Creative studio based in Boston

Data Meets Design

Ames is the technical launch partner for two COVID-19 relief initiatives:

 Off Their Plate is restoring wages to restaurant workers while providing meals to frontline workers. OTP partnered with Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen. In two months, the team raised $5.4 million to serve 533K+ meals, replace $2.6 million in wages, and develop standards documents to help guide restaurants worldwide to survive the pandemic.

Nested Learning Collective is a volunteer community making it easier for post-secondary educators to adapt to a remote fall semester by finding, testing, and recommending ready-to-incorporate, inexpensive, home-appropriate activities, projects, and tools.

Data-driven Design

Ames Studio specializes in design consulting and research services. Client work helps fund experimental projects that highlight new ways that data science and creative design are coming together to generate new, exciting possibilities.

What we do

Our projects push the boundaries of user-centered design, emotional design, and learning-centered design.

User-Centered Design and Emotional Design Consulting

We offer research, design, and consulting services to companies.

Past clients include: Diaggeo, IDEO, JWT, SAB Miller, Gucci Group, Puma, Swarovski, Disney, and Uber. 

Sciencific Backend Development

The Flavor Genome Project provides flavor intelligence based on computational ways of understanding, mapping, navigating, and discovering flavors. We work with data scientists, blind tasting experts, sommeliers, and chefs to build large taxonomies of human flavor perception. FGP includes millions of recipes, food and beverage flavor compounds and their attributes, and human reviews. The team is interested in how this data can be used to create new sensory and learning experiences in the future.

Learning-centered Design

Chef League is an iOS app that makes it fun to casually learn chef improvisation skills without taking a course. It broke boundaries as the first cooking game that was not about time management, but flavor improvisation skills, and as the first app to use a sophisticated scoring system based on real chef and sommelier recommendations. The team is working on an updated version.

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