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June 08, 2016

The 10-Step Guide To Developing Your First VR Product

The web is awash in claims that 2016 will be the year of virtual reality. And at first glance, that appears to be true. Multiple high-profile headsets debuted this year, ranging from the Oculus Rift to Samsung’s Gear VR to HTC’s Vive. But the VR community has a little secret: The technology’s blank pages are missing the entertaining, educational content that it will need to thrive. And content creation takes time, especially because the VR community is in the midst of developing the components, best practices, and user base that more mature technologies enjoy.

May 26, 2016

10 Tips for Successful Design Sprints

How do you shop for coffee? That’s the question Blue Bottle Coffee — a portfolio company of Google Ventures — began its design sprint with. While the micro-roasting startup had made a name for itself in the California and New York coffee scenes by 2013, its web presence needed work. To sprint its way to a better site, it brought in Google Ventures and Montreal-based design agency Dynamo. Blue Bottle’s most interesting finding? Contrary to expectations, the sprint helped it realize consumers don’t purchase coffee based on its origin; consumers care about preparation. In just five days, the consultants helped Blue Bottle prototype a beautiful new website engineered to help customers decide on coffee suited to their brewing preferences.

May 24, 2016

Intro To Design Sprints: The Process Behind Legendary Products

The design sprint was pioneered by GV’s Jake Knapp, who recently published his methods in “Sprint,” a book about how nearly any design challenge can be solved in a week through rapid prototyping and user testing. So when Yeti first read Knapp’s blog posts detailing his design sprint methodology, we couldn’t wait to try it: The sprint felt like a natural, obvious evolution of our design processes. Design sprints aren’t just a Silicon Valley fad, though: They’re the latest innovation in problem-solving that modern companies are using to move from frustration to solution, catalyzing the creation of products that customers truly want.

May 20, 2016

7 Prototyping Tips to Launch Your Product Upward

Conducted in late 1972, the Apollo 17 mission is one of NASA’s greatest achievements. Not only was it the last manned mission to the moon, but it was also an astutely built lander that broke records for the longest manned lunar landing flight (and the longest time in lunar orbit). The lander was undoubtedly an engineering feat. The federal government had given NASA just a few short years to build, test, launch, and successfully return a lander to orbit. Lives were on the line, and with the shrinking NASA budget, the team didn’t have the time or resources to build something that would fail.

April 26, 2016

Prototyping Your First IoT Product? Here’s What to Expect

The Internet of Things (IoT) isn’t just buzz; it’s big business. Connected technology initiatives are making waves at Microsoft, Dell, and SAP, but they’re also cropping up in unexpected everyday places like farmlands, basketball courts, and bicycle races. Before we know it, the IoT will manage our homes, tend our gardens, and even monitor our mailboxes.