Attention-driven design versus connection-driven design

Last week I wrote about the opportunity of designing for connection.

I‘d been inspired to think about this more recently after watching a TED talk by Tristan Harris: The manipulative tricks tech companies use to keep your attention.

Designing for attention is marketing, supporting a business model built on advertising. Continue reading…

Reading the news and digital business models

Some thoughts on digital publishing.

There’s not enough experimentation in the news industry, especially within traditional news formats.

In the UK the i Newspaper as a format is interesting, as is the freemium business model introduced by established regional papers like the London Evening Standard and the Manchester Evening News (i.e. Continue reading…

Digital expectations of physical spaces

Do not disturb

Do not disturb (Image by lazylikewally)

The potential of digital is for your environment to be one step ahead of your experience.

In our virtual environments and interactions we expect a high level of control over how our individual preferences are handled relative to the situation or the context we’re dealing with. Continue reading…

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…