The New Status “Cymbal” of Good Design: Drummers

A recent compilation of scientific studies shows that drummers are particularly amazing at solving problems, given a mental tie between intelligence and good timing. Maintaining a good rhythm, according to the studies, improves the brain’s cognitive function. What we glean from this for design: Move over design unicorns, we want design drummers — having a designer who […]

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Catalyst and Jefferson Partner for the Redesign of Jefferson.edu

Catalyst is proud and excited to congratulate Jefferson on the launch of its suite of both redesigned and newly designed sites, which includes: The Jefferson enterprise site (jefferson.edu) The Thomas Jefferson University site (jefferson.edu/university), The Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals site (hospitals.jefferson.edu), The Jefferson Physicians site (http://physicians.jefferson.edu/), The Jefferson Philanthropy site (http://connect.jefferson.edu/s/1399/start.aspx), and The Jefferson Innovation site […]

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Book Release: ‘The Encyclopedia of Humor Studies’

Here at Catalyst, we pride ourselves on having a community of diverse opinions and perspectives. Often, our practitioners will bring their unique viewpoints and experiences that stem from their personal interests to the projects we work on. Recently, Catalyte and UX Designer Chelsey Delaney had the opportunity to combine two of her passions, humor and […]

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Whataburger (and External Architecture in Service Design)

Interaction designers know that (information) architecture can make or break an experience. But, when we look outside at the businesses and services we use on a daily basis, we see that architecture — particularly the external architecture of buildings — is beginning to play less and less of a role in contributing to the infrastructural […]

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An Auto Mechanic Walks Into a Bar…

Creativity and design inspiration often come from unexpected places. This is certainly the case for Jorge Odon, the Argentine car mechanic who created a device to assist the delivery of babies who become stuck in the birth canal during delivery. Odon built his first prototype using a glass jar as a womb, his daughter’s doll […]

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Give Me Back My Cheese Curds

This past weekend my family and I ate at one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. The visit was inspired by my daughter’s craving for one of the place’s signature dishes: fried cheese curds. (Don’t judge, you love deep-fried cheese, too.) Sadly, the curds had been recently removed from the menu. The waiter wearily explained that […]

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Crosswalk Light Tutorial

I was in the town of Manhasset on Long Island a couple of weekends ago and noticed this crosswalk light tutorial affixed to a pole. My reaction was very similar to the eye-rolling I do while reading the “Do Not Eat” warning labels found on recently extracted silica packets. Crosswalk signs have been around since the […]

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Coffee Sleeves: Good Design Simplifies Life

Happy Monday! While you’re enjoying your morning cup of joe (we at Catalyst certainly are) consider this: At its core, good design should make your life easier. Some of the best design accomplishments have eliminated problems that we now don’t even recognize.   Imagine ordering a cup of coffee at your local café and rushing […]

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