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.
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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'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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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
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. 

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, …