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Cathal Loughnane

Creative Director

Cathal Loughnane is a Creative Director with Design Partners, a leading Irish strategic product design consultancy. He studied Industrial Design at Carlow IT and the National College of Art & Design, Dublin and has played a core role in developing Design Partners' unique approach to industrial design, merging craft techniques with advanced computer-aided technology. His consulting work with a broad spectrum of global brands has been recognised internationally by Red Dot and Industrie Forum in Germany and Good Design in the U.S.A. and Japan.

Cormac Ó Conaire

Creative Director

Cormac Ó Conaire is Creative Director & Partner at Design Partners. With a focus on designing future product experiences, he has designed several world best-selling products in partnership with his clients. Cormac has received over 50 international accolades in industrial, interaction, digital and strategic design.


CES 2018

Design Partners will be discussing the 7 Design Principles for Connected Living further at CES 2018. Find us at Booth #60108 at Tech East. Go to the Renaissance Las Vegas entrance of the South Plaza to find us at the Design & Source Showcase.

Principle 3. Technology woven into the fabric of our lives

We’re moving rapidly towards the self-aware home. A home that works to protect the family and create an optimised and personalised environment for all who live within. A home where the family can come and go at a moment’s notice, without concern over whether they’ve managed the security system, turned off the cooker, set the timer on the hot water etc. A home that welcomes you to a warm and comfortably lit environment. A home that optimises efficiency to your preferences and does so with minimal distraction to you. A healthy home where air quality is managed for you and the environment adjusts automatically to provide a good night sleep.

What all this ultimately means is smart home technology will disappear into the background of our lives. Working to serve people’s needs to create safe, comfortable and healthy environments to live in. Consider how to make your technology invisible. How can it be woven into the fabric of our lives? Focus on the ultimate experience and the benefits you can seamlessly provide to people’s lives and start building an innovation roadmap, based on that goal, to get you to there.


Translating emerging technologies into meaningful innovations

This is part of a blog series of 7 design principles Design Partners have developed for creating new product experiences for the smart home and for connected living. The overarching theme of the series is how design can translate emerging technologies into meaningful innovations. The principles were first presented at the European Smart Homes Conference, London.

Click here for design principle one.

Click here for design principle two.

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