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.
Urban Data Design
WRONG X DESIGN

WRONG X DESIGN

Wrong by Design

While working with colleagues Azu and Ilya in Barcelona on an on-going project with school children and food we revisited a strategy to continue to creatively misalign specific ideas with a set of broad problems centered around …

UDD's Shawn Rickenbacker speaks at CityAge || Build the Future

UDD’s Shawn Rickenbacker speaks at CityAge || Build the Future

CityAge || Build the Future,  is a platform for ideas and business development, designed to enable new partnerships among the business, government and societal leaders who are shaping the 21st Century.  Taking place in Waterloo, Ontario ranked 16th amongst …

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 …

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

Enrich, Inspire, Envision, Build

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...

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. 

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…

An excerpt:

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.…