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Flying fish fiasco

Freight transport is an important source of air pollution, CO2 emissions, and noise, as well as causing countless injuries and deaths by accidents. Freight transport is out of control in the sense that it has been growing faster than the economy, by 0.8% per annum, since 1985. Flying fresh [continue …]

2004-12-21T18:21:08+00:00December 21st, 2004|[no topic]|

Humiliation or disgrace

I was flattered to receive a seasonal message today from Professor Dr. Nikolay V. Kirianakithe – the President, no less, of the International Sensors and Traducers Association. I’ve always fancied myself as an amateur traducer, but had not realised my efforts had been recognised at such a high level. [continue …]

2004-12-18T19:36:04+00:00December 18th, 2004|[no topic]|

Heard the one about averting catastrophe?

Never mind about tarmac-covered land and the fate of the planet – what about sales of my book? I’ve been jolted awake by a reference in Future Now to a research paper that describes the use of an “Epidemics-Type Aftershock Sequence model to track how information about a book [continue …]

2023-04-28T11:32:46+00:00December 17th, 2004|[no topic]|


This blog is part of the build-up to Doors of Perception 8, which takes place in New Delhi next March and is on the theme, “INFRA: Platforms for social innovation and how to design them”. What infrastructures are needed to enable bottom-up, edge-in social innovation – and how do we [continue …]

2004-12-14T21:56:56+00:00December 14th, 2004|[no topic]|

Success Factors In Design Research Projects

The reports of last Friday’s Project Leaders’ Round Table, which we organised together with Virtual Platform, are now online here.
We’ve posted summaries, most of the project presentations, a bunch of pictures, and a text called “Conclusions”. The latter text, I now realise, contains more questions than answers. [continue …]

2022-10-21T12:10:08+00:00November 26th, 2004|[no topic]|

Project Leaders’ Round Table

(click on the image for an image collection.)
On Thursday and Friday, 18-19 November, 60 people met in Amsterdam for the Project Leaders’ Round Table. Our aim was to learn from each other about success factors in design research projects. We heard about projects that were based [continue …]

2022-10-21T12:09:57+00:00November 20th, 2004|[no topic]|

Towards a cyberinfrastructure for collaboration

“The socio-institutional elements of a new infrastructure supporting collaboration – that is to say, its supposedly ‘softer’ parts – are every bit as complicated as the hardware and computer software and, indeed, may prove much harder to devise and implement” says the economist Paul David in a draft paper [continue …]

2004-11-08T19:48:43+00:00November 8th, 2004|[no topic]|

Found: the missing acorn

In yesterday’s email newsletter, under the headline Sending the acorn, not the tree, we directed you to a .pdf of the Doors 8 poster — that was not there.
Apologies for the inconvenience. Please try again; it should now work. (It’s in “Download” on the right of [continue …]

2022-10-21T12:09:54+00:00November 5th, 2004|[no topic]|

Advice, please, on those missing millions

The theme of Doors 8 is “Infra”, which we interpret to span both hard and soft aspects of infrastructure in a networked society. Infra therefore includes people as well as systems. Now we keep reading that, in Europe alone, there’s a shortage of 1.5 million information technology workers. A question [continue …]

2004-11-04T08:32:08+00:00November 4th, 2004|[no topic]|

New Dark Ages? Not At All

“Avoidance of difficulty or unpleasantness. Disavowal of extreme situations. Retreat into distraction. These appear to be the hallmarks of the fast-encroaching New Dark Ages”. No, these words are not about the U.S. election results. They’re a comment by Anne Marie Willis, editor of Design Philosophy Papers, on the state of [continue …]

2004-11-01T08:17:21+00:00November 1st, 2004|[no topic]|

Adpocalypse Now

Gloom-and-doom mongering can be self-indulgent for the mongerers, and de-motivating for the mongereed. All credit therefore to Adbusters for breaking that pattern with a brilliant come-back issue. It’s about “The Day The World Ends”, and contains some great writing. “”The collapse was only a problem so long as we thought [continue …]

2004-10-31T16:31:32+00:00October 31st, 2004|[no topic]|

“On Brand”

