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The future of instructions for use

The future of instructions for use

Tailoring content around user learning styles

As individuals we all approach, interact and retain information in unique ways. Despite an almost infinite number of individual preferences over how we receive information, there are three distinct groups that can generally help categorise and identify how someone naturally processes information.   Visual learners prefer to observe and look over information...

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KTN Break Through Innovation

KTN Break Through Innovation

Insights from the day

KTN Innovation Conference - 2018 We recently attended Break Through Innovation, a day-long conference hosted by KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network) Design and Innovation Effectiveness team, to learn and to share experiences with designers and entrepreneurs of how collaboration can help deliver products to market effectively. It’s increasingly understood...

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Meet the team - Ben

Meet the team - Ben

Finding your feet as an electronics engineer

Job Title: Graduate Electronics Engineer   Degree background & University:   I studied Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath with a year in industry. My placement year was spent in an automotive electronics company; I enjoyed the challenge but found it difficult to thrive in such a large company. Upon returning...

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Capturing high-quality user insights

Capturing high-quality user insights

Applying our analytical approach to research

Designing products that not only perform well but that also delight the people who use them every day requires frequent testing with real users and specialists. As we continue to invest in equipment and facilities that allow us to develop intelligent and beautiful solutions to complex technical briefs, we've also invested in facilities to help us gather richer...

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Prototyping Human-Machine Interfaces

Prototyping Human-Machine Interfaces

Applying UX methods to product design

Prototyping is crucial to the way that we approach projects at Crux; we fail fast, learn quickly and incrementally improve a design until it looks and works beautifully. We'll prototype surface models to understand how an object looks in it's intended environment, while at the same time design rigs that allow us to understand, test and...

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Making All The Right Noises

Making All The Right Noises

Crux discuss simulation of device acoustics

The acoustic performance of a product can be vital. In consumer goods, the sound of a click or snap can be the difference between perceptions of high-quality and cheap. In medical devices audible feedback is often a requirement to reinforce patient actions and indicate, for example, the completion of drug delivery.   Traditionally device acoustics have...

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