3M needs a Senior Interaction Designer

At some point in life, all of us have used, loved and spent countless hours getting sticky with 3M products! Even though their Post-it notes have made them a household name, 3M has a huge reach, working in all the major industries such as electronics, transportation, healthcare as well as mining oil and gas! Working with 3M gives you an opportunity to reach and improve millions of people around the globe, and they are looking for a Senior Interaction Designer to join them in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives. With $33 billion in sales, our 93,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. 3M has a long-standing reputation as a company committed to innovation. We provide the freedom to explore and encourage curiosity and creativity. We gain new insight from diverse thinking and take risks on new ideas. Here, you can apply your talent in bold ways that matter.

Job Description:
3M is driving creativity and design as a competitive platform for innovation and brand globally to enhance design-driven solutions for people and the world. We are looking for a Senior Interaction Designer for our Health Care Business Group to enhance the design function at the 3M Design Center, located in St. Paul, MN.

Does your curiosity inspire you to imagine tomorrow’s solutions? Do you ever wonder how collaborative creativity can enrich innovation and make progress possible? Or wonder if design can drive competitive advantage for business and improve the customer experience? These are just a few of the questions we ask at 3M Design every day. Our diverse, global team includes design talent from multiple creative disciplines, who keep the engine going for strong operations to ensure our design organization is world class. We’re looking for creative explorers who are excited to be part of the design journey at an innovation company like 3M, driven by curiosity.

The person hired for the position of Senior Interaction Designer will work with cross-functional teams to create user-centered designs and workflows in support of programs of major importance across the 3M Oral Care Solutions (OCSD) Division. Responsible for design direction, improvement initiatives, design-research, and operating plans for design creation. Independently contributes to multiple major new design programs, redesign programs or continuous improvement projects within the assigned business or function. This position provides an opportunity to transition from other private, public, government or military environments to a 3M career.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

Senior Interaction Designer primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
– Plans and supports UX design workshops with stakeholders builds design artifacts necessary to conduct concept testing/usability testing and produces reports.
– Accountable for defining key user interface behaviors through the use of experience models, personas, storyboards, site maps, flow diagrams, wireframes, mockups, interactive prototypes, simulations, etc.
– Translate customer insights into tangible design deliverables. Thinks beyond boundaries to create design direction.
– Develops and maintains user interaction design guidelines as part of the 3M larger UX design system initiative.
– Develops and/or uses appropriate UX design and evaluation processes and/or efficiency and cost measurements to ensure that any design solution meets or exceeds defined needs and strategies.
– Willingness to be fearless about driving new ideas and finding beautiful and powerful ways to communicate them.

Basic Qualifications: 
– Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), interaction design, user experience design, digital media design, graphic design, visual design, communication design or industrial design
– Minimum of five (5) combined years of working experience in user experience design or interaction design with experiences in designing solutions for desktop, web and/or applications on a variety of platforms

Preferred Qualifications:
– M.S. in Design Strategy, Interaction Design, Human-Computer Interaction or a related field or equivalent practical experience
– 7 years of experience as an interaction designer
– Ability to visualize data and complex concepts
– Experience designing complex and/or task-based applications
– Experience designing native applications for iOS and Android
– Experience with design research techniques to understand the customer (e.g., interviews, contextual inquiry, usability testing, card sorting)
– Ability to create interactive design prototypes in Axure, Sketch, Adobe XD, HTML/JS/CSS, or other tools
– Experience working collaboratively with other product managers and engineers in a variety of settings and strong communication skills with the ability to articulate positions and advocate designs

Please attach a file or include a link to a non-confidential portfolio of design work along with your application.

Location: Maplewood, MN
Travel: Up to 15%
Relocation: Is authorized

About 3M Design
3M Design is the creative engine driving design for innovation at 3M. As a global team of diverse talent that creates meaningful and consistent brand experiences, we stimulate collaborative creativity to translate insights and technologies into solutions that inspire and positively impact our customers, our employees, and our world. At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 91,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. For more information about 3M Design, visit www.3M.com/design or follow @3MDesign on Twitter. Learn more about 3M at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.

Diverse & Inclusive 3M
3M is a place where you can collaborate with other curious, creative people. Where your diverse talents, inclusiveness, initiative, and leadership are valued. Where you’ll find challenging opportunities that make your career exciting and rewarding. With a diversity of people, global locations, technologies, and products, 3M is a place to grow and be rewarded for excellence. Must be legally authorized to work in the country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

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Understanding Business Design-Part 1

Move over UI/UX Design and make way for the latest parallel in the design world, Business Design! Rothman University defines Business Design is a human-centered approach to innovation. It applies the principles and practices of design to help organizations create new value and new forms of competitive advantage. At its core, Business Design is the integration of customer empathy, experience design, and business strategy. With industry-leaders like IDEO, Designit, and more including Business Design in their services, this trend is poised to integrate design in a whole new way. This series of write-up’s by Tsukasa Tanimoto ( a Business Designer himself!) explains Business Design, how to define it, the way it functions and most importantly, what role does it play in an organization.

