Connected: things of the internet versus the Internet of Things (IoT)

When I first wrote about things of the internet it was a deliberate inversion of the Internet of Things.

For the uninitiated, the Internet of Things is the connection of everyday physical objects through the internet (and local networks), enabling them to send and receive data. Continue reading…

Designing without an alternative

The importance of digital — part 4

No alternative

No (original image — Tom Magliery)

Design in a digital world is, at least in part, a story of dealing with no alternative.

In government, I see no alternative all the time. From a lack of money/funding, skills, leadership, or simply political will power. Continue reading…

Digital by design

The importance of digital — part 3

GOVDESIGN

#GOVDESIGN

If you’re following my posts over the last few days you’ll appreciate how important I think digital is as a lens for how we see and respond to the modern world.

That society will be digital. We can’t lose sight of what this means with the increasing impact of technology in our lives. Continue reading…

The end of digital?

The importance of digital — part 2

The End of Print (David Carson). Is this the end of digital?

The End of Print (David Carson). Is this the end of digital?

Back when I was a design student I discovered David Carson’s book The End of Print.

This book inspired a long term obsession with good design and the necessity of breaking rules. Continue reading…

Dropping digital?

The importance of digital — part 1

Mic drop

Mic drop

There’s a trend of people saying that it’s no longer helpful to talk about digital. The argument goes that most people don’t understand what we mean when we use the word ‘digital’ or that it has too many different meanings. Continue reading…

Convenience isn’t digital

Why we need a different response to convenience in a digital age

PayPal (instant money transfer)—digital convenience

PayPal (instant money transfer)—digital convenience

Convenience is something that pre-dates the internet. It’s not of the internet.

The local ‘convenience store’ is something most people are familiar with. Continue reading…

What’s on my bookshelf this autumn/winter (2017)

I’ve previously published a reading list for summer 2016 and summer 2017. This is my reading list for this autumn/winter. Continue reading…

Things I use Twitter for

I’ve been thinking about why I use Twitter. Continue reading…

Some principles for blogging

I’ve been thinking about my own approach to blogging, and making this sharable. These are some good principles to start with. Continue reading…

Vertical lines and loose boundaries

A cricket boundary line.

A cricket boundary line.

…it’s surprising how frequently policymakers can be found solving the wrong problem — a superficial one, a symptom rather than a cause — or a problem perceived in one way by the outside world but totally differently by those actually experiencing it — Steve Hilton, More Human

I spent a lot of time thinking about the relationship between policy, service delivery and design when working in government. Continue reading…