The past few years we have worked with universities across the United States to share our Psycho Aesthetics process and mentor the next generation of designers and business people. This past year has brought us to Savannah College of Art and Design, Auburn University, Cal State Long Beach, Rochester Institute of Technology, UCLA, and many more. These P/A workshops give students a glimpse into the process we have employed for our clients for almost forty years and provides them with a new set of tools that helps communication and concept development.
Designing for the Senses
Last week, our design research and strategist, Meghan spoke at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)’s Thought At Work Conference. This conference is organized by students and strives to function as a tool for young designers to advance their careers and thrive by bringing together 400 attendees with various design backgrounds.
Student Debt Service, Redefined
LoanGifting is a Fintech company helping serve the 45 million student loan debt borrowers get relief from their family members, friends, and employees. It was founded when the Chief Executive Officer of RKS design Ravi Sawhney, conducted an internal Psycho Aesthetics (also known as P/A) methodology workshop.
Judging the Annual Hollywood Entertainment & Technology Festival
On October 3rd, I was honored to be one of the esteemed judges at the annual Hollywood Entertainment & Technology Festival. I had a rare opportunity to get beyond the velvet ropes and into Hollywood’s legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. The main event took place at the famous Arclight Cinemas, which was a fitting space for so much talent.
Experiencing the International Design Conference, 2018
Previously IDSA’s International IDSA Conference, this new IDC experience was a touch of the usual with something new. As usual, this conference was full of great discussions and inspirational speakers. The IDSA Conference is still a venue that affords plenty of opportunities to network at parties in between the inspired talks.
Amazon Chooses RKS!
Recently, we were chosen by Amazon to solve one of their biggest challenges, sustainability!
3 Questions with Frank Tyneski, President of RKS
3 Questions with our new President; Frank Tyneski
Hi Frank! Welcome to RKS! To start, can you tell us about yourself and your past?
A Not so Prime Experience
“HEY IS THIS ZAK?”
“-HEAVY BREATHING- WHAT’S YOUR APARTMENT NUMBER?”
** FEELS UNEASY
RKS DESIGN 2017 Year In Review
RKS DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR 37TH YEAR. 100K Plus Miles travelled for research studies. 10,000 Plus Hours spent in the war rooms. 50 Plus happy clients. 20 Plus brands came to life
RKS's design for and investment in GameVice
Gamevice Closes $12.5M Series A
LOS ANGELES, PRNewswire -- Gamevice Inc. announces a US$12.5 million Series A co-led by TransLink Capital and California Technology Ventures (CTV). Other notables include BAM Ventures, TYLT Ventures, and Kevin Chou, the former CEO of Kabam and new Gamevice board member. Gamevice Inc. is the creator of an attachable gamepad controller that transforms smart devices into hyper-advanced mobile gaming consoles, currently available online and in the 490 Apple retail stores worldwide.
Innovio creates HIV Breakthrough
Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:INO) today announced that its HIV vaccine, PENNVAX®-GP, produced amongst the highest overall levels of immune response rates (cellular and humoral) ever demonstrated in a human study by an HIV vaccine. The vaccine candidate, PENNVAX-GP, consists of a combination of four HIV antigens designed to cover multiple global HIV strains and generate both an antibody (humoral) immune response as well as a T cell (cellular) immune response to both potentially prevent and treat HIV.