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The discipline of business design seems to be increasingly appealing to actors within the service design and innovation consultancy industries. Spotless isn’t an exception — I am proud to announce that I have recently joined as their Service & Business Designer moving across from Fjord.

Another trend I have noticed while talking to friends in the industry and former colleagues, however, is how little business design is understood. Due to the fairly recent emergence of the practice, its definition is blurred. No need to worry though — even Business Designers themselves find it hard to define their roles and to describe their activities. As a Service & Business Designer at Spotless, I am excited to share a series of blog posts which will aspire to share my own vision of what Business Design stands for.

At the macro level, a business designer applies human-centered methodologies to innovate or optimize the business-related elements of a service or product. It is equally important for a business designer to understand human-centered design in order to apply it to business elements as it is for him or her to have the analytical skills to understand how a business or service functions.

I will go into the nitty-gritty of what business design actually is, practically speaking, in the following blog posts. Today, I will focus on how the world of service design and innovation consultancy evolved with time, as it will greatly help us understand the origins of business design as well as its relevance in recent years.

It all started by seeking ‘desirability.’

Service design, by nature, aspires to come up with solutions by putting people at the heart of its processes. Through design research, potential users demand the requirements of the future service enabling service design to create desirable services. While Livework studio and Engine, both founded in the early 2000s, are considered as the pioneers of service design, a great breadth of agencies — Fjordfrog designDesignit, and many more — have since started with a similar vision and proposition.

“It might be desirable, but can we actually make it?”

Thanks to the technological progress that exponentially improved in the 2000s and to the standardization of digital services, clients naturally started to want more than service blueprints. On top of having a plan for a desirable service, they started to ask how feasible and scalable the services actually were. As a consequence, two trends emerged — on one hand, service design agencies started to widen their offer to product development, and on the other hand, product development firms morphed into end-to-end agencies by topping up their portfolios with design research and service design capabilities. Prime examples include the likes of FuturiceReaktorustwoThe App Business, and others.

With greater power comes greater responsibility: the need for viability.

In recent years, design has begun to prove itself as a smart return on investment, demonstrated by valuations like DMI’s Design Value Index, which showed that the financial performance of design-centric companies outperformed the S&P 500 by a significant margin. Understanding the market potential, large corporations have started to want a piece of the big pie. In the past five years, the Big Four accounting firms — PwC, EY, KPMG, and Deloitte — have all acquired smaller firms with design capabilities. IT consulting firms are also catching the wave — Accenture acquired Fjord in 2013, Wipro acquired Designit in 2015, Altran acquired frog in 2017, and most recently, Idean and Adaptive Lab joined the Capgemini network. (For a more extensive list, @John Maeda’s Design in Tech reports give a great overview of M&A activity within the design field every year). Prestigious management consultancies aren’t an exception, either — McKinsey acquired both Lunar and Veryday while Boston Consulting Group launched a venturing and design branch called BCG Digital Ventures. Advertising, likewise, has attempted to save its industry through similar acquisitions — IDEO, for example, joined a collective run by Hakuhodo, one of Japan’s largest advertising holding companies.

Two patterns seem to have emerged from this trend. Firstly, due to the infiltration of design into the corporate world, there is now much more pressure for design to deliver a measurable financial and business outcome. Clients are asking how financially viable service design work can be, and with their greater power, designers now have greater responsibility to deliver. The second pattern presents a new opportunity. As businesses begin to see the limitations of traditional business consulting, and as open-minded designers apply their methodologies to new fields such as the business paradigm, designers have the opportunity not only to prove viability but actually to design new ways to be viable.

The relevance of Business Design today.

Fjord is a design and innovation consultancy that illustrates these three points well. While their core offer is and will remain service design, they have expanded their capability to “deliver world-class digital products” and “to rewire organizations to unlock people’s potential.” Simply proving desirability and feasibility of a service doesn’t suffice anymore. Today, not only is there a necessity to rationalize our design work by proving how viable it can be, but there is also a growing opportunity to apply user-centered approaches and design methodologies to the business realm.

This is where business design comes in. The practice’s ability to understand the craft of people-centered methodologies, combined with its strength to create a common language with business stakeholders, makes business design the perfect ‘bridge’ between both worlds — and is the reason why its value is so relevant today.

Now that we’ve uncovered the origins of business design and slightly hinted at what it is all about, my next post will deep dive into what business design actually is within the context of a design and innovation consultancy.

Other References to understand Business Design better:


The original write up by Tsukasa Tanimoto published on Medium can be found here.
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TOMY International, Inc. needs an Industrial Designer

Established in 1924, TOMY has been creating toys to spark imaginations across the ages 0 to 99! With the iconic Sonic the Hedgehog by their side, TOMY has incorporated their distinct Japanese style into every household across the world. Their unique collaborations with brands like Coco-Cola to the Incredibles Movie Series and their statement original collections like John Deere Utility Vehicles and Tomica® ensure  TOMY has something for every child and adult, irrespective of their age. Take this job opening and help new parents by creating valued products that enhance and support their perfectly imperfect journey.


