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Ekos Control Unit 4.0


Designing Lifesaving Technology for EKOS®

Designing medical products isn’t just an expertise at Tactile, it’s a specialty—we love being a part of making an impact on lifesaving tools. Our partners at EKOS® received US FDA approval in February 2017 for one of their newest products, the EKOS Control Unit 4.0. The EKOS Control Unit 4.0 provides the power to the EKOS System’s ultrasonic core device that uses acoustic pulses to efficiently and safely dissolve blood clots and restore blood flow in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE). Looking to refresh their PE treatment device, EKOS enlisted Tactile to redesign EKOS Control Unit 4.0, the user interface, and the system’s packaging. Learn more about the project here.
Tektronix 5 Series MSO


Tektronix Releases the 5 Series MSO

It’s finally here! Last week our friends at Tektronix released their newest oscilloscope—the 5 Series MSO. With multiple patent-pending design elements, the 5 Series MSO features a 15.6-inch HD pinch-zoom-swipe touchscreen offering a revolutionary experience. The 5 Series MSO is the next-generation oscilloscope in observing and measuring complex electrical data. Learn more about the 5 Series MSO here. We’re so proud to be a part of an incredible collaboration. Congrats Tektronix!
Tactile + Witekio


A Growing Partnership

At the core of our work are the strong relationships we develop with our clients. It’s truly the epicenter. And sometimes we even get the privilege to work with other great partners to bring more expert knowledge and skills to the table. Witekio has been just that partner for us. Witekio is an embedded software expert that provides custom services for software development, integration, design, support, and training for any device from the hardware to the cloud. Tactile worked with Witekio on both Cerevast Neurosonx™ SR and EAWmosaic™ Mobile App projects—bringing the wireframing and visual design to life. We look forward to working with Witekio on future projects.


Tactile Sponsors UW Awards Event

Last month Tactile was honored to sponsor the UW School of Art + Art History + Design’s first Anne Focke Arts Leadership Award event. It was a memorable evening honoring the 2017 award winner Beth Sellars, learning about the School’s recent projects, and raising over $62K to provide funding for their graduate students. The Anne Focke Arts Leadership Award recognizes individuals who pave the way for art, art history, and design to enliven and strengthen the community through their visionary and active leadership. Congratulations to the award winner, Beth Sellars!
Shift Labs, DripAssist, Tactile, Industrial Design, Interaction Design, Prototyping


Popular Science Honors The DripAssist

At Tactile relationships matter most to us. Last year our close collaboration with Shift Labs resulted in designing the DripAssist. The DripAssist improves the accuracy of IV medication administration with simple-to-use read measurements. An innovation to help shape the future, the DripAssist was thoughtfully designed in line with Shift Labs’ mission to provide well-designed medical devices for fast-growing healthcare sectors, everywhere from specialty health care in the US to clinical care in emerging markets. Winner of a 2015 IDEA Silver Award, the DripAssist recently was honored in Popular Science’s 2016 Best of What’s New in Health Innovations. Congratulations to our friends at Shift Labs!  
Tactile Halloween 2016, Tactile, Halloween, Design



It’s almost here! Tactile’s 8th annual Halloween party is October 29 in South Lake Union. It’s an event to remember where the Seattle design community and friends come together to celebrate the scariest night of the year. Hope to see you there! Email us for more details.
Industrial Design, Interaction Design, Seattle, Tactile


New Hires

As Tactile has grown, our team has expanded to accommodate new projects and deepening relationships with partner clients. We recently brought on two new additions to the team: Christoffer Hart, user experience (UX) designer, and Taylor Thomas, industrial designer. Christoffer adds support to our growing UX team. “The marriage between industrial and UX design is one of the reasons why I came here,” Christoffer says. “To a certain extent, the disciplines merge in many ways. The benefit is a different form of empathy you create for the user. I think those two varying perspectives on the same thing is really valuable. You get really amazing projects out of that.” Taylor is looking forward to working on projects that rely on deeply understanding both the client and consumer: “It gets me really excited about it to think about the fact that I could be working on something that’s actually going to make a change. I came from … a product development firm, but a very different environment,” she says. “They’re about 30 engineers and three designers. I’m really excited to be in this environment—to be back in a place that just lives and breathes design. It’s exciting, it’s exhilarating.”
Shift Labs, DripAssist, Tactile, Design


Into Gear

Our friends at Shift Labs are going places: Tech Crunch reported that Shift has officially launched out of the venerable Y Combinator this Spring as “the Nest of medical devices.” Tactile collaborated with Beth, Koji and the founding team on the DripAssist infusion pump last year, and we’re excited to see them continue to disrupt the medical device model within emerging markets.


Design Fest Discourse

We’re thrilled to announce Part II of our Convergence panel series. “Convergence II: Where Physical & Interactive Design Meet” will take place on Thursday, September 17, 2014 at Impact Hub Seattle as part of the Seattle Design Festival. We’ll bring together industrial and UX designers, architects, urban planners and more to explore the challenges and opportunities of designing for every type of space. Register for this free event—with a deconstructed panel format—at and tell your friends and colleagues! We’ll see you in September.
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