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Category: design

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books, culture, design

China’s design revolution

Pen Stuart writes: “‘Are Chinese people creative?’ – it depends if you mean in the Western Christian sense of creating something from nothing”. This was the best line in a… Read More »

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books, design, digital, technology

Stages of digital grief

Andy Stubbings writes: I went to a talk on the future of publishing recently by Julius Wiedemann, the Design Editor at the art book publisher Taschen, at the Design Museum… Read More »

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design, innovation, technology

Surface tension

Microsoft’s whizzy new Surface slates — unveiled June 18 at a high-profile Apple-style announcement event in Hollywood — have triggered wildly disparate reactions across the technology world, with some pundits… Read More »

building

cities, design

Piercing the Shard

Andrew Curry writes: The Shard is inescapable from our London office. The city’s soon-to-be tallest building, a piece of concept architecture by Renzo Piano, can be seen from our office… Read More »

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design, fashion

The futures of fashion

Claudia Rimington writes: What is the future shape of fashion retailing? We did some internal micro-research on this recently in our London office – exploring the drivers of change which… Read More »

Climbing Mount Everest one stair at a time

behavior change, design, health, The Futures Company

Climbing Mount Everest one stair at a time

Amy Esser writes: Prompted by recent work with clients on changing behaviours  in the area of physical activity, I decided to enrol London office employees in a fitness challenge; to… Read More »

Some good things we’ve seen #6

design, good things, just for fun

Some good things we’ve seen #6

Compiled by Jo Phillips A sobering New York Times graphic of the 2009 death count (Allied military forces only) in Iraq and Afghanistan An alarming case of public sector innovation… Read More »

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design

A is for Apple, D is for Dieter

Jake Goretzki writes: According to one of the so-called ‘ten commandments‘ of the German industrial designer Dieter Rams, “Good design is as little design as possible”, something that is clear… Read More »

Building for better cancer care

design, health, space

Building for better cancer care

Alex Oliver writes: On Wednesday evening, I had the privilege of presenting the findings from our recent study on the effect of the built environment on young cancer patients to… Read More »