Are you obsessed with design? Do you empathize with parents today and think about ways to make their lives better?

The First Years, a division of TOMY International, is looking for a motivated, multi-talented, and energetic product designer who loves to get their hands dirty, to dig deep and solve problems, and to carry their inspired design intent through every touchpoint of a product launch. The ideal candidate will mix Industrial with Graphic Design capabilities to create a holistic product solution. Children don’t come with an instruction manual; so for more than 65 years, we have been helping new parents by creating valued products that enhance and support their perfectly imperfect journey.
In this role, you will have the opportunity to champion new ideas while working closely with mechanical engineers, brand leaders, packaging, and other talented Industrial Designers. You will be influencing design on a cross-functional team where communication and collaboration is paramount. You will contribute directly to product categories such as Bath & Potty, Nursery, Toddler Feeding, Infant Care and Play, while also contributing to the development of our licensed products lines.
This role operates out of the Canton, MA office and reports to the Director of Design.

Responsibilities:

• Participate in immersion programs including store visits, design research, and focus groups
• Creative based activities – brainstorming, prototyping, etc.
• Frequent collaboration and communication with internal partners
• Application of insight into innovative design solutions and product concepts
• Regularly present design work to category leaders
• Knowledge of competitive landscape, market segments
• Ongoing analysis of market trends and category influencers
Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design or equivalent
• Minimum 3 years of experience in product or fashion design
• Experience using industry tools – Adobe Creative Suite, Sketchbook, Keyshot, SolidWorks, etc.
• Animation experience in Flash or After Effects a plus

Requirements:

• Strong fundamentals – sketching, concept creation, form development, and visual communication
• Understanding of manufacturing materials and processes
• Excellent communication skills – English speaking
• Creative thinker + problem solver
• Ability to handle multiple tasks and assignments simultaneously
• Ability to identify trends and opportunities in the marketplace
• A proactive worker with a positive attitude
• Experience bringing products to market a plus
• Organized and consistently delivers project work on time

TOMY International is a leading global designer, producer and marketer of a broad range of innovative, high quality toys made under the TOMY®, Ertl®, Johnny Lightning® and Tomica® brands as well as nursery products for mothers, infants and toddlers marketed under its The First Years®, Lamaze and JJ Cole® Collections brands. TOMY also markets its products under popular and classic licenses such as Pokemon, Transformers, Dinosaur Train, John Deere, Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, Princesses, Cars, Fairies, and Toy Story. TOMY’s mission is to inspire and fulfill the dreams of children and parents worldwide. TOMY reaches its target consumers through multiple channels of distribution supporting more than 25,000 retail outlets throughout Asia, North and South America, Europe and Australia. TOMY International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based TOMY Company, Ltd (Tokyo Stock Exchange Code No. 7867).

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Top 5 job openings at YD Job Board for this week

As a part of our careers-related columns, these are our top five picks of the best industrial design opportunities on Yanko Design’s recruitment platform YD Job Board. This week brings you openings at Apple (a brand that literally needs no introduction), footwear innovators-Timberland along with pioneers in 3D printing techniques 3D Hubs!

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CAD Sculptor/Digital 3D Modeler at Apple

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it. Apple is looking for candidates with a strong interest and aptitude in digital 3D modeling for the Industrial Design group’s CAD sculpting team.

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Footwear Design Intern at Timberland

Timberland has been making authentic boots, shoes, apparel, and accessories since 1973. From our humble beginnings in Newmarket, New Hampshire, to a global company with locations in over 15 countries and a member of VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel and footwear– Timberland is more than a brand: it’s an incredible place to work, encouraging employees to get out there and always be on the lookout for adventure at every turn. That’s why we offer employees 40 paid hours of service time every year and tons of perks designed to get you outside doing the things you’re passionate about – from downhill skiing to yoga and everything in between. We’re always looking for talented people to join our team, whether it be in our retail stores or at our headquarters in Stratham, New Hampshire, and we’re especially interested in the above sounds like the kind of environment you will thrive in. Work with the Special Makeup design team to assist and create footwear concepts and storyboards based on seasonal color/material trends, as well as consumer and fashion trends.

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Product Designer at 3D Hubs

We’re a truly international team of dedicated young people working on disrupting the traditional way of manufacturing and leading the next industrial revolution. 3D Hubs has created an automated online platform that connects manufacturing capacity with local demand. Thanks to our manufacturing network across 140+ countries we can provide engineers and product designer with custom parts in a matter of days, made with cutting-edge technologies such as 3D printing, CNC machining, and Injection Moulding. Founded in 2013, the network has since produced more than 2,000,000 parts, making 3D Hubs the global leader in distributed manufacturing. We have raised over $12M from the people behind the world’s most successful online platforms, such as Uber, Spotify, and Booking.com. Design is an essential part of the 3D Hubs culture. We believe that it is one of the key elements that sets us apart from the competition. We aim to build a user experience that turns our customers into engineering superheroes. As our team continues to grow, we are looking for an outstanding Product Designer that will help us get there.

