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On Gender Inequality and Being “Other”

On Gender Inequality and Being “Other”

There has been quite a lot of discussion recently about gender equality in the workplace and the gap that still exists for women to be treated equally and fairly in all aspects of society, especially in technology. I wanted to contribute my own journey and perspectives on this topic, although […]

by × October 18, 2014 × 6 comments
Somewhere in-between immersive cinema and alternate reality gaming

Somewhere in-between immersive cinema and alternate reality gaming

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending Secret Cinema  for Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel. Secret Cinema is an event usually centred around a movie where organisers create elaborate sets, stories, characters in the universe of that chosen film. Visitors are encouraged to dress up and […]

by × March 24, 2014 × 2 comments
The Mulholland Drive of Innovation

The Mulholland Drive of Innovation

This morning I found myself discussing the strange, surreal world of David Lynch and what a feat it was for him to take a mass TV audience hooked on the seemingly straight-laced crime drama that was Twin Peaks and totally mess with the audience’s expectations and perceptions on every level… […]

by × March 21, 2014 × 0 comments
Failed Robot Christmas Gift Guide

Failed Robot Christmas Gift Guide

Here are some holiday gift ideas for the Failed Robots in your life… feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments! The Tiniest DIY Drawing Robot Every robotdork wants their own drawbot. Why not present this as a DIY kit with all the parts ready for assembly. You […]

by × November 29, 2013 × 0 comments
Zen and the Art of the Superhuman Make-a-thon

Zen and the Art of the Superhuman Make-a-thon

February always turns out to be one of those crazy months of the year where I can’t keep up with my own shadow. Once again I found myself frantically helping to put together our 2nd IDEO London Make-a-thon. In 2012, IDEO hosted the first ever Make-a-thon at the London studio, […]

by × March 6, 2013 × 0 comments
Playsettings – Playful crockery for dextrous dining experiences

Playsettings – Playful crockery for dextrous dining experiences

I had the pleasure of attending the Enabled By Design’s Design-a-thon event this past weekend. It’s a 24-hour design and hack event, where designers and makers get together to create new solutions for people with physical and mental constraints. The team I worked with looked at challenges to dexterity, when […]

by × November 5, 2012 × 4 comments
True North – Designing for Utility & Contemplation

True North – Designing for Utility & Contemplation

I am not one of those people good with a sense of direction. There are those who seem to have a magical compass embedded in their brains and have an innate sense of ‘north’ anywhere they go. It’s pretty clear I’m not one of these people. I’m the person that rotates […]

by × October 11, 2012 × 0 comments
Designing for creativity

Designing for creativity

I finally downloaded the iPad Paper App by FiftyThree studios tonight. It is a sketchbook tool that (by all accounts) was originally created as part of a tablet concept, Courier, for Microsoft and when that project was shelved, the team members eventually left and created Paper for the iPad. I’m […]

by × April 16, 2012 × 0 comments
Lessons from the Hitch

Lessons from the Hitch

Dear Friends, A most worthwhile human being and hero of mine, Christopher Hitchens, passed away yesterday. I began reading Hitchens at a time when I was coming to grips with what it meant to be a humanist and an atheist. Amongst Wilde and Orwell, there was Hitchens with the unrelenting […]

by × December 17, 2011 × 2 comments

What can the bagels tell you about your office?

I’ve been doing some readings on ‘pop culture economics’ recently, with books such as Freakonomics, Superfreakonomics and Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational. The combination of stats and storytelling in these books make my data viz nerd brain go a bit gooey. They’re so good, I managed to read all three books […]

by × October 11, 2011 × 4 comments
Your flagship product is our nice-to-have feature

Your flagship product is our nice-to-have feature

Twitter has been adding a few new features to its core service recently, features that fold in what other startups have been trying to do in order to make using twitter easier. Little did these startups know, their flagship product was just user testing for Twitter to figure out what […]

by × August 23, 2011 × 3 comments
Japan’s crowd-sourced radiation readings becomes a movement

Japan’s crowd-sourced radiation readings becomes a movement

The Japan Geigermap is in its 5th week and a lot of activity has happened around the map and this crowd-sourcing phenomenon. In fact, a loosely connected community of enthusiasts and (dare I say it) obsessives have sprung up to drive forward the effort of providing crowd-sourced information on radiation […]

by × April 24, 2011 × 1 comment
Crowd-sourced radiation readings from Japan

Crowd-sourced radiation readings from Japan

Inspried by Shigeru Kobayashi‘s work and the desire to just make something, I created a google map visualisation of radiation readings from across Japan. These are crowd-source readings from numerous geiger counters hooked up to the Internet. The folks at Pachube have aggregated these readings and made them available for people to […]

by × March 18, 2011 × 47 comments
Visualising the Community DNA for OpenIDEO

Visualising the Community DNA for OpenIDEO

Following on from my last post about designing for social engagement on OpenIDEO.com, I’ve started playing with our user data to better visualise the make-up of the community.I thought that DNA sequencing might be a nice visual analogy for the unique signature of a social ecology and so created a […]

by × March 13, 2011 × 4 comments
Designing for an ecosystem – OpenIDEO’s user engagement framework

Designing for an ecosystem – OpenIDEO’s user engagement framework

The OpenIDEO platform launched 7 months, 2 days ago and since then we’ve seen an amazing collective of people gather around the site and adopt it as their own (12,000 members and counting). I think out of all the outcomes of the platform, this has been the most meaningful for […]

by × March 3, 2011 × 8 comments