Apple expects to sell 5 million to 6 million iPhones worldwide this weekend!

From Mashable – Analysts believe Apple may sell more iPhones during launch weekend this year than in 2012, but not by much.

Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray, expects Apple to sell 5 million to 6 million iPhones worldwide through Sunday, according to an investor note obtained by Mashable. Munster expects that Apple will sell about 2.5 million iPhone 5S devices and about 3 million iPhone 5C devices, with pre-orders accounting for 1 million of the latter.

“We believe that Apple will likely sell all of the 5Ses they will produce for launch weekend,” Munster wrote in the note. “Based on Apple not taking online pre-orders for the 5S, which we believe was to avoid customers immediately seeing delivery times for 2+ weeks out, we believe the 5S is more production-constrained than the iPhone 5 was at launch, likely due to the addition of the finger print technology.”


Apple’s iOS7 Released

As you might already know given the massive global coverage, Apple released a new Operating System (OS) for its mobile products yesterday. iOS7 has a new look with the theme’s design led by Jonathon Ive, the SVP for Design.

The former glossy, brash and textured themes have been replaced by a minimal sallow pastel look with ultra thin Sans Serif Font.

A number of the big social networks and apps have already developed their themes to maximise the new OS and here is a list of the best twenty apps.

Here is a picture of Soundwave’s App – which is going down a storm in the App store. Brendan O’Driscoll said the team at the digital start-up, which is now based in the ‘Silicon Docks’ area of Dublin City (Soundwave is just around the corner from the Google, Facebook and Linkedin) is “really excited” about being listed  again on the worldwide App Store as they sought to refresh the Soundwave design theme with a more “simple and colourful look.”

The Medical Breakthrough Nobody’s Talking About

We came across this piece by Toby Cosgove about the transformational impact of designing Healthcare services and we wanted to share it.

Service Design has been delivering transformation in healthcare using design processes that have been pioneered in the UK. Here at Factotum we’ve been evangelising Service Design since 2006. We use holistic approaches to transform service ecologies and their touchpoints by finding where the pain points are located in complex service systems. We use proven methods and techniques to research, design, prototype and test services (Yes you can prototype services!) and we endeavour to deliver great experiences for stakeholders. To find out more about Service Design we recommend the Design Council’s Guide to Service Design on their website or contact us for an informal chat.

“The latest medical breakthrough hasn’t gotten much press, but it’s changing medicine even as we speak. It’s the dawning realization that healthcare is not about how many patients you can see, how many tests and procedures you can order, or how much you can charge for these things. The breakthrough is the understanding that healthcare is a value proposition, which means getting patients the right care, at the right time, in the right place. It’s a matter of focusing on outcomes and cost, so that more Americans will start getting what they pay for in healthcare dollars.” Read the article here on LinkedIn


SCAD Students in China – West Goes East

While Pete Fossick, Factotum’s Principal Designer and Director was a professor at SCAD he arranged for two study trips to China. With 15 students and colleagues they visited design studios, consultancies, OEM, ODM and OBM firms as well as large and small factories manufacturing everything from smartphone cases to high-tech consumer products.

This was part of Peter’s approach to immersive, collaborative and project-based teaching as he was preparing students for professional and commercial practice.

Students spent time in Hong Kong and China where they presented a range of advanced project work to industrial sponsors and partners.

Some of the students were awarded internships  and all the students secured premium design positions upon graduating.

Take a look at the video here – it was part of their project submission.

SCAD is Savannah College of Art & Design and is one of the USA’s leading universities for art and design education with campus sites in Altanta, Savannah, Lacoste (FR) and Hong Kong (PRC). Find out more about SCAD here.

Photo Credit: A. Brodowski et al


Larry Keeley’s Ten Types of Innovation

Here at Factotum we are big fans of the Doblin Group and Larry Keeley. Larry et al have updated and revised their successful book – The Ten Types of innovation. It’s a must have for all designers, executives and and academics that are interested in innovation methodologies. Here’s how Larry and his team describe their methods:

“Successful innovators analyze the patterns of innovation in their industry. Then they make conscious, considered choices to innovate in different ways.

Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs is the culmination of thirty years of analysis and research. The innovation framework was built around a seminal Doblin discovery, that there are ten distinct types of innovation that need to be orchestrated with care to make game-changing innovations.

We wrote this book to address how you can think about innovating effectively; how you can work to get the future to show up just slightly ahead of its regularly scheduled arrival; and how you can ensure your teams are equipped with the robust methods they need to succeed.” – Source: The Doblin Group

Get the book – Ten Types of Innovation