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Design Director at MASH Studios

MASHstudios is a multi-disciplinary firm specializing in furniture design and manufacturing. We pride ourselves in taking on projects that push the creative envelope and we consistently work with clients who are changing the social climate. We are a collective of creative professionals bound by our commitment to elevate design and client service above the hum of mediocrity. The Design Director will be responsible for communicating strategic goals into actionable design solutions, establishing the conceptual and stylistic direction for design team and overseeing their work. Areas of work include design strategy, furniture conceptualization, and client presentations. Ensures proper team resources are in place to maintain MASHstudios standards of creative excellence and timeliness.

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Junior Industrial Designer at Core Home

Luxottica is a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. Our wholesale network covers more than 150 countries and our retail presence consists of over 7,200 retail stores across the globe. In North America, our wholesale business is the home to global brands like Ray-Ban, Oakley, and many of the top fashion house brands. Our leading retail brands include; LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut, Pearle Vision, Target Optical and Sears Optical. We are also home to EyeMed, the fastest growing vision care company in the United States. Supporting over 4,500 retail stores in North America, a career in our retail headquarters allows us to stay in touch with the end customer and use their ever-changing behaviors and preferences to shape our offerings of the best eyewear and services.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here

The advent of electronics had ushered in the third Industrial Design revolution but we are slowly moving beyond the realm of tangible, screen-based interactions to discover multiple new possibilities. These discoveries are the cause for which, the World Economic Forum and many other leading research agencies are deeming the upcoming trends as the fourth Industrial Revolution. In the article below, Paul Hobcraft explains what exactly does this fourth revolution entail and how will it affect the industries and hence, the world around us.

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There are twin forces at work, feeding off each other. We are facing greater disruption and an increasing innovation pace. These are constantly combining, relentlessly adding a new shape to our future. We are actually caught up in a very revolutionary period.

The days of simple product innovation are dwindling. It is through the fourth industrial revolution (also known as Industry 4.0), currently being undertaken, that technology, talent, and new innovation ecosystems are emerging – building greater complexity into our final innovation offerings. Intelligent automation and technology are fuelling this new industrial revolution. And this unprecedented, exponential pace of change is increasingly reliant on collaborative platforms to realize the result: more radical innovations.

Innovators struggle to manage in a new way

Organizations everywhere are facing mounting pressure to transform – to shift from product-centric business models to new models focused on creating and capturing different sources of new value. As a result, innovation is becoming more complex.

At the heart of this transformation is the fourth industrial revolution. Here, manufacturing is fast becoming the digital manufacturing enterprise (DME). The DME is designed to increase response rate and manage in more efficient, connected, and effective ways. There is this growing recognition that everything needs to be connected to bring a different perspective to any global value chain –one of being far more responsive and bringing manufacturing closer to the customer need.

How does your organization feel about our digitally connected world? We are all becoming more connected in the way we work, collaborate, and manage. Organizations are attempting to “fuse” different technologies to manage the existing physical world differently and are preparing themselves for the interplay between the physical and virtual world – one where this “connecting up” is promising to bring us. The ongoing investment in IT infrastructure is drawing in investments. It is changing the nature of where we will look for innovation outcomes in the future.

The fourth industrial revolution is one where we are gaining new knowledge and understanding. It is offering a very different potential for constructing new business models, products, services, and societal solutions. Many manufacturers are still in the early stages of this fourth revolution, but you have this sense of feeling that we are continuing to disrupt everything we know.

Welcome to the 4th industrial revolution

Wherever we turn in the manufacturing world, the technological revolution immerses us. The scale, scope, and complexity are things we’ve certainly never experienced. It is exposing us to exponential technologies. But what does that mean?

We seem caught up in such levels of velocity, scope, and systems impact – it is seemingly exponential, occurring at faster rates of change. Companies are radically overhauling entire systems of production, management, and governance on a constant basis of change. We have unprecedented processing power, storage capacity, and access to various avenues of knowledge. These are being combined with emerging technology in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, material science, and quantum computing. It is creating fresh challenges and opportunities within innovation. Are we equipping ourselves to explore these?

Of course, we have faced industrial revolutions before. But, being caught up in one tends to leave us often conflicted. The first industrial revolution was based on water and steam to mechanize production. The second revolution was the use of electric power that led to the creation of mass production. Then we had the third revolution, where electronics and information technology started to deliver automated production. This fourth one builds on the third. It is the digital revolution where we are witnessing a fusion of technologies that seem to be blurring the lines between those past established borders to open up different meanings and business potential. It is truly exponential.

Confronted in multiple ways

We are looking increasingly to our engineers, designers, and scientists to unlock these new knowledge flows that bring us whole new areas of technological-based innovation. Product innovation is continually giving way to new concepts that have technology built into them. Our innovation has become increasingly complex, connected, and contextual.

