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Silicon Emotion

October 6, 2013 No Comments

Over its 150 year history, there has been no shortage of praise for the brilliant design of the London Underground system – the legendary tube map, the wayfinding and branding, the overall user friendliness, etc. But how much love do those delightful pre-recorded voices receive – “Mind the gap” ring a bell? Not enough, I […]

The Democracy of Systems Design

December 11, 2011 No Comments

If Apple had the option, would they replace their store employees with programmable drones, flash-baked with spunk, knowledge, and an insatiable desire to help patrons find the ideal Apple product(s) for them? Perhaps they would succumb to the over-hyped controllability and precision afforded by robotic employees.

Looking Through The Graphic Design Lens

June 15, 2011 2 Comments

What would the world look like if your brain was wired to perceive the world as if through a graphic design lens? That’s what I would like to find out. Let’s explore.

This Ain’t Your Parent’s Future

April 28, 2011 3 Comments

How could we be so wrong about the future all of the time? Over and over again, throughout history, we have predicted futures that missed the mark. With the exception of a few celebrated cases, futurists have had a dismal track record when it comes to the history of predicting the future.

How Your Coffee Mug Controls Your Feelings (& What You Can Do About It)

April 28, 2011 No Comments

What would you say if I told you that objects you use every day are now believed to be practicing a form of mind control on you? Sounds crazy, right? Well, although cognitive scientists probably wouldn’t use the term “mind control”, they wouldn’t disagree that while we interact with physical elements of our environment, our brains are performing what’s known as embodied cognition, a sneaky sort of intuition that drives how we feel and behave and is breaking down century-old mind/body link claims with a vengeance.