Category: Interaction design

So you’re about to graduate

(This is a follow-up to my blogpost as I’ve been invited to give one of the keynotes at the Umea Institute of Design’s Degree Show  in Sweden next month.) So you’re about to graduate from an interaction design degree. Welcome to the rest of your…

Intelligent for what?

Apologies to Drake for inelegantly stealing his line but I’m in Canada this week, speaking at the iX Symposium at the Société des Arts Technologiques and I’ve become very interested in the concepts of artificial intelligence and how mainstream the expression has become. The world of the…

Caring about watches again

  So Apple is making a smart watch (let’s call it what it is, “wearable” is too clunky and best used for non-screen connected products). It’ll do well enough with early adopters whenever they launch it and regardless of battery life but more importantly it’ll test…

Change in times of change

I was reminded of this video which, shot in 2000, is strangely prescient of the times we live in now. The beauty of Hussein Chalayan‘s work never ends it must be said but I have a soft spot for this collection. “Chalayan’s Afterwords Collection was…

Tiny Useful Things: KeyMaps

I’ve been thinking about embodied contexts for maps lately, beyond flat paper maps. I have 3 sets of keys that I carry around and I thought that a simple way of differentiating them would be to design location-relevant key rings. There’s such a familiarity with…

Tiles: Twitter as visual dictionary

(Warning: Firmly in the “things I don’t know how to build and can’t be bothered to learn how to” category.) I grew up flicking through the Dictionnaire Visuel on my mother’s bookshelf right next to that year’s Larousse Universel. It shaped my knowledge of words…

Tiny Useful Things: MyTravelMaps

Hackday today at RIG with James and Phil and I thought I’d share what I came up with. I’ve been using Google MyMaps for about 4 years now, mapping out the cities I visit and live in with pins that often relate to food and…

Tiny Useful Things: Radio Cards

I did a bit of Olympics-related media thinking for a client last month and it dawned on me that the most interesting thing about that 2 weeks will be the social and cultural gap that athletes and their entourage will have to deal with, not…