RKS Explores the Art of Delighting Consumers with a Chocolate Artisan
RKS’ design team visited the workshop of Los-Angeles based chocolatier Mark Lewis to collect insights on how the Marco Paolo artisan truffles deliver magical experiences that delight the user.
Design guru Ravi Sawhney has worked with Mark for years and his firm, RKS, developed the branding and packaging for his delicious creations. “Mark found the use of our proprietary design methodology, Psycho-Aesthetics®, to be eye-opening in terms of understanding the market and thinking about his craft as business,” Ravi says. “And we soon realized that we had a lot to learn from him as well. Think about it: who better than chocolate artisans know how to create delightful experiences that appeal to all senses?”Read the full story
Congratulations Ravi Sawhney
RKS congratulates founder and CEO Ravi Sawhney on receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award from California State University, Northridge.
The ceremony, on Saturday, April 13th, was the opportunity for Ravi to reflect back on his path from studying industrial design at CSUN to founding and growing his own company. “We focused on the journey, not the destination. …That empowers students to do something great and not always stop and take inventory of what they are doing,” said Sawhney about his education at CSUN. “I’m very proud to be a product of an institution that provided that to me.”
(photo by Lee Choo)
Honoring our Design Heroes
RKS is honoring the fathers and mothers of design who set the stage for the work the firm is doing today. Charles and Ray Eames, Buckminster Fuller and Raymond Loewy, among others, will be featured on the Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages of the firm with a series of portraits, quotes, and image galleries. Look them up today and stay tuned every week for new content.
7 Ways to Inject Playfulness into Your App Design
While developing the app concept “Let’s Get Away,” the design team at RKS focused on features that would make vacation planning almost as exciting as the vacation itself. UX designer Nour Malaeb details how to create an app that is functional yet fun to use.Read More
CNBC Explores RKS’ Family-Friendly Air Travel Concept
Parents may find themselves wishing they could check-in their toddlers when it comes to travel. In the news flash Attention Parents! Finally, A Kid-Friendly Airline, CNBC's Sri Jegarajah explores the child-friendly concept airline by design firm RKS that promises a hassle-free journey.
In his interview, RKS CEO and founder Ravi Sawhney explains why airlines should embrace a more family-friendly travel experience offering: “Whoever reaches out to those families is going to find a huge bond with these consumers. It’s a simple thing: do something for someone’s children, and associate that with your brand… imagine what that means to people”.Click here to watch the video on CNBC.com
Ravi Sawhney to present the opening keynote for the Interaction13 conference by IxDA
CEO and founder of RKS Ravi Sawhney will be pronouncing the opening keynote of the Interaction13 conference organized by IxDA in Toronto, on January 28th, 2013. The opening keynote, titled Our power to empower: the satisfaction of designing for social impact, will address designers’ unique ability to reach beyond the borders of their own talents and capabilities.Read More
RKS Receives Six GOOD DESIGN™ Awards
RKS is honored to be recognized by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies for the excellence of its design work.
GOOD DESIGN™ is one of the oldest and most recognized awards worldwide; the 2012 edition rewarded six of RKS projects: Unity Home Theater, Wikipad, Marco Paolo Chocolates branding and packaging, KOR Delta Reusable Hydration Vessel, Hamilton T1 Ventilator and Life Technologies’ Ion Proton™ sequencer.
Ion Proton, #2 Innovation of 2012
Ion Proton, the DNA sequencer commercialized by Life Technologies, has just been awarded the second position in The Scientist’s Top 10 Innovation competition.
According to Andrew Mazar, managing director of the Center for Developmental Therapeutics (CDT) at Northwestern University, the revolutionary device “opens up all sorts of possibilities for interpretation of animal experiments, clinical trials, and the evaluation of new therapeutic interventions.”
RKS receives a Spark! award for break-through design in Healthcare
The RKS design team was awarded three awards from the Spark competition: a Spark! (the highest distinction) for the revolutionary benchtop DNA sequencer Ion Proton™, a bronze for the gaming tablet Wikipad and another bronze for the smart speakers Stagesource™ L3t
Fast Company echoes RKS’ vision of a family-friendly airline
Families are an overlooked minority of travelers and no airline provider has made a move to address their special needs,” Ravi says, interviewed by Linda Tischler "The population traveling with children is large, but the key is that by making it a pleasure instead of a terror, the market size will grow. A large carrier could start by developing a sub-brand for major travel routes.