Our industry value chains are being radically redesigned to accommodate “connected worlds” being more reliant on “everything” being digital. This is giving us new options for adapting quality to differently defined market needs. We are learning to respond digitally, in more dramatic and dynamic ways, to reflect pricing opportunity on increasingly opportunity marketing, so as we can appeal to wider sets of audiences or push our offerings out to explore different market potentials.

As we continue to design manufacturing to be fully connected-up, we can adjust faster, scale differently, and deliver quantities to varying cycles of demand, closer to the need of the day and more appealing to the customers. Our innovation scope changes with these new dynamics.

Today, we see a different spectrum of choice. We can order personalized clothes online that reflect the latest fashion, seen only days before. Manufacturing and delivery are taking days and not months to be available in-store or delivered to your door. We can design our own shoes. We can build complete vacation packages, designing our travel to meet our specific needs and budget. More and more, we want tailored experiences or solutions that fit our design need, not just “items” sitting on the shelf.

Mass production has given way to tailored design. We can track our orders, and we can engage directly with those that can deliver to our specific needs. Our engagement and growing relationship with customer service, our needs, and the organization’s service and response are all changing. All provide innovation opportunity to exploit.

Manufacturing is in a massive transformation

Manufacturing has progressively formed around cyber-physical product systems (CPPS) that are merging our real and virtual worlds into a seamless one. Software is optimizing every process and task, whether performed by humans or machines. These are ongoing online networks of machines connected in similar ways to our social networks that are linked through technology and digital infrastructures. Everything has become “smart.”

The revolution underway is connecting all the parts: the “internet of things” (IoT), of data, of services, and of people. We are very much still in the middle of this revolution, but it is where innovation will greatly benefit as this connecting-up continues.

We are constantly seeing progress occurring all around us. For example, we’re now more dependent on cloud processing and data storage than ever before. We are recognizing the value of having digital twins to simulate our manufacturing environment. We are designing software solutions specifically to simulate different scenarios, mirroring our real time to test options and optimize different set-ups, to reflect demand.

Our manufacturing plants are becoming far more integrated – virtually integrated. We are building industry 4.0 open standards so increasingly we can connect across manufacturing ecosystems even more, so as to reduce disruption or provide greater flexibility. We are exploring data analytics for learning and predicting, and this is placing a greater emphasis on collaboration, experimentation, exploration, and coordination from all this connecting-up.

Consequences of the 4th industrial revolution

We must reflect on all these direct consequences of the fourth industrial revolution. Where technology has combined with the physical to raise our customer expectations even further, it has given us different product enhancements that fit with our lives, one where we can contribute and collaborate more.

The customer is increasingly at the epicenter of the economy. The products and services are enhanced through the digital capabilities that boost their value and worth. New materials are making our assets more durable and resilient, and data and analytics provide valuable feedback needed to build even better services and performance for the future. All this connecting and reacting is requiring new forms of collaboration, and we are seeing new types of organizations emerging. They are far more dependent on platforms and ecosystems. Innovation is the unlocking mechanism.

We are required to alter our understanding of Innovation due to this 4th revolution

The consequences of the fourth industrial revolution can be seen in the shifts of our emphasis taking place around innovation. We are focusing more on our innovation spend on technological innovation. We are constantly looking at the changes to our existing business models to reflect these changes, and we are integrating our innovation systems to explore entirely new business models.

Source: World Economic Forum

We are connecting innovation more than ever. For example, choosing a blockchain technology requires significant collaboration and technology understanding. We are reliant on so much to generate “our”innovative solutions, far more than in the past. The interactive World Economic Forum map (screenshot shown above) is worth exploring. As you click on the links, you quickly recognize how interconnected our innovation has become. Not just in being able to produce accepted solutions but being having a ‘richer’ choice on where to focus our innovation efforts. Our innovation is becoming reliant on the fourth revolution and how it is all connecting us up, to provide our future growth through greater collaboration.

Doblin’s ‘Ten Types of Innovation’ – more relevant today than in the past

In the past, innovation was traditionally a product offering only – those within one specific domain of influence, as a one company solution. This has been progressively changing. We have been seeing innovation’s potential in exploring different combinations as outlined by Doblin’s “Ten Types of Innovation” view. It is the connecting-up of our operating environment digitally that is building this out even further.

The configuration, offering, and experiences are being pushed further by the growing impact of Industry 4.0. By integrating, exploring cross-disciplinary engineering, exploring the extended value chain, and through greater understanding of product function, customer experiences and managing innovation throughout the total life cycle are giving us a more expansive innovation canvas to work with. The shift in where to place your innovation efforts comes more and more from both horizontal and vertical solutions not previously imagined without this connected world.

Industry 4.0 has required us to advance our core skills and capabilities

We need to appreciate new digital business models and their impact. We are increasingly reliant on digital engineering and science. Our operations are yielding more innovation growth creating potential in end-to-end management, having available a digital factory that can respond, a greater reliance on so many things digital, ones that can lead to radically different innovation opportunities.

In products, there are so many variations of product extension, of how to position them and operate within multiple business models. There is scope to have radically different product development and processes to manage these. These are multiplying by this rate of industrial change.

