Work-life blur

3 things that cross over between my work and my life: A desire to understand how things work. (What goes on under the bonnet? What do they feel like to use? What’s the story behind the design?) Using technology to help connect people with each other and with information My love of language(s) Not to […]

You are here

Yes, but how did I get here? Yesterday I went to the Design Museum in London with some friends from work to see the design of information exhibition “YOU ARE HERE” (now in its last week). It was full of amazing examples of how we convey complex information through models, signs and symbols, including navigation […]

Da Vinci on nature’s inventions

Though human genius in its various inventions with various instruments may answer the same end, it will never find an invention more beautiful or more simple or direct than nature, because in her inventions nothing is lacking and nothing superfluous. Leonardo da Vinci Nothing to add…

Change the world for a fiver

This week a hugely important UN-backed report, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment was published about how rapidly we’re destroying our planet. It’s four main findings are: Humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively in the last 50 years than in any other period. This was done largely to meet rapidly growing demands for food, fresh […]


Great idea: This is broken “A project to make businesses more aware of their customer experience, and how to fix it.” Amongst the hundreds of posts is a picture of a “Restroom” sign in Seattle with an arrow pointing to the sky Courtesy of Mark Hurst in New York who’s behind

A designated quiet area

Sign on train today… Just wondering… what constitutes using a mobile phone these days? I read the news on mine today quite happily (and quietly). If I’d read it to someone else would I have been arrested?

Form and function: for better or worse

“Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” Frank Lloyd Wright, US Architect, 1867-1959 Many everyday designs in use in the synthetic world are like moments of harmony during a turbulent but ultimately constructive relationship. In between these moments you find form following function […]

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