Archaeology of the future

When people hear about new ideas for the first time, their reactions are often shaped by existing mental models. Designers wanting to introduce new ideas in complex, multi-stakeholder settings frequently find that thinking about potential futures is constrained by this phenomenon.

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Overcoming apartheid's terrible education legacy

I have just returned from a visit to my hometown, Johannesburg. South Africa is a fascinating place, with incredibly warm and generous people, stunning natural beauty and diverse, exciting culture. However it's also a country at the sharp edge of a post-colonial legacy that devolved to the blind lunacy of apartheid.

What does it mean to be human? An argument for cyborg-centred design

As the end of the year draws near, I thought the most fitting post to close the year would be an introduction to one of the ideas which has been providing the most creative fuel to my work this year.

Business model canvas as process diagram

I'm really interested in how simple models help people tackle complex problems, and perhaps most importantly, help teams think about them in similar ways so they can arrive at shared interpretations of ideas.

First 2011 England and Wales census data released

In July, the first data was released from the 2011 Census, which details population and household estimates for England and Wales every 10 years.

Beyond products and services to platforms

Some of the heat has gone out of the service/product design debate in the last year or two. Where once there was product design or service design, more junk or all talk, there's now a healthier balance, with design agencies increasingly involved in both disciplines.

Digital societies - Bruno Latour and Richard Rogers event at Goldsmiths

Last Wednesday I attended a talk by Richard Rogers and Bruno Latour organised by Goldsmiths Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process.

For the love of money

In a world where talk about money is front-page news day in and day out, what do people on the street think about their own money?

Digital traces of physical events

I was interested this morning to see Last.fm's visualisations of the effects of physical events on their listening data.

Learning from the quake

I was fortunate enough to spend some time talking this past weekend with Aico Shimizu about her talking about her experiences during and since the 11th March 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake.

Why time frames are so important for design research

Design research comes in many flavours. Quite often different perspectives can lead us to setup our approaches in opposition to other ways of doing things. I'd like to make the case for thinking about time as a useful frame-work for acknowledging difference without presenting closely related practices as arch-rivals.