Equally, the traditional supply chain has a very different potential when factories and operations become highly connected and start operating as Industry 4.0 entities; in the way they can be operated, responsive, in the supply networks and logistical integration opportunities, and in responding through different levels of automated planning and inventory management. All require different management.

As we connect more, customer experiences can hugely benefit. We can target, sell, and market on greater connecting knowledge. We can understand channel choice and connectivity better and provide more tailored pre- and post-sales support to manage the entire lifecycle as we continue to build the connected industry 4.0 environment.

The innovator is being challenged

So, what must we do as innovators? By recognizing and delivering on the fourth industrial revolution, we can start to think outside our classic product innovation boxes. We can shift our often-linear thinking as Industry 4.0 is the revolution that connects all the parts. Recognizing the transforming potential will revolutionize how we manage innovation going forward. It shifts our thinking and the management of innovation dramatically.

Innovation is fundamentally undergoing a radical change. Where is the front-end in all this? Is it simply just in an idea plucked from random connections, or is it found through all the digital connections we are continually making, brought about by the fourth industrial revolution? Are we capitalizing and capturing these as well as we should be? I feel we should explore this further in future posts. What do you think? Would that be valuable to you?


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The original write up by Paul Hobcraft published on Hype can be found here.

Top 5 Job Openings at YD Job Board for this week

As a part of our careers-related columns, these are our top five picks of the best industrial design opportunities on Yanko Design’s recruitment platform YD Job Board. This week brings you openings at the giant of all eyewear brands Luxottica (of the Ray-Ban, Oakley, and many of the top fashion house brands fame…), backpackers dream manufacturer Osprey, Johnson & Johnson and even a chance to design a boat with the White River Marine Group Company among other options!

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Sr. Eyewear Designer at Luxottica (Ray-Ban, Oakley, and many of the top fashion house brands…)

Luxottica is a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. Our wholesale network covers more than 150 countries and our retail presence consists of over 7,200 retail stores across the globe. In North America, our wholesale business is the home to global brands like Ray-Ban, Oakley, and many of the top fashion house brands. Our leading retail brands include; LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut, Pearle Vision, Target Optical and Sears Optical. We are also home to EyeMed, the fastest growing vision care company in the United States. Supporting over 4,500 retail stores in North America, a career in our retail headquarters allows us to stay in touch with the end customer and use their ever-changing behaviors and preferences to shape our offerings of the best eyewear and services.

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Product Designer – Travel at Osprey Packs, Inc.

Many of us live in southwest Colorado near Osprey’s headquarters in Cortez. Nestled at the corner of the rugged San Juan Mountains and on the edge of vast sandstone canyon country, this landscape provides us with constant inspiration and a superb testing ground for our packs. Our mission is to create innovative high-performance gear that reflects our love of adventure and our devotion to the outdoors. We succeed when we meet the demanding expectation of our most discerning customers and they are proud to use our packs. Osprey Packs is seeking a dynamic team player to join our Design Team in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The Product (Travel) Designer’s focus is to deliver innovative seasonal gear-carrying solutions and special designs, ranging from packs to hard-sided, soft-sided, and hybrid wheeled travel & luggage, and accessories. The Product (Travel) Designer is responsible for delivering all aspects of the design from concept to pre-production via prototyping, testing, sourcing, color/fabric/trims processes, and specification packages (tech-packs).

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3D Digital Media Designer at Knoll, Inc.

Knoll is a constellation of design-driven brands and people, working together with our clients to create inspired modern interiors. Our internationally recognized portfolio includes furniture, textiles, leathers, accessories, and architectural and acoustical elements brands. These brands – Knoll Office, KnollStudio, KnollTextiles, KnollExtra, Spinneybeck | FilzFelt, Edelman Leather, DatesWeiser and HOLLY HUNT – reflect our commitment to modern design that meets the diverse requirements of high-performance workplaces and luxury interiors. A recipient of the National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement from the Smithsonian`s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Knoll is aligned with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canadian Green Building Council and can help organizations achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) workplace certification. Knoll is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk program.

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Senior Human Factors Engineer at Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. Caring for the world, one person at a time has inspired and united the people of Johnson & Johnson for 125 years. We embrace research and science — bringing innovative ideas, products, and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world. Johnson & Johnson is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products, as well as a provider of related services, for the consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical devices and diagnostics markets. The more than 250 Johnson & Johnson operating companies employ approximately 119,000 people in 60 countries throughout the world. The Johnson & Johnson Design team is a diverse and collaborative strategic function, spanning across the enterprise, striving to unleash the power of innovation and design thinking to deliver exceptional user experiences for the doctors, nurses, and patients, mothers and fathers and all others who use our products and services.

