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Funding for Early-Stage Design

Design Foundations is a new £3m grant funding programme from Innovate UK to help businesses identify innovation opportunities and generate better propositions for desirable, useful and feasible products, services and business models.

The aim is to build collaborations between businesses looking for new ways to innovate, and designers with the creative tools to provide this insight. It means using design interventions to address critical business challenges such as:

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Our Top 5 NFC Applications

Contactless payment has gained popularity in recent years allowing users to quickly pay for items without the inconvenience of waiting to enter a pin. These cards use both Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) and Near Field Communication (NFC), which allows users to interact with other people and objects in the world around them. As the name suggests, this is accomplished by placing devices near to each other and using radio waves to communicate. This technology evolved from RFID, a process that involves a micro-transaction of data between a tag and a reader, allowing the technology greater flexibility as it can be utilised in many more ways; from syncing to a speaker or even buying a morning coffee. Read more

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Finalists at Monmouthshire Business Awards

This month, ITERATE were finalists in two categories at the Monmouthshire Business Awards (MBAs): ‘Excellence in Technology Innovation’ and ‘Innovation in Business’. The MBAs recognise business excellence across the county; culminating with a Gala Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.

A total of thirty businesses making the shortlists ranged from a rural village store, a vineyard on the slopes of the Black Mountains and a registered childcare provider to large established hotels, a transportation company and a property maintenance enterprise – reflecting the diversity and variety of firms within Monmouthshire’s business community.   Read more

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ITERATE Welcomes Ross Johnson

Ross Johnson joins the team at ITERATE Design + Innovation on the Jobs Growth Wales (JGW) programme. The Welsh Government has recently secured £25m of European funding to enable 16-24 year olds to kick-start their career, which  is intended to support the creation of 8,955 new job opportunities over the next 3 years.

Ross joins the team after previously studying a BA in Industrial Product Design and an MA in Product Design and Innovation. Even though Ross is a recent graduate from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), he has expert knowledge of innovation management and creative thinking processes. Read more

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How Wearable Tech Could Influence Medical Services

‘Wearables’ have exploded over the last 10 years with many companies realising success by integrating off-the-shelf technologies in to their service or product range. These have tended to focus on monitoring personal health and wellbeing; however, wearable technologies could solve many of the problems that currently existing within the public health sector. Read more

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My Internship with ITERATE

In April, I started work as a Junior Design Engineer at ITERATE Design + Innovation in order to complete a 5 month industrial placement. This is part of the MSc in Advanced Product Design that I am currently studying at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

At the beginning of the internship, I attended a number of networking events where I had the opportunity to introduce myself and explain my role as a Product Designer. This helped me develop my confidence by talking in front of a large group of people in English, as French is my first language.

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So, you didn’t think you were creative?

As a leading product design agency, we work closely with clients to solve their problems. Our clients are often experts within their field but lack the ability to view existing challenges from an alternative perspective. This isn’t because they lack creativity, but simply because we all get stuck in a rut from time to time, with the repetitive nature of everyday work-life keeping a tight hold on us and our ideas. Read more

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ITERATE Support Group-Muv at CES 2016

This month we supported our client, Group-Muv, at the 4 day Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, which ran 6th – 9th January. Over 3,600 businesses and 170,000 delegates attended the event that spanned 2.4 million square feet across venues that included: the Las Vegas Convention Center; the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino; and the Sands Expo & Convention Center. CES is a leading annual technology event that allows businesses from all over the world to showcase the latest consumer innovations.

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Collaboration: the Key to Innovation

Collaboration in the workplace is not just about employees working together as a team. Collaboration between company founders is also an important part of today’s business environment, and it can involve two or more companies reaching out and coming together to make something that is stronger and better than ever before. Collaboration is generally seen as two companies working together, but in the case of Intel-Microsoft-Cisco, three companies have successfully come together to make their mark in the tech sector. Read more

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Junior Design Engineer? We are Hiring!

ITERATE are currently on the hunt for a Junior Design Engineer / Product Designer to join our small but passionate team of design entrepreneurs. The 6 month position is offered under the Jobs Growth Wales programme; enabling the successful applicant to become involved in development of new products from concept to manufacturing implementation. Read more