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5 May 2015
Experientia designer Dohun YuLuck Jang 유록 in Design 4 Disaster

Design 4 Disaster features an engaging illustrated safety manual for ship passengers, a personal project by Experientia designer Dohun YuLuck Jang 유록. After the Korean ferry accident last year, Yuluck (who is Korean) wanted to find a way to make safety manuals more interesting to read. He spent one year designing an interactive safety guide […]

16 March 2015
Better Health and Wellbeing: Giving the elderly in Singapore sparkling golden years

Invitation: sharing session, Singapore, 30 March 2015   What are the hopes and fears of the elderly in Singapore? How can designers offer solutions that support the elderly in managing their health and wellness? What can healthcare professionals do to help them keep active? What role can technology play in the elderly’s daily lives? Design consultants […]

1 January 2015
Happy Playful New Year
21 December 2014
Experientia’s Twitter feed live

Experientia has now its own Twitter feed. Four months of Putting People First posts and other links have already been uploaded. If you followed Experientia on Twitter through the feed of its CEO, Mark Vanderbeeken, make sure to now also follow the company (but don’t unfollow Mark, who will keep on tweeting away). And while […]

19 December 2014
Putting People First blog redesigned

Experientia’s Putting People First blog has been redesigned. It is now entirely responsive, allows for easier browsing, searching, and filtering, and features larger images on the posts. The entire history of posts remains accessible as before. We are still tweaking things and welcome any feedback.

27 November 2014
Why the world needs anthropologists – an update

Why the world needs anthropologists – Coming out of the ivory tower Location: Padua, Italy, Centro Culturale Altinate/San Gaetano Date and time: Friday, 5 December 2014, 13:00 – 18:00 Padua, Italy, 5 December 2014 – The second edition of the international symposium of applied anthropologists attempts to erase the boundary between ‘pure’ and ‘applied’ anthropology, […]

25 May 2009
John Thackara on clean growth

Design Innovation Scotland has published a white paper by John Thackara, entitled Clean Growth: From Mindless Development to Design Mindfulness. It’s the first in a series whose aim is “to stimulate thought and debate about…radical solutions to real-world challenges”. The intended readers are regional economic development professionals and policy makers.

1 April 2009
Videos of presentations by Dan Saffer, Robert Fabricant and John Thackara

I just posted three videos of the recent Interaction09 conference on Core77: Dan Saffer – Attention Awareness for Interaction Designers 2009 Dan Saffer calls out the Interaction Design community for allowing distracting topics to consume our attention, and for paying too little attention to “moonwalking bears,” the opportunities interaction designers can take advantage of in […]

3 July 2007
Business Week on John Thackara’s sustainable design approach and what business is learning from it
13 June 2007
John Thackara on designing with people to address climate change
20 December 2005
John Thackara lecture on solidarity economics & design: life after consumerism

Last week John Thackara, director of Doors of Perception and author of In the bubble: designing in a complex world, lectured at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) on Solidarity economics and design: life after consumerism. The word ‘development’ implies that we advanced people in the North have the […]

8 December 2005
John Thackara reflecting on a brand new UK report on creativity in business

The [just published] Cox Review of Creativity in Business has been eagerly awaited by the design industry. Many creatives in the UK (as in other industrialised countries) fondly believe that while manufacturing and call centres may emigrate to cheaper countries, their brand of ‘creativity’ is immune. They expected the Cox Review to confirm this warm […]

30 August 2005
John Thackara voicing doubts again on EU research priorities

The European Commission has published a new plan, called i2010 for ‘the completion of a Single European Information Space’. The Commission proposes an 80% increase in funding for ICT research focused on areas where Europe has recognised strengths: nano-electronics, embedded systems, communications, and ’emerging areas such as web-services and cognitive systems’. Now you probably knew, […]

24 August 2005
Koolhaas and Thackara discussing design and globalisation at London’s V&A

  Rem Koolhaas, Founder and Director, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, and John Thackara, Director, Doors of Perception, will be the keynote speakers at the 2005 Global Design Critical Debate on design and globalisation at London’s V&A Museum on Friday 14 October 2005. In the 21st century, design appears to have become a truly global art […]

