Category Archives: M3 Design Journal

Embrace Complexity

Rube Goldberg mousetraps and aircraft cockpits. The word itself can send shivers down the spines of product developers and users alike. Complexity is a key component of every product development project and product success requires that it be embraced like everything else. It’s just harder to do so.

The Intuitive Debate

My Dad is a PC. He’s a trained computer science engineer who builds and maintains massive corporate mainframe software applications.

Getting to the Moon One Step at a Time

I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.

Avoiding the Schedule Trap

Let’s face it; engaging a product development firm these days can seem daunting. On the surface, things seem simple. You’ve got a schedule to keep, you compare it to your available resources and the math doesn’t add up.

5 Game-Changing Technologies

One of the cooler things about my job at M3 is that I get to spend time evaluating “what’s next” in technology. Today, I’d like to share five innovations that have the potential to generate some pretty serious disruption over the next decade or so.

How To Avoid Being Commoditized

Your company has been quite successful for a long time now. You created both the product category, and the market it serves. You are the clear leader. Life is good.

Design Language for Engineers, Part 2

In a follow-up to Design Language 101, Part 1″, we provide information that executives responsible for product development can use to better understand how Design Language benefits engineers.

Get Smart!

If you’ve been paying any kind of attention to the news over the past few months, you will almost certainly have heard about Nest, a new kind of thermostat from former Apple veteran Tony Fadell and his team.

Innovate Like a Startup

In my 15-year career working as a researcher, designer, and strategist, my focus has been on helping business leaders break new ground. I have worked with the full spectrum of technology-based companies, ranging from Silicon Valley to Wall Street, and while I have been part of some true breakthroughs, I have also witnessed my fair share of failed innovation.