RKS’ Scott Clear Hosts the ID Category Foundation for Linkedin Learning/Lynda
Scott Clear RKS’ Chief Design & Innovation Officer recently began working with Linkedin’s Lynda.com and Linkedin.com/learning/ platform to establish the Industrial Design training section. The first section focuses on materials and the important role it plays on design and innovation. In the coming months Scott will be shooting on more topics related to Industrial Design. We are excited to work with the Lynda.com team to establish this section and look forward to updating everyone on launch dates. Stay tuned for more news and information as we start to target the launch of this new offering on Lynda.com
Its been five years since RKS identified that there was then an emerging student debt crisis. Today, almost 1.4 trillion dollars are owed with an average over $35,000 for over 40 million people who attended college and vocational schools (not all graduated). After a great Beta launch in which we saw great enthusiasm and gained many insights, we advanced every inch of the solution and have now re-launched our exciting New and Innovative Solution to Student Debt. This has been a tremendous effort of many friends and partners to help RKS incubate a new FinTech solution conceived in Psycho-Aesthetics, our 25 year old Design Thinking methodology (P/A). We hope to connect those with debt to their personal and professional networks so that people can fulfill their desire to help others, especially those who have put in the time and effort to advance themselves through education and deserve to live the lives they once dreamed of; www.loangifting.com
RKS develops an interactive user experience to get kids to take their medicine
The MediMixer is the first ever interactive children's medicine mixer and dispenser with a reward system attached; it solves a real life problem and even comes apart easily for fast washing! Working with entrepreneurs is always exciting for the team here at RKS. We fell in love with the concept of what two parents were doing for the rest of the world by taking their solution to their own family challenge and helping so many others. We were immediately impressed with their drive and passion combined with being collaborative wonderful people. The solution makes it enchanting for the kids, interactive for them to prepare their own medicine, game-ified for them to beat the sand timer and rewarding for them to receive tickets. Kids love it, parents love it; everyone's happy and healthy ! (Its up on Kickstarter now)
Infusing the Designers of Tomorrow with P/A
RKS had the pleasure for the sixth time of hosting a workshop for the top design students from CSULB. The relationship with began soon after Predictable Magic was published in 2010 when RKS founder, Ravi Sawhney appeared at a lecture series. Speaking on the experience of hosting workshops, Ravi said that, “Working with the brilliant minds that are the future of design, inspires us all. And, P/A teaches them how to insight, synthesize, plan, innovate, and execute.” RKS has collaborated with CSULB for years, and recently had the pleasure of teaching these students Psycho-Aesthetics, which is the methodology that is implemented on each project at RKS.
RKS Inspires Global Leaders
RKS welcomed a specialized group of global leaders from the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Italy this past week. These leaders were in Los Angeles to take part of the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s International Exchange program. These world class figures were representing 17 different countries, all wanting insight to the specific approach RKS has for each design and innovation. RKS takes great pride in hosting as many groups and individuals as possible in the intriguing world of design.
Design & Innovation is a Team Sport
RKS continues to push the boundaries of innovation, strategy, and design with its newest addition, Carl Fronhofer. Carl is the latest hire to the world class RKS team, taking on the role of Director of Operations. He will contribute to the RKS team and its clients using his unique background in team building and leadership skills.
RKS Designed FloWater Donates Solution to Rescue People of Flint
FloWater, makers of revolutionary and sustainable water Refill Stations, joined the relief efforts in Flint by donating eight units to locations throughout the city. FloWater Refill Stations, designed by world famous RKS, provide chilled, clean, 7x purified drinking water, while allowing users to utilize refillable canteens and bottles to eliminate plastic waste. This donation is the first sustainable, permanent solution of its kind that purifies and transforms tap water, regardless of its source.
A Voice for Innovation & Design
For decades, designers have been waiting and petitioning for a voice within politics. With their ability to use innovation and design thinking to make a huge positive impact and even change the world, designers have long deserved, and needed, a voice to educate policymakers. A voice is needed to fill the void in advocacy on behalf of innovation and technology. RKS CEO & Founder, Ravi Sawhney, accepted an invitation to be a member of TechNet, an exclusive advocacy group of CEOs and senior executives from 70 of America’s iconic innovation companies. Companies in TechNet include: Accenture, Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Cisco, Kleiner Perkins, Microsoft, Oracle, PayPal, SalesForce, eBay, Visa, Google, HP, Intuit, and his latest start-up LoanGifting just to name a few.
RKS Wins Silver Edison Award
The Edison Awards, celebrating 29 years of honoring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, announced today that LoanGifting, an RKS incubation, was voted a Silver Winner for innovation at the April 21st event at The Capitale in New York City. Ravi Sawhney, RKS CEO & Founder joined hundreds of senior executives from some of the world’s most recognized companies to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all of the 2016 Edison Award winners.
RKS Sessions Featuring Sonos
We hosted a captivating Spring RKS Session featuring guest speakers, Sonos Vice President of Design, Tad Toulis, and Senior UX Designer, Chris Bierbower. Their presentation and discussion was a huge success as new and experienced designers alike were given an inside look and new perspective on the creation of theSonos PLAY:5 smart speaker.
CSULB Lecture Series: Inspiring New Designers
RKS Chief Design & Innovation Officer, Scott Clear, had the honor of guest speaking at the Duncan Anderson Design Lecture Series at Cal State University Long Beach. The discussion titled “Unexpected Innovation Through Design Leadership” outlined how designers can positively interact with large corporations. A series of real life case studies showed how RKS designers have brought innovation to new markets that corporate partners did not even know or believe were possible. Involvement from design brings a new perspective that opens up new doors to huge opportunities. This unique approach shows that greater innovation can be achieved by the application of design.