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Industrial Designer at White River Marine Group Company

Spanning destination retail, boat manufacturing, and award-winning resorts, Bass Pro Shops/White River Marine Group is an innovative pioneer in connecting everyone to the great outdoors. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today Bass Pro Shops is a leading destination retailer offering outdoor gear and apparel in an immersive setting with more than 100 retail and marine centers that host 120 million people annually. White River Marine Group, part of the Bass Pro family, is the largest manufacturer of boats in the world by volume offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands including TRACKER®, SUN TRACKER®, NITRO®, TAHOE®, REGENCY®, MAKO®, RANGER®, TRITON®, STRATOS® and ASCEND®. The company also operates Big Cedar Lodge – America’s Premier Wilderness Resort, along with other restaurants, nature-based attractions and resort destinations. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is committed to inspiring everyone to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors. The company is known as a national leader in protecting habitat and connecting families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”

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Top 5 Job Openings at YD Job Board for this week

As a part of our careers-related columns, these are our top five picks of the best industrial design opportunities on Yanko Design’s recruitment platform YD Job Board. This week brings you openings at the parent of multiple kitchen-appliances based brand LifetimeBrands (KitchenAid, Farberware…), outdoor giants YETI, UberEats and a chance to work on a jet with Dassault Falcon Jet among other options!

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Industrial Designer at Lifetime Brands Inc. (KitchenAid, Farberware, chef’n, Food Huggers…)

Lifetime Brands is a leading global provider of kitchenware, tableware and other products used in the home. We offer brands you trust, value without compromise and an unwavering commitment to innovation. Our products make it easier for you to prepare food, serve meals, entertain guests, and decorate your home. We market products under well-known kitchenware brands, including Farberware, KitchenAid, Sabatier, Amco Houseworks, Chef’n, Chicago Metallic, Copco, Fred & Friends, Houdini, KitchenCraft, Kamenstein, Kizmos, MasterClass, Misto, Mossy Oak, Swing-A-Way, Taylor Kitchen and Vasconia; respected tableware and giftware brands, including Mikasa, Pfaltzgraff, Fitz and Floyd, Creative Tops, Empire Silver, Gorham, International Silver, Kirk Stieff, Rabbit, Towle Silversmiths, Tuttle, Wallace, Wilton Armetale, V&A and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew; and valued home solutions brands, including BUILT NY, and Taylor. We also provide exclusive private label products to leading retailers worldwide. Our products can be found in specialty stores, department stores, national chains, mass merchants, warehouse clubs, home.

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Industrial Designer at Dassault Falcon Jet

Dassault Falcon is the recognized global brand for Dassault business jets which are designed, manufactured and supported by Dassault Aviation and Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. Dassault Aviation is a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 90 countries across five continents. It produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the complete line of Falcons. The company employs a workforce of over 11,000 and has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities around the globe. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, over 2,400 Falcon jets have been delivered. Dassault offers a range of six business jets from the twin-engine 3,350 nm large-cabin Falcon 2000S to its new flagship, the tri-engine 6,450 nm ultra-long range Falcon 8X. About Dassault Falcon Jet Dassault Falcon Jet Corp., is a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, France. Dassault Falcon Jet markets and supports the Falcon family of business jets throughout North America and South America. Dassault Falcon Jet one of the most sought after brands in business aviation is hiring an Industrial Designer in our Little Rock Completion Center. This role is the focal point for all aspects of industrial design and style expertise for the design and manufacturing teams of the Little Rock completion center.

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Sr. Industrial Designer at YETI

YETI Coolers created and leads the premium cooler category by making ridiculously tough (bear-proof) coolers that keep things cold for an absurdly long time. We are looking for somebody to help us change the game again… and again…. and again… in coolers and beyond. We’re on a rocket ship. You can find us on “Fastest Growing Company” lists, and our sales have on average doubled every year since our founding in 2006. We are probably bigger (in sales, staff, resources) than you think we are, but still small enough for you to meaningfully help build and shape this growing brand. We believe in making great products without compromise and are not afraid to charge more for the best materials, construction, suppliers, and manufacturing processes. We’re headquartered in Austin, Texas, which is one of America’s fastest-growing cities for a reason: it’s a pretty great place to live. As a member of the YETI Industrial Design Team, this successful candidate will possess a deep understanding of the YETI brand and what it takes to deliver great design. The Sr. Industrial Designer will champion industrial design efforts of new YETI products through understanding consumer wants and needs, creative problem solving, and communicating their ideas with the larger organization. A high level of teamwork and collaboration is paramount to the success of our organization, “No One Succeeds Alone!”

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Senior Industrial Designer at Shopify

Shopify is a leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform used by small to medium-sized businesses and global brands alike. We believe entrepreneurship should be accessible to everyone. We are powering the future of commerce by removing barriers to enable anyone anywhere to build, grow, and scale a business, both online and offline. Shopify currently powers over 800,000 businesses in approximately 175 countries. Our industrial designers are exploring the future of Retail and they take ownership over the entire physical product development process. They collaborate with a variety of experts internally as well as with outside agencies and vendors in order to design and prototype new products and experiences, helping to shape the strategic direction for Shopify hardware.