2 August 2005
John Thackara critisises the EU’s “tech first” approach

John Thackara, director of Doors of Perception, just posted a critical comment on how the EU’s innovation and research programmes put an emphasis on tech rather than on people. For instance, the EU’s Information Society Technologies programme contains, according to Thackara, “a lot of tech but not much soc”. Thackara points out that, despite the […]

8 June 2005
John Thackara: “Interaction Ivrea morphing”

In his June Doors of Perception e-mail newsletter, John Thackara comments on the move of Interaction Design Institute Ivrea to Milan: “A brutal policy change by its main sponsor, Telecom Italia, has forced Interaction Design Institute Ivrea to move to Milan and effectively merge with Domus Academy. The two organisations describe the move stoically as […]

8 June 2005
John Thackara’s “In The Bubble”

We’re filling up the world with technology and devices, but we’ve lost sight of an important question: What is this stuff for? What value does it add to our lives? So asks author John Thackara in his new book, In the Bubble: Designing for a Complex World. Read book summary

2 November 2014
A constructionist approach to behaviour change and the Internet of Things

Dan Lockton just posted an essay on how to enable social and environmental behaviour change by using IoT-type technologies for practical co-creation and constructionist public engagement. It got him immediately some Sunday morning Twitter commentary from Bruce Sterling and John Thackara – to which he reacted – which no doubt will massively increase the readership […]

15 April 2013
Does design thinking address quick fixes at the expense of root causes?

Does design thinking address quick fixes at the expense of root causes, asks John Thackara, referring to “Why the d.school has its limits,” a provocative article in The Stanford Daily by Danny Buerkli, a Swiss Fulbright student at Stanford University: “Like any method, design thinking structures how you approach and conceptualize a problem. The way […]

21 August 2012
The first Informal Economy Symposium in Barcelona – October 12, 2012

HOW WILL the informal economy impact the global business landscape? The landscape of the Informal Economy is vast – from street vending to P2P networks, from piracy to ad-hoc businesses – it is the fastest growing sector of both emerging and developed markets. In fact, the global informal sector has been growing even in the […]

10 June 2012
Manifesto for design upholding human talents and innovation

This morning I got an invite in the mail to attend a London design symposium at Brunel University next week (16 June) that will debate the core themes of a new design manifesto, strangely called “Big Potatoes” Although I cannot attend the debates at such short notice, the manifesto itself and the themes of the […]

5 March 2012
Book: The Transition Companion

The Transition Companion: making your community more resilient in uncertain times by Rob Hopkins Chelsea Green Pub Co, November 2011 320 pages Abstract In 2008, the bestselling The Transition Handbook suggested a model for a community-led response to peak oil and climate change. Since then, the Transition idea has gone viral across the globe, from […]

20 September 2011
Transform Conference at Mayo Clinic (videos)

A week ago Mayo Clinic — the world’s largest and first integrated nonprofit medical practice — hosted the Transform symposium in Rochester, Minn., USA. The event focused on innovations and designing solutions to transform the experience and delivery of health care. Videos of most of presentations are now online. Speakers are listed here in the […]

23 July 2011
Ten Ways to Redesign Design Competitions

John Thackara has been a juror on a series of sustainability and design competitions recently. And he has become a bit frustrated. Most of them, he says, miss their tremendous potential of stimulating fresh thinking, posing new questions, exploring new solutions, starting new conversations, bringing positive energy, fostering connections between people, and motivating diverse group […]

5 August 2010
Design for social change and the museum

From April 12 through April 14, 2010, 22 designers, historians, curators, educators and journalists met at Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center on Lake Como, in Italy, to discuss the museum’s role in the 21st century in relation to design for social change. Participants (including Paolo Antonelli, Andrew Blauvelt, Allan Chochinov and John Thackara) from a spectrum […]

25 June 2010
Essays on service design in higher education

COTEN, the collaborative online research project exploring service design for higher education in 2010, features some interesting lecture essays: Small change and re-thinking education (audio) by Nabeel Hamdi 17 May 2010 Our first Special Guest is Nabeel Hamdi who, in this interview with Andy Polaine, talks about both his approach to development work, which advocates […]

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