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Digital sustainability

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Digital sustainability Wunderman Thompson Intelligence highlighted digital sustainability as a trend. The internet is the seventh biggest polluter in the world. Data centres energy consumption is comparable to that of the largest ships. Web designers have been looking to do their part by designing leaner, faster web pages that take up less memory. Samsung is […]

User domestication

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User domestication was an interesting phrase that I noticed in an essay about the growth of WhatsApp. In the essay the author highlighted a number of factors in WhatsApp’s success: Having a proprietary messaging client that didn’t support industry standards for messaging such as the XMPP protocol supported by Google Talk. (Google later abandoned the […]

Gray house

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The gray house phenomenon is a fascinating microcosm of urban development. Gray because its a specifically American phenomenon, rather than grey. But some of the aspects of it will be equally familiar to city dwellers elsewhere. Quick fix The act of painting a brick house is a quick fix by developers, rather like body filler […]

Doughnutism

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Doughnutism is a phrase that I found out about from a presentation of Carat’s 2021 trends paper. In the paper itself it is called the donut problem, but when talked about the phrase doughnutism was used. COVID-19 has changed behaviours. More people are telecommuting, which has changed people’s travel needs. As a consequence, there has […]

Cummings effect

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The Cummings effect was named by The Guardian after former government advisor Dominic Cummings. Now famous for his unorthodox approach to sight tests. The Cummings effect describes how consumers have been testing the rules governing lockdown, often ignoring the government’s ‘stay at home’ instruction. “What is happening is people are beginning to flout the rules, […]