DESIGN POWERED BY DATA

Our aim is to assist our clients in improving quality of life and user experience across physical and digital platforms. As a research and design consultancy, we incorporate data into the decision, policy making and design processes through analysis, visualization, actual programming and design. We connect the dots operating at various platforms; public to private, and digital to physical, making concrete connections to spearhead positive and effective change.
UDD's "NYELI" at NYCxDESIGN / Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

UDD’s “NYELI” at NYCxDESIGN / Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

UDD has been selected to exhibit its ongoing work for the redesign of the NYC Public School lunch trays at NYCxDESIGN, May 10-21 2013.  The brainchild of City Council Speaker and Mayoral Candidate Christine C. Quinn’s office NYCxDESIGN is

Strategic Design: Africa 101

Strategic Design: Africa 101

Emerging markets have been hailed as the future of a global economy. This is in part an effort to extend US economic growth to wherever it may lie.  In the case of my most recent discussions, Africa is that enormous …

Energy Crisis Gaming

Energy Crisis Gaming

The prophecy of our current energy crisis is in many respects old news.  You may recall Jimmy Carter’s 1977 plea to the american public http://bit.ly/YLYgK  then interpreted as a tedious history lesson. The tone of the speech was indeed somber …

Why Detroit Matters

Why Detroit Matters

This week at UDD we’ve been confronted with that nagging design question,  is North America lagging behind the rest of world in its ability to address pressing problems creatively?  The history of design, as our unnamed colleague put it, as
Re.Vision Dallas

Re.Vision Dallas

How can data support the creation and predict the sustainability of a new Zero Carbon neighborhood comprised of 500 new units of housing, schools, retail, community services, parks, car sharing and parking? Working with R+L Architects, this award winning design …

Smarter Chinatown Tourism NYC 2011

Smarter Chinatown Tourism NYC 2011

The amalgamation of things that makes Chinatown, well Chinatown, are as diverse as the people who set out daily through its maze of streets, offerings and unique experiences. Beset amongst a backdrop of sales people hawking goods, classic tenement buildings, …

The Return of the Follies: World Expo 2020

The Return of the Follies: World Expo 2020

NYC thanks to Mayor Bloomberg and Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan has made great strides in providing much needed and improved public space; the Hudson River and Riverside parks, arterial bike paths throughout the city, and urban plazas crafted …

Bowery Buffer

Bowery Buffer

The Bowery Buffer tackles a notoriously dangerous street crossing connecting Eastern and Western sections of Chinatown.…

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Up Next? Quantified Communities

Up Next? Quantified Communities

Following a great UDD team effort and the DESIGNxNYC exhibition of NYELI (our data driven re-design of a NYC Public School Tray Alternative) we’ ve come to realize how particular communities like a typical NYC Public School record, measure and …

MTA Pay Close Attention:  Virtual Grocery Lets Koreans Browse Grocery Aisles While Waiting for the Subway

MTA Pay Close Attention: Virtual Grocery Lets Koreans Browse Grocery Aisles While Waiting for the Subway

We’ re not sure why we have not heard about more progressive strategies by the MTA to generate revenue with out raising fares and cutting service.  As a NY’er and regular commuter minus my biking days I personally am vexed …

UDD accepted into the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program

To begin 2013 we’re excited to have been accepted into the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program.  Through the program, UDD will now have access to a global network of smart, diverse, and progressive entrepreneurs tackling problems and creating new platforms and …

UDD  Urban Water Hacking + Innovative Devices

UDD Urban Water Hacking + Innovative Devices

UDD participated in a collective Water Hackathon at the Parson Design and Technology Lab, hosted by Internet of Things and Ushahidi.  The goal put our collective minds together and hack a robust low-cost water quality monitoring device. We worked with …

UDD + Partners considered for Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Grant

UDD + Partners considered for Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Grant

UDD and partners, Gaia Institute, Green Map and NYC Soil & Water Conservation District have been selected from over 400 applications for consideration of a Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Grant.  Without question we are excited about our project.  In short …

Water Now!

Water Now!

Weeks of Collaboration and Wonderful Minds at Work.

UDD and our partners, Green Maps, NYC Soil & Water Conservation and Gaia Institute are excited about our combined effort to research waterfront accessibility in underserved communities. 

How Data Makes Life Easier For People In London

How Data Makes Life Easier For People In London

Governments do it, cities do it too: Open Data is a way to put information to work that has been hidden in databases before. The London Datastore is a good example.…

NYC Road Map for the Digital City

NYC Road Map for the Digital City

NYC releases its Digital Road Map.  The Smart NY City awaits…

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New York City runs the most advanced municipal Open Data initiative on the globe, with over 350 government data sets that serve as the backbone for independently

Visual.ly

Visual.ly

Visual.lyThe world’s largest community for exploring, sharing, creating, and promoting data visualizations.…

Newark Renewing Naturally

Newark Renewing Naturally

Strategy: Implement Environmentally Smart Beacons which newly symbolize Newark’s history, growth and promise as a modern city, diverse, eco conscious, and dedicated toward advancement.…

New, Real-Time Traffic Management System To Reduce Congestion In Midtown Manhattan

New, Real-Time Traffic Management System To Reduce Congestion In Midtown Manhattan

Cameras, Microwave Motion Sensors and E-ZPass Readers Provide Real-Time Information Used in Wireless Adjustments to Traffic Signals Wireless System Made Possible Through the Investment in the City’s High-Speed, Mobile Data Network – NYCWiN…

Urbanflow Helsinki

Urbanflow Helsinki

 

Urbanflow, a joint effort of Nordkapp.fi and Urbanscale.org envisions an operating system for cities. The scenario explored in the video revolves around situated urban screens and their potential uses.…