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Fjord Fika with Dave Gray

by Andy Polaine on March 27, 2017

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Fjord have recently started a podcast series called Fjord Fika, the Swedish word for slowing down and catching up with colleagues and friends over coffee and pastry. (Germans have a long tradition of Kaffee und Kuchen that I rather miss in Australia).

The Fika podcast features unscripted conversations with key luminaries and thought leaders in technology and design. We aim to take a fresh, honest look at all sides of innovation – the good, the bad and the ugly – and the impact on society. I had the pleasure of speaking my friend, multiple author and visual thinker extraordinaire, Dave Gray

He and I have often had long and interesting conversations that I wish we had recorded. And now we have. You can find it here and in all the usual places you get your podcasts. Have a listen and tell us what you think. Twitter is a good place for comments. 

The Service Design Show

by Andy Polaine on August 26, 2016

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I had the pleasure of chatting with 31Volts’ Marc Fonteijn on the Service Design Show the other day. We talked about the possible boundaries of service design and it’s fractal nature and I completely had a brain freeze in the middle of talking about feasible, viable and desirable. Here’s the resulting interview:

Services need to manage reverse ID better

August 22, 2016

Having finally relocated to a permanent address in Sydney and re-docking with government and utilities, I’ve been experiencing the whole gamut of customer services. There are a whole host of things to register for and the way companies go about it is different every time. The good news is that most of this is much […]

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Hello UX Australia 2016

August 22, 2016

Just a quick note to say I’m heading to Melbourne for UX Australia 2016 where I’ll be running my Design a Service in Six Hours workshop and also doing a presentation called Design to the Power of Ten looking at the fractal nature of service design. The he workshop is sold out (thanks everyone who […]

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The Circular Economy Officer

December 26, 2015

There’s an interesting short piece over at Sustainable Brands asking whether we need a new kind of CEO – a Circular Economy  Officer. They interviewed my brother who makes a good case for industrial designers: Matt Polaine, former circular economy research lead at BT, says a key remit of any circular economy role should be to understand […]

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You drive me crazy — considering the brand and human experiences of autonomous cars

July 23, 2015

Photo: Steve Jurvetson When Google’s self-driving Lexus cut off Delphi Automotive’s self-driving Audi, forcing it to take “appropriate action” by aborting a lane change, the near miss between them was reported in terms of the technology and liability. With the exception of Reid Hoffman’s thoughtful piece, Driving in the Networked Age, the brand and service […]

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Switching hemispheres

April 16, 2015

I have some big news to announce. After six years teaching and researching service design at the Hochschule Luzern I will be leaving my post there at the end of August. It has been an informative and formative time for me. Thanks to all my former students on whom I have inflicted my prototypes of […]

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The Apple Watch, skeuomorphism and metaphors

March 25, 2015

I had a Twitter exchange with John Gruber yesterday in response to his point about the Apple Watch and skeuomorphism: I don’t think iOS or OS X needed to eschew skeuomorphic textures, but Apple Watch did. Gruber was referring to Craig Hockenberry’s piece about the Apple Watch’s OLED display. In particular Hockenberry’s argument that the […]

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Antirom 20th Anniversary Event

February 18, 2015

REWIND to 1995 – A collective of young Londoners launches Antirom, a CD-ROM of experimental interactive software, at Cameraworks gallery in Bethnal Green. The many brief, playful, funny ‘toys’ on the disc have quite an influence in interaction design circles. FFWD to 2015 – Generations of computer hardware rush past leaving Antirom unplayable on any […]

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