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May 2005
31 May 2005

Philips Design research projects

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Aside from the many (sometimes older) projects, the website showing Philips’ design research projects also contains an interesting movie on foresight (Delphi movie). It seems that the most recent projects are under “Smart Connections”.

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28 May 2005

NextBillion.net

 
NextBillion.net brings together the community of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, policy makers, and academics who want to explore the connection between development and enterprise. Their goal is to identify and discuss sustainable business models that address the needs of the world’s poorest citizens.

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28 May 2005

AIGA Center for Brand Experience

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Creative directors, market researchers, brand strategists and experience designers built the AIGA Center for Brand Experience in order to pool their knowledge and skills to educate the business and design communities about building successful and innovative brands.

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28 May 2005

Nathan Shedroff’s glossary of experience design

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An evolving glossary of experience design.

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27 May 2005

India firms shift from low-cost to high-tech [International Herald Tribune]

 
To some, the notion of outsourcing work to India conjures up stories of American and European software programmers being reduced to stocking supermarket shelves to make a living. To others, it evokes legions of fresh-faced Indians willing to do intense, high-skill work for low pay.

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26 May 2005

Ian Davis (McKinsey) on business and society [The Economist]

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By building social issues into strategy, big business can recast the debate about its role, argues Ian Davis of McKinsey.

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24 May 2005

For all who have never climbed a tree [Christian Science Monitor]

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‘Go out and play’ vs. ‘de-naturing of childhood’

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23 May 2005

Sensors and pixels everywhere

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Anatole Gershman, global director of research at Accenture Technology Laboratories, interviewed about Accenture’s vision for the future of technology, which includes interactive grocery carts and the ability for your wardrobe to communicate with stores.

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23 May 2005

Advertisers want something different [The New York Times]

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BBDO Worldwide in New York, General Electric’s longtime advertising agency, was not getting the message. The agency had been offering G.E. its panoply of traditional marketing ideas, leaning heavily on the standard 30-second television spot. But Judy Hu, general manager for global advertising and branding at G.E., demanded something daring. What she eventually got fit the bill: an online campaign with a virtual sprouting seed that computer users can tend and send to people they know by e-mail.

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23 May 2005

Television reloaded [Newsweek]

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It’s a transformation as significant as when we went from black-and-white to color—and it’s already underway. The promise is that you’ll be able to watch anything you want, anywhere—on a huge high-def screen or on your phone.

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23 May 2005

Television gets a mobile home [The Guardian]

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Mobile TV has been talked about for ages, probably since the first mobile phone with a colour screen became available and certainly since the launch of 3G, the faster networks that allow video to be accessed at a reasonable speed. Now, Orange has announced a £10-a-month service offering nine channels to its 3G customers, while NTL Broadcast and 02 have announced the first batch of channels for a service to be trialled in Oxford later this year.

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21 May 2005

A back-to-basics mobile launched [BBC]

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Vodafone is launching a back-to-basics mobile phone in response to customer demand for simplicity.

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21 May 2005

Animal magnetism [I.D. Magazine]

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A technology conference takes cues from nature.

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21 May 2005

A breed apart [I.D. Magazine]

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Working across borders, designers Reed Kram and Clemens Weisshaar create a new strain of furniture.

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21 May 2005

A city with drive [The Independent]

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Stephen Bayley takes a pit stop in Turin, and finds the hometown of Fiat is fuelled by fast cars and fabulous food.

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21 May 2005

Office culture [Financial Times]

 
“So how do you feel about e-mail?” asks Simon Roberts, a social anthropologist. “How has it changed your workload?”

This is not what social anthropologists are usually expected to ask: they observe courtship rituals, try to interpret ancient chants, analyse gift-giving or tribal cosmology.

Simon Roberts, however, is searching for meanings in the daily life of Peter Quest, a senior auditor, who works for the global accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers, in a featureless tower block in central London. Quest, who has spent 32 years at the firm, manifests unease. “I call my e-mails the triffids,” he says, referring to the killer plants in John Wyndham’s 1950s novel. “You can spend all day killing them, then you turn your back for a second and those red things, those triffids, have taken over your screen again! It eats up your day. When I started my career we used to spend lots of time talking to clients and colleagues. Now it’s harder.”

Roberts is patient. “But I have noticed that people here don’t seem to classify e-mail as ‘real’ work. They sit at their desk doing e- mails and then say, ‘Right, now let’s do some work’ – but e-mail is taking up work time. Perhaps that is the problem?”

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20 May 2005

Seoul machine [Wired Magazine]

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Cell phones. Memory chips. Plasma TVs. How Samsung made Korea a consumer electronics superpower.

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19 May 2005

Korea’s plan for key future technologies and their implications

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Between 15 and 20 years into the future, Korean people’s long-time wish of living longer and healthier lives will come true and Korea will enter an era of space travel by completing the development of manned spaceship.

Such predictions came from a study conducted by the National Science & Technology Council. The council announced a total of 761 technological tasks in eight areas, namely aerospace, materials and production, information and knowledge, food and biological resources, life and health, energy and environment, security, and territory management and social infrastructure.

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18 May 2005

Berlusconi ‘miracle’ turns into mirage [International Herald Tribune]

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Silvio Berlusconi’s unfulfilled promises may trouble Italians – but in Europe they add to the prime minister’s reputation as one of the most unloved continental leaders in recent memory.

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18 May 2005

Desert campaign to save humanity [BBC]

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The Dalai Lama and a host of Nobel prize winners have joined actor Richard Gere for a conference aimed at righting the wrongs of modern humanity.

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