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james arthur young design


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james arthur young design


industrial design · User Experience · Branding

James Arthur Young Design partners with companies to elevate their products, services, and user experiences.  Using our vast knowledge in product development, research, and engineering; we create user-centered solutions that exceed expectations for function, usability, and delight.

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i·Viz Trandsducers


Ultrasound small enough to fit in your pocket.

i·Viz Trandsducers


Ultrasound small enough to fit in your pocket.

A fine family of tranducers

Ultrasound transducers are a critical contact point for both the patient and operator.  Somosite's iViz proved particularly challenging with its added space constraints, a new thermal challenge, and an entirely different ergonomic profile than previous transducers.  The result, a beautiful family of ultrasound transducers that compliment the innovation, function, and usability of the main unit.  

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
— Steve Jobs
The details are not the details. They make the design.
— Charles Eames
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TouchMix 8·16


Sales shattering portable audio mixers.

TouchMix 8·16


Sales shattering portable audio mixers.

compact audio mixer for the digital age

QSC Audio came to us with an ambitious goal for their first audio mixer.  Design the world's most powerful, easy to use, compact digital mixer at a price point users couldn't resist.  Working with the electro-mechanical team in California, and the software development team in Canada, we developed the industrial design, user interface, and mobile apps for these revolutionary, sales shattering products.

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TouchMix 16

TouchMix 8

         iPad and iPhone interfaces

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Invi 3D


3D x HD Eyewear

Invi 3D


3D x HD Eyewear

3D eyewear that's a keeper

Invi 3D partnered with us to create a new type of eye wear for the emerging HDx3D Sports Broadcasting.  Drawing people in to bars and restaurants with a deeper visual experience is not easy when the glasses are uncomfortable and "dorky".  Our solution married comfort and style into an elegant and inexpensive solution.  

 
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Nice


Mobile accessories for our in-house brand, Nice, Inc.

Nice


Mobile accessories for our in-house brand, Nice, Inc.

Delightful Utility

In 2011 we launched our own brand of mobile accessories via a successful Kickstarter campaign.  Our goal was to raise $30k to tool and manufacture a locally made cable organizer for iPhones.  Our project beat out its funding campaign in 30 days and a hit product and new brand emerged.  We've been slowly adding projects when time permits.  Here are a few of our "characters".   

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Goldie

Goldie, our adorable goldfish, fits the US iPhone Charger.  Our best seller has been featured on the Today Show, in Parade Magazine, HGTV, and even Real Housewives of NY.  We couldn't be prouder to see this little fish swim in to design-centric stores like NY MOMA, Fab.com, and A+R.  P.S. - Goldie is huge in Japan!

 
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Snap

Snap wrangles earbuds.  His jaws close  around the bud portions of the phones protecting them from pocket gunk and other nasties.  Wrap the cables through his mouth to keep them tangle free.

Ink

Ink is our British lad.  This little squid wrangles cables around the UK iPhone charger.  His tentacles are perfect for tucking that last cable wrap.

Nibbles

Chomping up tangles for the Apple iPad charger is Nibbles.  We're not sure if he is a piranha or a shark, but no matter he's all fun anyway.  

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Cloud 9 

Cloud 9 is our playful take on charging docks.  Clouds drum up all kinds of metaphors for sleep, dreams, and living our lives across a vast global network - a.k.a. the "cloud".  

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Grip Grater


Versatile kitchen grater for Quirky.com

Grip Grater


Versatile kitchen grater for Quirky.com

The "Greater" grater

Crowd-sourced innovator Quirky.com challenged its inventor community to come up with an innovative kitchen product.  Our concept was chosen among hundreds of submissions.  Our three main goals for the "greater grater" were:

  • Easy to clean
  • Ability to grate over a bowl or pan
  • Minimize storage with a fold flat design
  • Replaceable blades

The result of our efforts was an extremely versatile product that fit many features previously spread across multiple products.  Watch the video below to learn more!

Innovative handle allows for grating over a 
Innovate side handles swing out to make cleaning easy.  
Grate directly into a bowl, for less mess.
A variety of grating and slicing options pop-in or out to fit your task.
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PadPivot


iPad stand for lap or desk

PadPivot


iPad stand for lap or desk

from kickstarter to best buy

PadPivot is a portable lap and desk stand for iPads and tablets that I developed with inventor and friend Bernie Graham.  We launched the Kickstarter in January 2011 after building prototypes and communicating over Skype all summer.  I spent most of my winter break creating the pitch video with the intent of raising at least $10k to keep the project going.  The campaign ended up being a run-away hit, raising nearly $200k thanks to big features on tech blogs like Engadget and TechCrunch.

PadPivot hits the shelves of BestBuy as a Rocketfish brand product.

PadPivot hits the shelves of BestBuy as a Rocketfish brand product.

Bernie ultimately decided to partner with Best Buy and that following fall we saw our little passion project in advertising circulars and holiday shelves. It was a tremendous experience coupled with a lot of hard work managing the campaign, fulfillment, and media.  It was a labor of love that exceeded all our expectations and planted the seeds for Nice, Inc.  

 
Nearly $200k and 4800 plus backers, not bad for a grass-roots campaign!

Nearly $200k and 4800 plus backers, not bad for a grass-roots campaign!