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.

You’ll find the episodes in the archive below, on iTunes, Spotify, Audioboom.

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May 15, 2020

Jeff Sussna – Services as a chain of promises

In this episode, Jeff Sussana, known for introducing the global DevOps community to the importance of empathy and author of Designing Delivery: Rethinking IT in the Digital Service Economy, talks about the importance of systems and design thinking and services as a “chain of promises.”

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April 6, 2020

Senongo Akpem - Cross-Cultural Design

In this episode, Senongo Akpem talks about how living in constantly shifting cultural and physical spaces has given him unique insight into the influence of culture on communication and creativity and forms the basis of his book, Cross-Cultural Design.

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March 15, 2020

Douglas Ferguson - Beyond the Prototype

In this episode, Douglas Ferguson talks about his book, Beyond the Prototype, which offers a six step plan for companies struggling with the shift from discovery to launch, especially in the post-sprint slump and his experience working directly with the Google Ventures Design Sprint coaches. Douglas also talks about the role of making and recording music in shaping his thought process. And math rock.

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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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