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IDEO, a design and innovation consulting firm, applies a “design-based,” human-centric approach to their projects. Their New York City headquarters is an incubator for inspiration and design testing. 

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For Studio 360’s redesign challenge, IDEO was asked to bring joy to the least pleasant day of the week: Monday. This inspiration board includes sketches and concepts for three devices that create a sense of play.

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A prototype in process. These materials will become part of IDEO’s app, Sincerely.

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Sincerely is an app that encourages users to express and receive gratitude in a habitual, playful, and surprising way. One user can record an audio message using the app…

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…and a second user can receive a message of thanks in their tin-can-phone-inspired speaker. The rubber tail receives the message and wags. 

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IDEO’s second joyful solution is a twist on your dreaded alarm clock. The Lolzzz Clock rings with a custom sound: the giggle of a child. It even has a “tickle” function that causes the device to laugh even louder. 

 

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IDEO’s final method to bring Mondays joy is a new type of calendar. The PopUp app includes your existing appointments that float around like bubbles. When you touch one on screen, Notify highlights the potential joy for each event –– like a scenic detour nearby, or a new person you will meet. At the end of the day, you pop each bubble.  

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The PopUp app comes with a piece of hardware: the Notifly. When the app anticipates an appointment, the Notifly releases a bubble. 

Making Mondays Joyful

Mondays are the worst. That’s why we gave the most unlovable day of the week a loving redesign.