Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centred Design is a seven-week curriculum that introduces you to the concepts of human-centred design and how this approach can be used to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change.
Working in teams of 2-6 people, we learned the human-centred design process by applying it to one of three pre-crafted real world design challenges (provided in the course). Each week we explored the main human-centered design concepts through readings, case studies, and short videos. Throughout the course we had the opportunity to interact and gain inspiration from design teams around the world taking the course with us and asking questions of experienced human-centred designers when we felt stuck.
I recently attended a presentation by the decorated American sailor Ken Read. His talk was titled, “Sailing on the Edge,” and a significant portion of it focused on the design and build of the 100’ Super Maxi sailboat ‘Comanche,’ which he skippers for the boat’s owner Jim Clark of Netscape and Silicon Graphics fame.
The Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is a $10 million global competition to stimulate innovation and integration of precision diagnostic technologies, helping consumers make their own reliable health diagnoses anywhere, anytime.
Later this year the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE will announce its winners. The VITALITI Health Monitoring System has been named a top-7 finalist in the prestigious $10M award, and part of a growing movement to place valuable health metrics at the fingertips of the consumer.
Spark is first and foremost a community of designers and creative people, bound together by the idea that Design can make significant, positive changes in the world and help make it better. The way we promote this Good Design is through the annual organization of international design competitions, exhibitions, blogs and workshops.
As global population soars, healthcare is reaching a crisis point: developing countries struggle with a lack of access while countries like the U.S. struggle to manage an inefficient system that spends billions on unnecessary care. After a life-changing trip to Haiti, one doctor teamed up with a small bioengineering company with a mission to empower patients.
WT | Wearable Technologies is the pioneer and world leading innovation and market development platform for technologies worn close to the body, on the body and even in the body. Since 2006 the platform has successfully established an ecosystem of more than 30,000 companies comprising market leaders and highly innovative companies.
It is impossible, in fact, to design a watch that tells only time. -Del Coates
The staff at Cortex wear a lot of watches– so many that it has become a thing we talk about and mutually admire on each other’s wrists. Every watch has an interesting story of how it was acquired, or a story of a moment in life or a time that the watch commemorates or represents to the owner. Joel suggested we have a Cortex Watch Day — and one day in July, everyone brought in their collection to show off.
“It creates a discipline and an internal corporate culture that can help you grow. -Robert Kaul
Medical products are entering the consumer space at a growing rate, providing safer and more effective health outcomes for the public. For prospective device manufacturers, it’s important to understand the impact that quality certifications like ISO-13485 have on the design process.
On Dec 16 2010, Scott Wilson’s TikTok+Lunatik watchband for the iPod Nano was the first crowd-funded project to earn nearly $1 million USD. It was a game-changing moment, where the world now understood that crowd-funding was REAL.
Cortex provided industrial design services for the The Voltera circuit board printer. They had an amazing launch on Kickstarter, raising their ask of $70K in 34 minutes! They are already in the top 100 most funded technology projects and appear on track to raise over $500K, we all have bets in the office… check out their Kickstarter campaign here.
While it is easy to specify an exotic material with the strength properties needed, and specify a manufacturing process that will deliver the required tolerances, the reality of manufacturing means you don’t have all of the choice in the world. Exotic materials and high precision tolerancing is expensive, and this product had to compete with the cost of a belt-clip.
Cortex Design is integrating Fusion 360 into our existing design process. In order to work with our vendors, we need Custom Drawing Templates in Fusion 360. This is not a feature that the Fusion team has implemented yet, so here’s how we made it work:
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Step 1: Draft your title block in AutoCAD
One of the most important parts of the drawing workspace is the ability to customize engineering drawings with your organization’s branding.
There is currently no option to make your custom title block in Fusion. The best way to go around this is to draft your title block in AutoCAD and import that DWG into Fusion.
To draw your title block in AutoCAD, start by opening the program and selecting the acad.dwt template.
You probably want to use a custom logo. It is important to know that Fusion cannot import blocks or XREFS. Before you import them, explode them until they no longer exist. XREFS need to be detached from the references dialogue box, not simply deleted.
Once in the drawing workspace, sketch out what you’d like your title block to look like. Make sure you pay attention to the sheet sizes for your title block.
Note: It is important that the AutoCAD units match the Fusion 360 units. If they are not congruent, the completed drawing cannot be rescaled in Fusion 360.
To create custom fields which can be filled out later (Author, File name, etc.) Use the ATTDEF command.
A note on line weights: Line weights can be carried through from AutoCad to Fusion 360 if set up properly in layers. Choose line weights by layer. It is a nice method to ensure a professional output once you generate your completed PDF.
Once you’ve finished. Save your file as a .dwg and we’ll be importing that into Fusion360 soon.
Step 2: Import title block into Fusion drawing.
Delete the default title block and import your custom title block.
Step 3: Save your drawing as a template
Before filling out any fields, save your drawing as a Drawing Template.
Step 4: Happiness 🙂
Now that you have saved your drawing template, you’ll be able to select it before entering the drawing workspace. Click the “Create Drawing” pull out, and in the “Template” dropdown, you’ll be able to select your drawing template. If there isn’t an option to select your drawing template, click browse and find your drawing template on your machine.
Fields in this drawing can be filled out as needed. You can program these fields directly in AutoCAD to speed up the drawing process.
The Fusion team is updating and improving the program every day. You can find release notes and a product roadmap here.
Additional Resources: Fusion 360 Community
If the tech world was a baseball game, the rules of it would change every time a new player stepped onto the field, a seasoned pitcher unveiled a new pitch, or a spectator entered the stadium. That’s basically how we won $100,000 + $5.4 million in R&D for a prize we’d already been disqualified for. Here’s how it happened.
In April 2017, Cortex journeyed to Hollywood, California for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE Awards, a global competition designed to stimulate new diagnostic technologies that will improve access to healthcare in the U.S. and beyond — technologies that are drastically needed both at home and abroad. Our client and partner Cloud DX entered the race in 2012 with the VITALITI Tricorder, a portable device that can be used to self-diagnose medical conditions.
There is a lot of work needed before an idea can be presented to the world for crowdfunding. New product ideas need to be seen and touched first before their value can be appreciated. That’s what a prototype will achieve.