Design

Where’s your Visceral Payoff?

Where’s your Visceral Payoff?

Recently, I’ve returned to playing one of my favourite video games, Warcraft 3. I’ve always been a fan of the real-time strategy genre and specifically Warcraft as it embodies 2 aspects of video games that really appeal to my sensibilities: resource management and wanton death & destruction. It’s a solid […]

by × January 26, 2011 × 1 comment
Polaroid goes Gaga

Polaroid goes Gaga

It’s been a whole year since Lady Gaga was named Creative Director for Polaroid and in that time she’s done a lot of promo polaroid shots and participated in what may well have been the craziest brainstorms ever… And now for the final reveal… a new line of products called […]

by × January 7, 2011 × 1 comment
Some design thoughts behind OpenIDEO

Some design thoughts behind OpenIDEO

Today sees the launch of OpenIDEO – a genuinely innovative web platform and I’m very proud to have been a part of its development. OpenIDEO activates the global community of creative people to solve some of the world’s tough challenges. Each challenge is an opportunity to go on a journey […]

by × August 2, 2010 × 1 comment
Extending the lifespan of the gadget

Extending the lifespan of the gadget

Something interesting happened at a recent gathering of like-minded technophiles: I put my rather banged-up and decrepit silver-backed iPhone on the table (screen facing up to hide my shame among the flock of shiny new black iPhones) and someone pointed from across the table, exclaiming, “Is that a first generation […]

by × May 25, 2010 × 3 comments

Inspiringly Awesome

Check out Jesse Schell’s awesomely inspiring video on the future of ‘gaming’ delivered at the DICE conference.Here are a couple of juicy points: * There are more Facebook Farmville players than there are Twitter accounts (that is 80 million players on Farmville, vs 75 million on Twitter, vs the population […]

by × February 23, 2010 × 0 comments
User research in a pinch

User research in a pinch

Facebook status is a great tool for holding a conversation when you’re doing some lightning-fast user research. What other ready-made tools do you use to source insights from your crowd?

by × February 18, 2010 × 3 comments
IDEO London’s mini design exhibit

IDEO London’s mini design exhibit

We’ve begun a series of mini design exhibits curated by the multidisciplinary designers at IDEO London. The first 3 in the series represents interaction, communications and industrial design disciplines. I hope in the coming months we’ll be able to showcase the broad range of thinking and approaches toward design that […]

by × October 16, 2009 × 2 comments

Credit card companies get emotional

NPR has a great podcast on what credit card companies are doing to try and predict whether you’ll be a bad credit risk. Credit card companies are basically taking your purchase history and data mining it (in a similar way to Netflix), to profile you. One study cited is Canadian […]

by × June 3, 2009 × 1 comment
Not all movies were created equal

Not all movies were created equal

After reading this New York Times article on the Netflix Prize , I thought it might be cool to register and play with some movie data.Netflix is offering a chunk of their movie rating database (2 GB worth) for download, it contains ratings for 17,770 movies and TV shows from […]

by × April 6, 2009 × 1 comment

Will you be my filter?

At some point in recent years, the Internet got away from me. My gmail inbox filled to 7,866 unread messages, I let my google news reader bloat to 1000+ unread blog posts, and a dozen lifelong friends have poked my lifeless corpse on facebook to no avail. It’s tough sailing […]

by × February 24, 2009 × 3 comments