [Part 2]

September 17th, 2013

A few weeks ago we launched the first in a series of blog posts and Icon-o-Cast podcasts related to our TABLU health care project. (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.

Apple and Tim Cook’s next steps

April 26th, 2013

Apple’s Tim Cook has been humbled, and now he’s reintroducing the company’s original profit driver: disruptive innovation. (more…)

Beyond the artifact

April 11th, 2013

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

LUNAR’s John Edson shows you how to “Design Like Apple”

March 13th, 2013

From his earliest days at Apple, Steve Jobs set the standard that all products should be “insanely great.” (more…)