Oprah time: Thoughts on Design by Paul Rand

Reading Time: 2 minutes Paul Rand’s slim book Thoughts on Design was originally written after World War 2 when he was in his 30s. He hadn’t yet done some of his most iconic work such as the IBM or TV network ABC. Straight out of the gate it focuses on design and its applicability to the job in hand. […]

In praise of (D)SLR camera

Reading Time: 1 minute If you still use a camera nowadays given the usefulness of smartphones, the phrase mirrorless has become de rigueur. Photography like most other things in life have become progressively more digital. Technology is increasingly mediating every aspect of our experiences. I still like ‘mirrored’ or single lens reflex cameras. Digital single lens reflex cameras free […]

The Internet of Stupid Things

Reading Time: 1 minute A more charitable phrase for what many consumers call the Internet of Shit. Yes lots of products can be internet enabled, but should they be? There is a mix of challenges: Products that are internet enabled but shouldn’t be – the Happy Fork or the Griffin Smart Toaster being classic examples. I found the Griffin […]

Jargon Watch: Kickstarter

Reading Time: 1 minute If you’re reading this blog, you will have heard of the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Kickstarter has become synonymous with crowdfunding and has become a verb. I’ve personally subscribed to projects with very mixed results. My most recent experiences have been one of disappointment to the point that I no longer use it. It was interesting […]

Jargon watch: deep design

Reading Time: 1 minute The key underlying belief to deep design is that modern life systems and processes aren’t designed for humans. From industrial design, to administrative processes and algorithms – all could be categorised as ‘inhumane’. If you’ve ever dealt with work visa forms in a foreign country you’ll know what I mean. Human-centred design was supposed to […]