Category: Rants

Maybe slightly unrelated to my thesis but pretty descriptive of my brainspace during the year.

Creativity & Collaboration in the 20th century.

I gave a talk a few weeks ago at Creat_ED and talked about entrepreneurism, fearlessness but really, I suppose I was talking about collaboration in hindsight. I’m reading Prague: Capital of 20th Century Surrealism and what’s immediately obvious is that artists were (maybe still are,…

Trans vs Inter

Transmedia, transdisciplinary, etc.. are clearly a fashionable expression but really… “Trans is a Latin noun or prefix, meaning “across”, “beyond” or “on the opposite side”.” “Inter is a Latin prefix meaning “between”, among, or “within a group”.” Same difference? Not? Dunno but it’s bugging me.

21st century compliance

I went to a conference and a few days later my friend Michelle came up with “Twitter compliant” as a way of rating presentations. Today I walked around the beautiful new Maxxi museum of Modern Art and Architecture in Rome (another Zaha Hadid project) and…

The year that was

A bit of a tradition started 3 years ago by a canadian friend. I think it’s as good a way as any to recap. 1.What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? Missed a flight. 2. Did you keep your New Years’…

Thoughts for better conferences

Good conferences are about managing expectations: the speakers’ and the audience’s. They’ve paid to attend, the speaker has probably paid to fly over and add their professional profile to making the event worth going to in the first place. Both parties should be cared for.…

A City Experience: Canvases

I’ve been thinking for a while about contributing to the latest design craze among my peers: cities. I’m not an architect but I like cities as a user, as a designer, and I thought I’d write very short bursts about what I like about them,…

Design's role in the descending economy

So I find myself more and more motivated to blog as a way to scratch an intellectual itch triggered just today by visiting the V&A’s Cold War Modern exhibition and coming back home to read the Guardian’s interview of Philippe Starck, Terrence Conran and Kirstie…