New geographies of learning

How technology is altering the terrain of teaching. I rashly agreed to give a lecture to several hundred university teachers in Amsterdam….(This is the text of a speech given on September 6th, 2000, at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam). I am most grateful – and not a little intimidated – by your invitation to give this […]

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Quality Time at High Speed (Service innovation workshop, Breda, The Netherlands, 2000)

What would it mean to design for fast and slow speeds? The High Speed Network Platform, an association of 15 European regions, and Urban Unlimited, a planning firm, asked Doors of Perception to organise a cultural expert workshop on the theme, quality time: design for multiple speeds. Today’s high speed train (HST) travel is a […]

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The design challenge of pervasive computing

My Articles of Association Between Design, Technology and The People Formerly Known As Users

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Objectionable objects: the failure of Workspheres

At the invitation of Paola Anotonelli, one of the world leading design curators and an eminence at at MoMA in New York, I spent a most enjoyable year talking with her, Aura Oslapas (from Stone Yamashita), Bruce Mau, and Larry Keeley, about the future of work and what that future portended for design. Paola’s show […]

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Local knowledge: the design and innovation of tomorrow’s services (DoorsEast 1, Ahmedabad, India, 2000)

The purpose of DoorsEast 1, a memorable week in Ahmedabad, was to accelerate the exchange of people, knowledge and experiences among Indian and European designers and internet entrepreneurs. We wanted to know: what can western interaction designers learn from Indian design and internet culture? and, what are the prospects for future joint work between the […]

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Doors of Perception 6 on “Lightness” (international design conference, Amsterdam, 2000)

A strange thing happened to the ‘weightless’ and dematerialised economy we thought the Internet would bring. It never arrived – or it hasn’t yet. Finding ways of reducing wasteful flows of energy and matter in our daily lives remains an enormous opportunity for design. Hence lightness, the theme of Doors of Perception 6 on the […]

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What are artists for?

(A comment for Cumulus, the European association of design schools). In order to do things differently, we first need to see things differently; the imaginary can be extraordinarily powerful in shaping expectations. In order to do things differently, we first need to see things differently; the imaginary can be extraordinarily powerful in shaping expectations. New […]

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No more (design) heroes

The lone genius is dead. Long live collaborative design. I was interviewed by Chee Pearlman for Wired. Chee wisely published less than the stuff that appears here, but, shucks, this is my column…. Interview for Wired. Questions by Chee Pearlman, who also interviewed Paola Antonelli, Tim Parsey, Bruce Sterling, Lee Green, Lorraine Wild, Don Norman, […]

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Design for family communication

This is a story about the European funded project – Maypole – in which we (Doors folk) were part of the team. Informal communication – sharing jokes, teasing each other, asking what kind of day you’ve had – is an important part of everyday life. Most families also do a lot of communicating to organise […]

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