The Internet of Real Things requires a Design Revolution.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the rather simple concept of connecting any device to the Internet, and by extension to potentially any number of other devices. Included among these are “digital” devices which already have a built-in CPU and wireless communication technology (such as smart phones, computers, and wearables), automobiles (where electronic components already outscore mechanical ones in regard to cost), and other mobility devices such as scooters, bikes and skates. More problematic devices – because they are not yet designed for the expanded usage of digital connectivity – are home appliances, medical devices, and functional objects such as engines and brakes. Connections and interactions will take three basic forms—people-people, people-things, and things-things—and analysts like Gartner project that by 2020 there will be between 25 and 100 billion connected devices.… Read More

Modular Design for Sustainable Development

In light of Donald Trump’s frivolous withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, receive further information on the official site, it seems ironic to talk about what we designers can do to avert an ecological and human disaster – but I’ll try.… Read More

Norway: Fjords, Trolls and Vikings.

Norway: Fjords, Trolls and Vikings. Having worked with clients in Denmark, Sweden and Finland, Norway still was a blank spot on my Scandinavian experience map. When my daughter Anna announced that she wants to start her summer break by discovering Norway, I offered to be her travel buddy.… Read More

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The Big Data Challenge.

Big Data is the new miracle tool in business and marketing to improve customer experience, used to drive more loyalty and sales – or even to predict future desires in product development. In reality though, Big Data is both promising (when used properly) and a curse (when used by naïve people). Any tool can be only as good as the professional using it, and there seems to be too much blind believing into what Big Data and “Data Analysts” – the new saviors everybody is calling for – can achieve.… Read More

South Africa’s Big Five.

California to South Africa is a very far journey: first a cross-continental flight to New York, overnight hotel and then 14:30 hours to Johannesburg. Having been there a couple times (Design Indaba and a frog studio for some years after … Read More

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