Stop researching and start doing

March 13, 2015

Austin Kleon with some sage advice for anyone considering writing a book. It’s all good, but this is especially true: Stop researching, start writing. “There’s an awful temptation to just keep on researching,” says David McCollough. “There comes a point where you just have to stop, and start writing. When I began, I thought that […]

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Safety in games, from Shakespeare to Plato to Play Theory

March 12, 2015

Interesting piece from Jesper Juul on play with this note about Brian Sutton-Smith: On two occasions I heard Brian Sutton-Smith claim that play provides a modicum of joy in our pain-filled lives. Although that wasn’t meant as a definition of play, it is interesting by reversing the order of events: we aren’t safe, and therefore […]

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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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Comcast Customer Receives Bill Addressed to ‘Super Bitch‘

February 12, 2015

In our book on service design and elsewhere, we often talk about how much people are at the heart of services. Although branding folk like to speak of products having personalities, your car does not wake up with a hangover, and your iPhone does not hate its boss and act surly with its user all […]

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From hunch to research direction to design concept

January 29, 2015

The most common issue service design students face is project paralysis in the face of infinite possibilities and the synthesis of a mass of research material. Services are often complex and the interconnectedness of problems can soon appear too difficult to tackle. Taking the leap to tentatively develop an idea, and letting go of the […]

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Be My Eyes ~ Lend Your Eyes to the Blind

January 18, 2015

Be My Eyes is an app that actually benefits people. Imagine that. It crowdsources help for visually impaired people by simply using a video link to someone else who can tell them what they’re looking at. Smart and simple.

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IFTTT vs ifttt

December 11, 2014

You may have noticed some very short posts recently. Today actually. Except they are from a while ago. I have a recipe on If This Then That that posts the description field of my Pinboard bookmarks tagged with “blog” to Playpen. I used it to link blog more frequently, but got out of the habit […]

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The Cheapest Generation

December 11, 2014

The Cheapest Generation is an interesting piece over at The Atlantic about “why millennials (Gen Yers) aren’t buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy.” In short, the emotional appeal of owning a car or house that their parents had is no longer so strong. They prefer, instead, to have access to […]

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Winterhouse Institute

December 11, 2014

The Winterhouse Institute focusess on non-profit, self-initiated projects that support design education, as well as social and political initiatives. What the Omnium Creative Network should have been – nice to see this off the ground.

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