Start-Up Kids: Encouraging Entrepreneurship from a Young Age
RKS led a workshop at Westlake Elementary School as a part of the Start-Up Kids enrichment program encouraging students to develop entrepreneurial mindsets. Cal Lutheran University Dean and long time RKS friend, Dr. Gerhard Apfelthaler, initiated this program fulfilling its mission that it is never too early to inspire. Stimulating independent thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills is vital at an elementary level as minds are best formed at a young age.
Giving Back to the Community: RKS Psycho-Aesthetic Workshops
RKS has had the incredible opportunity of hosting collaborative workshops for some of the top design programs and universities in California. Make in LA, Cal State University Long Beach, and Cal Lutheran University have all participated in recent RKS workshops, growing their design experience from the classroom to reality to ultimately focus their programs to be as directed and successful as possible. RKS has consistently offered workshops for several decades to involve as many groups and individuals as possible in the intriguing world of design.
RKS Continues to Expand Its World Class Team with Key Hire: Mike Elam
RKS has acquired its latest strategic hire as the firm continues to excel in innovation, strategy, and design. Mike Elam, the newest addition to the world class RKS team, takes on the role of Director of Product Development. This position encompasses innovation, interaction, design, design for manufacturing and prototyping in conjunction with external resources and vendors and the in house team of RKS experts.
Domus Academy School of Design Announces RKS' Scott Clear as a Board Member at Newschool
We are so excited that our very own Scott Clear, RKS’ Chief Design & Innovative Officer, has been appointed as a member of the Domus Academy School of Design Advisory Board. Scott has been working with Domus for over 1.5 years participating as their Subject Matter Expert (SME).
RKS Launches LoanGifting.com - Curing the Student Debt Epidemic
RKS Design has taken on one of the nation’s greatest challenges; addressing the 40 million people within the United States who carry over 1.2 trillion dollars in student loan debt.
Note to Designers: Forget Wearables, Tackle Senseables
Ravi Sawney, CEO of RKS, Calls on Designers to Think Next Stage of Personal Technology.
RKS Appoints New Chief Design and Innovation Officer
RKS is excited to announce Scott Clear as the new Chief Design and Innovation Officer.
The RKS team embraced “The Season of Giving” this year by participating in several worldwide events that focus on that idea exactly. From charitable donations, to collaborative workshops, to educational efforts; these events ranged from here in Los Angeles, to across the way in Chicago, to all the way in continent of Africa.
Romance and Innovation
When a couple of RKS team members downloaded the casual dating app, Tinder, the topic of online dating and the digital search for love spread through the office like wildfire.
RKS Honored with 3 Awards at Spark International Design Competition
The RKS team is proud to announce we have been recognized in the 2014 Spark International Design Competition with 3 awards!
Innovation in Africa
RKS completes a series of ethnographic research trips to Africa.
The Transformation of an Idea into Mass Success
Incase you missed it: Craig Hickman created Kid Pix; an iconic, easy-to-use paint program to encourage children to use the computer.
RKS Wins Big With a Total of 7 Winners and Finalists at the IDEA Competition
We are honored to be recognized with 2 IDEA Awards and 5 Finalists at the 2014 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).
Bringing the D-pad Configuration to Tablets
The long wait for true, console level gaming on a tablet is over. Thanks to the ongoing partnership between Wikipad and RKS, the Wikipad brand and technology continues to evolve in very exciting directions.
Designing Disruptive Innovations
Incase you missed it: RKS Sessions with Javier Verdura, Director of Product Design and Project Management for Tesla Motors.
Co-Creating a New Era in Fresh Food
RKS Joins Cross Campus in the Coworking Office Revolution
Coworking: the simple idea of independent professionals, or those with office flexibility, working together in a shared space under a set of shared values such as collaboration, openness, community, accessibility or sustainability.
Four Ways to Change the Fast Food Industry
Over the past decade the term foodie has become a badge of honor among many consumers, altering how Americans eat. Foodie culture has grown immensely and continues to influence the way in which Americans think about, talk about and, most importantly, identify with food.
What Gandhi (Yes, Gandhi) Taught Me About Design, Leadership, and Technology
RKS Explores the Art of Delighting Consumers with a Chocolate Artisan
RKS’ design team visited the workshop of Los-Angeles based chocolatier Mark Lewis to collect insights on how the Marco Paolo artisan truffles deliver magical experiences that delight the user. Design guru Ravi Sawhney has worked with Mark for years and his firm, RKS, developed the branding and packaging for his delicious creations.
7 Ways to Inject Playfulness Into Your App Design
The Art and Theater of Getting Creative
U.S. Innovation Can't Stay on Top Without Smart Government