Am I the last person to hear the expression “on brand” used in the context of design? It was one of several expressions that I heard for the first time at the World Creative Forum in London a couple of weeks ago. Another novelty, for me, was the description of [continue …]

2004-10-31T10:13:33+00:00October 31st, 2004|[no topic]|

Zeroing Out

When an IVR/Speech (Interactive Voice Recognition) system does not meet a customer’s expectations, they become frustrated and hang up or “zero out” to a live agent. According to Forrester Research, customer satisfaction levels with IVR systems fall in the 10 percent range, compared with a satisfaction rate of approximately 80 [continue …]

2004-10-06T14:19:41+00:00October 6th, 2004|[no topic]|

Doors of Perception 8 – INFRA

Welcome to the website and weblog for Doors of Perception 8. The box on the right of your screen lists all the usual notices and announcements you’d expect for a Doors event. The top box, “What & Why”, is an introduction to the event — why we’re doing it, what [continue …]

2022-10-21T12:09:49+00:00October 4th, 2004|[no topic]|

Design-recast: the world as spread-sheet

A lecture given to the Design Recast conference organised at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht by Jouke Kleerebezem.
Trying to get a grip on design is rather like trying to grab hold of a shoal of herring. Orca whales do this by blowing upside-down funnels of air bubbles from [continue …]

2022-08-28T14:59:35+00:00October 3rd, 2003|[no topic]|

Architecture, spectacle, performance

A chapter for the catalogue of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2002, edited by Deyan Sudjic (who was also overall Director of the event).
We have forgotten how to design for communication and interaction. We know how design messages, yes: the world is awash in print and ads and packaging and e-trash [continue …]

2002-09-12T21:03:48+00:00September 12th, 2002|[no topic]|

Creativity and the City (International conference on ‘Creativity and the City’, Amsterdam, 2002)

An international conference on ““Creativity and the City” was held in Amsterdam’s former gas works, Westergasfabriek. Westergasfabriek is the latest urban project to transform a former industrial site into a public and cultural amenity, and it wanted to share the lessons it has learned, and bring together comparable projects [continue …]

2002-06-07T13:37:27+00:00June 7th, 2002|[no topic]|

Smart matters

The European Commission made ‘ambient intelligence’ a focus of its research programmes for 2001 to 2005. In official documents, the commission sometimes replaces the words ambient intelligence with the acronym AmI – to which I, as a philosophical joke, started adding a question mark – as in,
Am I?
We [continue …]

2002-02-12T21:09:30+00:00February 12th, 2002|[no topic]|

Why is interaction design important?

I was on the launch team that helped develop teaching and research programmes for Interaction Design Institute Ivrea. One outcome was the following statement, which was written collaboratively with Gillian Crampton Smith’s team in Ivrea.
* Interaction design determines how people interact with computers and communications. This is an issue [continue …]

2001-11-12T21:11:27+00:00November 12th, 2001|[no topic]|

The design challenge of pervasive computing (vision development for European Union research consortiumConvivio 2001-2003)

Doors was responsible for vision building during the first research cycle of Convivio – the European Union network for social computing; its early members included Xerox, King’s College London, Philips, Deutsche Forschunhzentrum fur Kuenstliche Intelligenz, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Consorzio Roma Ricerche.

2023-05-05T09:26:00+00:00March 3rd, 2001|[no topic]|

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 [continue …]

2000-01-22T17:27:04+00:00January 22nd, 2000|[no topic]|

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 [continue …]

2000-01-22T17:25:36+00:00January 22nd, 2000|[no topic]|

Is technology cooking us?

Article for The Guardian (UK) in 2000 based on my CHI lecture.

What happens to society when there are hundreds of microchips for every man, woman and child on the planet? What cultural consequences follow when every object around us is ‘smart’, and connected? And what happens psychologically when you step [continue …]

2015-04-17T21:22:33+00:00January 22nd, 2000|[no topic]|

On design awards

Domus Magazine asked me about design competitions and awards.
Question 1 – the idea of “good design”
Your question reminds me that years ago, the British Design Council used to proclaim that “good design is good business” . But it was always hard to define good design, let alone to demonstrate [continue …]

2000-01-22T17:19:40+00:00January 22nd, 2000|[no topic]|
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