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…

Young people

I’m lucky to have a spare room and for the last few years, I’ve made a case of inviting interesting people younger than myself to stay over if they’re in town. I meet them when I lecture in universities or speak at conferences. Some have…

End of Year Review

Thanks to Prof. Dr. Molly Steenson for initiating this habit, this is the 11th year I’ve done these reviews. 1.What did you do in 2018 that you’d never done before?Got a job. 2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next…

What’s next?

I’m turning 38 and as of 13 contractual days ago, I have a job at Bulb as Head of Labs (new products, new parternships). Bulb is an affordable and green energy company. So I’m back working in Shoreditch in a co-working space set up by…

Smarter Homes: Lessons Learnt

I wrote a book on smart homes which has just been published by the lovely people at Apress in the US. Why did I do that? Well there were no books on smart homes as a technological, sociological and design movement. There are plenty of…

Sunday Scraps #3

(Yes I know, not posted on a sunday. Sue me) Hiroshima / The ugly scandal that cancelled the Nobel Prize / Sugartime / Apollo magazine / Basic Design: a revolution in Art History, the beginning of the Hatton Gallery  / John Pasmore: The Developing process…

Sunday Scraps #2

Tabs from May 2018 Jardins Ferdinand Bac / How to call into the kitchen / NSBRC Self-build course / The Empty Brain / Usbourne book of the future / Laguna Art Museum / MOCA: Wellcome to the Dollhouse / The Waag Vertigo Residencies / Couple…

Cities that make

I spent a couple of days in Liverpool this week, catching up with Adrian McEwen, an old friend, author, technical #iot consultant and founder of what I consider to be one of the most embedded and sustainable maker spaces in the North: DoES Liverpool. We…