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Sr. Product Designer at Uber Eats

Uber Eats is looking for great design thinkers and problem solvers for a brand new team that will transform how people get their groceries. As a Product Designer on the grocery team, you’ll take on tough interaction and service design challenges, and you’ll work on big new ideas that will transform how people eat.  You’ll collaborate with design-oriented engineers, product managers and some of the world’s best designers and researchers on our fast-paced, rapidly growing Toronto team. You’ll make magic by crafting and shipping delicious and delightful experiences for people around the world. Responsibilities include owning design problems end to end, from initial concept through shipping and beyond, creating wireframes and prototypes to solve difficult UX problems, to obsess over the details of visual and motion design, and design systems to make simple, elegant experiences based on our complex logistics and machine learning technology.

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As a part of our careers-related columns, these are our top five picks of the best industrial design opportunities on Yanko Design’s recruitment platform YD Job Board. This week brings you openings at the leading Motorola Solutions, home appliance innovator Bosch and kitchen goods transformer -Tupperware along with other interesting opportunities!

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Industrial Designer at Motorola Solutions

At Motorola Solutions, we create technologies our customers refer to as their lifeline. Our technology platforms in communications, software, video, and services help our customers work safely and more efficiently. Whether it’s helping firefighters see through smoke, enabling police officers to see around street corners, or reliably keeping the lights on in homes and businesses around the world, our work supports those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe. Bring your passion, potential, and talents to Motorola Solutions, and help us usher in a new era in public safety and security. 28Labs is the Chief Technology Office and innovation engine for Motorola Solutions. We are user-focused and outcome-driven, identifying problems and creating solutions based on research and engagement with our customers. Considering our customers’ unique “jobs to be done” is a foundational principle of 28Labs. Based on their needs, we create solutions by applying our experience in user experience and design, advanced wireless communications and solutions, cloud & mobile application architecture, cybersecurity, user & human factors research, imaging, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI).

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Product Designer at Tupperware Brands Corporation

Tupperware Brands Corporation (“Tupperware”) is a global company with headquarters in Orlando, Florida. Tupperware is one of the world’s leading direct sellers, supplying premium food storage, preparation and serving items to consumers in over 75 countries. The Designer will be part of a multidisciplinary team that develops the new Tupperware products that are distributed in the whole world. This development team is composed of young (average 29) and enthusiastic designers, engineers, and marketers. Our European development center is specialized in the development of the “kitchen preparation” part of the Tupperware product portfolio. Thus, the successful candidate can be expected to develop all sorts of kitchen accessories such as utensils, knives, cookware, manual food processor and so on. The designer will work in close cooperation with the local markets and the operation team on innovative solutions, which meet real customer needs and Tupperware’s high-quality standards.

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Industrial Designer Intern at Bosch Home Appliances

BSH Home Appliances Corporation Operating in the United States under the brands, Bosch, Thermador and Gaggenau, BSH Home Appliances Corporation is highly regarded as a market leader for innovation in home appliance technology. As an international group with over 12.2 billion in annual sales, we continually strive to engage our dedicated customers around the world through intelligent engineering, streamlined design and distinct ease of use. As the Industrial Design Intern, you will work closely with other designers on an array of real-world projects across all major categories and brands. You will be immersed in our creative process, with responsibilities including assisting the design team on current projects, performing competitor and trend studies, brainstorming future home appliance concepts, creating 2D sketches, 3D CAD, and renderings of products, building physical mock-ups and prototypes and presenting ideas to Marketing, Brand, and Engineering teams.

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Packaging Design Intern at Henkel

Henkel is the name behind well-known consumer and industrial brands including Schwarzkopf hair care, Dial soaps, Right Guard antiperspirants, professional hair care brand Sexy Hair, Persil, Purex, and all laundry detergents, Snuggle fabric softeners as well as Loctite, Technomelt and Bonderite adhesives. Our local business success is directly attributable to over 9,000 employees located in 70 facilities across the U.S. and Canada. We employ passionate, enthusiastic and innovative people and offer them an empowering, challenging work environment to make the best use of their talents and ambition. We want to be the best in everything we do. Our corporate culture is characterized by entrepreneurial thinking and continuous readiness for change. Innovations create real value for our customers. A commitment to sustainability has always been an important factor of our success. Workplace variety, which also becomes evident in the preferences, knowledge, and skills of our employees, is an important value and competitive advantage. That is why we support our employees in their individual development.

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Senior Industrial Designer at Hunter Fans

At Hunter, we’ve set the standard in quality and craftsmanship for more than 130 years. Sure, we invented the ceiling fan — but every day, we find new ways to perfect it. Innovation isn’t just a buzzword around here, it’s our challenge and our passion. We’re able to stay at the forefront of the industry, incorporating the very latest trends and technologies into our fans, then rigorously testing them beyond established standards to ensure a lifetime of whisper-quiet performance. The Senior Industrial Designer must be highly organized and self-motivated. Must be able to handle multiple ceiling fans and ceiling fan accessory designs, as well as, assist the Industrial Design Manager in the supervision of Junior Industrial Designers.

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