Power of Ten

On Power of Ten I talk to guests from a broad range of disciplines about the intersection of design, technology, psychology, organisations, culture and society. We explore how design operates at many levels and in many forms, from thoughtful detail through organisational transformation to the changes in society and the world. It’s based on the thinking across different levels of ‘zoom’, inspired by the famous Ray and Charles Eames film, Powers of Ten.

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February 25, 2020

Lou Downe - Good Services

In this episode, Lou Downe, Director of Design and Transformation for the UK government, where they’re leading change in the UK’s housing sector, talks about their new book: Good Services, How to Design Services that work.

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January 23, 2020

Michael J. Metts & Andy Welfle – Writing Is Designing

In this episode Michael J. Metts and Andy Welfle discuss their new book, Writing Is Designing, and how important words are in making software human-centered and inclusive, requiring just as much thought as the visual design, branding and code.

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January 9, 2020

Scott Smith - How to Future

What better way to start the new year but with a look into the future? My guest in this episode is Scott Smith, founder and managing partner of Changeist discusses his work as a futurist, guiding large organisations towards better futures by blending foresight, narrative design, and strategic thinking. He’s also writing a new book, How to Future.

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December 18, 2019

Ewan McIntosh - Creating the Space for Learning

In this episode Ewan McIntosh, founder and CEO of NoTosh, shares his experience of designing and creating spaces to enhance learning.

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November 12, 2019

Theresa Neil - Designing Digital Therapeutics

In this episode my guest is Theresa Neil, author of Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, published by O’Reily and co-author of Designing Web Interfaces, also by O’Reily in 2009. She’s the founder of Guidea, a 20-person UX design consultancy, serving lots of clients you would have heard of, such as Adobe, Bloomberg, eBay, Wholefoods, Johnson and Johnson, and PayPal. She was also named as one of the top designers in technology by Business Insider. Here, she talks about the powerful combination of digital therapeutics and contemporary medicine to improve people’s lives.

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November 5, 2019

Joe Macleod - Designing Closure Experiences

This episode’s guest is Joe Macleod. Joe has decades of product development experience across digital, physical and service sectors. Previously Head of Design at the award-winning studio Ustwo. He then spent three years on the Closure Experiences project researching, writing and publishing the book “Ends: Why we overlook endings for humans, products, services and digital. And why we shouldn’t." He founded andEnd. A business helping companies end their customer relationships.

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October 10, 2019

Lisa Welchman - Managing Chaos

My guest in this episode is Lisa Welchman. Lisa has written and blogged for 16 years about digital governance and wrote the leading book on this critical discipline called Managing Chaos. She also has a wonderful singing voice and a love of jazz, which makes her my new favourite guest.

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