Your Leading Design Consultancies and Design Rich Companies?

18 Sep 2007 - 6:22pm
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Marcus I
2007

What are your top five user experience design consultancies / design rich companies? Not necessarily in any order and from an ID background perspective: 1. frog design 2. Apple 3. IDEO 4. Fitch 5. Yahoo! Enjoy,Marcus Imarcus-i-design AT hotmail

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18 Sep 2007 - 7:28pm
SemanticWill
2007

1. IDEO
2. FROG
3. Apple (even if they are often bad, break rules, and generally do bad
things re: respect for the user - they still care a lot)
4. Google
5. Digitas
..........

Razorfish, Sapient, IXL, Zentropy Partners, used to do great work when they
were bigtime.

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> What are your top five user experience design consultancies / design rich
> companies? Not necessarily in any order and from an ID background
> perspective: 1. frog design 2. Apple 3. IDEO 4. Fitch
> 5. Yahoo! Enjoy,Marcus Imarcus-i-design AT hotmail
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18 Sep 2007 - 8:47pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Apple
IDEO
Philips
BBC
frog/ziba/design continuum (all in a tie)

honorable mentions:
Samsung
Google
Cooper
Whirlpool
Nokia

I would have to remove any company that focuses on marketing or
advertising more than product design. In my mind advertising by its
very nature is antithetical to human-centeredness

I tried to think outside the 50 states, but lack of exposure to many
non-US companies makes that difficult. (I apologize, but would love
to hear from those who are outside the US.)

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18 Sep 2007 - 9:32pm
dmitryn
2004

Doesn't this exclude Google by definition? ;)

Dmitry

> I would have to remove any company that focuses on marketing or
> advertising more than product design. In my mind advertising by its
> very nature is antithetical to human-centeredness

18 Sep 2007 - 9:54pm
Dave Malouf
2005

I never understood the distinction of a feature company vs. a product company.

(Yes, I know you are referring to them as a media/adveritising
platform!) ... 8-)

- dave

On 9/18/07, Dmitry Nekrasovski <mail.dmitry at gmail.com> wrote:
> Doesn't this exclude Google by definition? ;)
>
> Dmitry
>
> > I would have to remove any company that focuses on marketing or
> > advertising more than product design. In my mind advertising by its
> > very nature is antithetical to human-centeredness
>

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19 Sep 2007 - 5:17am
Jarod Tang
2007

If you really see some google's project works, you'll have different
opinion, ;-)

Cheers
-- Jarod

On Tue, 18 Sep 2007 18:47:55, David Malouf <dave at ixda.org> wrote:
>
> Apple
> IDEO
> Philips
> BBC
> frog/ziba/design continuum (all in a tie)
>
> honorable mentions:
> Samsung
> Google
> Cooper
> Whirlpool
> Nokia
>
> I would have to remove any company that focuses on marketing or
> advertising more than product design. In my mind advertising by its
> very nature is antithetical to human-centeredness
>
> I tried to think outside the 50 states, but lack of exposure to many
> non-US companies makes that difficult. (I apologize, but would love
> to hear from those who are outside the US.)
>
>
>
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20 Sep 2007 - 11:20pm
Marcus I
2007

It's been a few days since the last post, so I would like to ask the
follow up question.

I think I would exclude 'feature / media / advertising' companies
because the work is freely distributed as opposed to consumed.
Trained as an industrial designer, i.e. a producer of end products,
part of my job was to communicate purpose and create desire but more
specifically, I was tasked with making people's lives easier. I
don't believe this is a greater end goal, however, it is different
than creating desire and communicating purpose alone.

QUESTION: Why are the aforementioned product design companies good?

For me frog and their designers have always been able to look at a
problem and created a heartfelt elegant solution for troubled
companies. Fitch has been %u2018thinking persons%u2019 sort of
design. Moreover, IDEO merged the valley zeal and enthusiasm into
bleeding edge designs, and Yahoo! has spawned and reached outward
along the digital-scape and invited designers along via things such
as their patterns libraries.

And please, if you work for any of these companies or think your
company should be top rated, please let us know what makes your
company%u2019s way of doing things great.

I am hoping this will feed back into the %u2018designer%u2019s
Zen%u2019 article%u2026

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