Doctor's Note

A second life for avatars?

October 29, 2019

Avatars have been part of the Internet for a very long time. I once had a book called Avatars! by Bruce Damer that documented many of the early attempts at virtual worlds. Alphaworld was one of the ones I regularly used because my brother was researching them at the time. We were flying around in blocky pixel renderings of avatars, but pretending it was really like Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash. It certainly felt a step up from text-based MUDs and MOOs, until it got a little boring because we didn’t know anyone else.

October 14, 2019

Moved to Hugo

As previously mentioned, I’ve finally moved off of Wordpress and am running my blog as a static site using Hugo hosted on Netlify. What does …

October 13, 2019

Next Conference and eDay

I’ve given a couple of shorter versions of my Creativity in the Age of Synthetic Realities talk recently at Next in Hamburg and Emerce eDay. …

October 12, 2019

Design for the long term

During my move from Australia to Germany I somehow missed posting the talk I gave at Web Directions Design 18 called Design for the Long …

September 6, 2019

Design in the Age of Synthetic Realities

AI-generated and mixed realities are blurring the boundaries of “truth” and challenging how we value it. Synthetic Realities have reached …

July 14, 2019

Learning from Ed Sheeran

I went to see Ed Sheeran live the other day. I can assure that’s not a sentence I thought I would be writing. At the start of his meteoritic …