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Stuff-o-Meter

Yesterday’s Doors of Perception Report pointed you to an out-of-date url. The Call for the D&AD stuff-o-metre competition is here

2006-10-05T12:34:39+00:00October 5th, 2006|[no topic]|

Dog days for the health service

After this I promise to stop obsessing about mad people running the world. But really. Today’s Guardian reports that Richard Granger, architect of the world’s biggest imploding IT project, compared the NHS project to a sled being pulled by huskies. “When one of the dogs goes lame, [continue …]

2006-08-26T10:46:59+00:00August 26th, 2006|[no topic]|

Cough, splutter, choke…..

Every time I open my computer these days another monstrosity makes me choke on my cocopops. On Monday it was reading the loony-tunes head of Saatchi and Saatchi talk about “war as a brand” (see below). Today I started to read Wally Olins – another eminence of design and communications [continue …]

2022-08-28T14:53:48+00:00August 25th, 2006|[no topic]|

Climate porn

‘Climate porn’is turning the public away from action on the environment. So argues the UK’s Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). In a report called ‘Warm Words: How are we telling the climate story and can we tell it better?’, the think tank has accused the media, the [continue …]

2006-08-21T08:10:35+00:00August 21st, 2006|[no topic]|

What a gas

PICNIC’06 is a new Amsterdam event to do with “creativity in cross media content and technology”. PICNIC includes a conference, lectures, an exhibition, art installations, and parties. The conference (I’m speaking at it on the Friday) will explore the distribution of content over different channels and will examine new [continue …]

2006-08-15T16:49:29+00:00August 15th, 2006|[no topic]|

Designing naked streets

When Paul Barter posted a link to a video of a chaotic looking Indian intersection, back in April, it provoked debate on the merits of traffic discipline versus chaos. A discussion ensued on issues about shared space or “naked streets” approaches to streets and the public realm. The video [continue …]

2006-08-12T16:00:06+00:00August 12th, 2006|[no topic]|

Send in the Canadians

Ivorybill’s Iraq Journal, a great piece of writing from Kurdistan in Daily Kos, includes this sublime conversation with Ahmed, one of the cab drivers who drove him from Turkey to Kurdish Iraq. “Ahmed’s contact with people outside of Iraq has mostly been with the foreign telecom engineers who erected [continue …]

2022-08-28T14:54:03+00:00August 5th, 2006|[no topic]|

Eastern Economic Edition of “In The Bubble”

Prentice Hall India have issued an Eastern Economic Edition of “In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World”. (I made a completely random selction of words from recent published reviews: “enriching” (Paola Antonelli), “excellent” (Nancy Levinson), “brilliant” (Paul Hawken), “a revelation” (J C Herz), “important” (Don Norman), “captivating” (Bruce [continue …]

2006-08-01T06:00:16+00:00August 1st, 2006|[no topic]|

Not quite so new

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It’s twenty years since Stuart Jane and I made this book for Thames and Hudson. One of the bright young things whose work we put in a book for the first time was James Dyson. By 1986, his patented G-Force vacuum cleaner was being produced [continue …]

2022-08-28T14:54:31+00:00July 24th, 2006|[no topic]|

Why Englishmen do it with their socks on

Did you know this? “In the old days, women exposed their adulterous husbands by marking their left and right socks”. I never heard this before. But this makes me a minority among Englishmen, I now realise, because they (we) have been ridiculed for decades for making love with our socks [continue …]

2006-07-20T07:27:57+00:00July 20th, 2006|[no topic]|

Power Laws Of Innovation

I’m at a Cursos De Verano (summer school) near Madrid. Just down the corridor, a bunch of senior generals are discussing the “army of the 21st century”. Next to them, a some egg-head priests are discussing “the church of the 21st century”. Our lot is doing innovation of the 21st [continue …]

2006-07-18T14:54:06+00:00July 18th, 2006|[no topic]|

The $100k house

In this new book Karrie Jacobs travels America in a “quest for a house to call home in the modern world”. It’s not a conventional architecture book; rather, it’s an account of a road trip Jacobs took in 2003 — over 14,000 miles — to meet with architects and builders [continue …]

2006-07-14T08:31:18+00:00July 14th, 2006|[no topic]|

Fuel cells to Newcastle?

What would it mean, in practical design terms, to make one household carbon neutral? We’ll discuss this at the next Dott 07 (Designs of the Time) Explorers Club meeting on 11 July. The event takes place at the Robert Stephenson Centre in Newcastle, UK. Many of the greenhouse gas [continue …]

2006-07-05T06:24:35+00:00July 5th, 2006|[no topic]|

Media war

Apropos doing it, vs making media about it: Yesterday’s Sunday Times in London contained an extraordinary account of fighting and near-death encounters in Afghanistan. The narrative concludes with the following surreal event: “Tribal elders are shown into a room where a projector has been set up. Someone in London has [continue …]

2006-07-03T08:41:42+00:00July 3rd, 2006|[no topic]|

Doors of Perception 9: “Juice”

Doors of Perception 9 takes place in New Delhi, 1-4 March 2007. The theme is “Juice” and the subject is food, fuel and design. The encounter (we have stopped calling ourselves a conference) has several parts: A two-day Project Leaders Round Table for c30 people who will be invited after [continue …]

2006-06-15T07:05:26+00:00June 15th, 2006|[no topic]|

Event design and quality time

If a client offers you a budget of $1500 per person to design a large event for thousands of people, do you refuse? I don’t think so.The environmental impact of large trade shows and conferences might be damaging – and the experience for those attending them may be impoverished – [continue …]

2006-06-13T07:48:49+00:00June 13th, 2006|[no topic]|

What’s in a name?

Do ethnographers need exotic names to do well in business? A story in Business Week features two guys called “J. Wilton L. Agatstein Jr” (who runs Intel’s new emerging-markets unit) and “Timothy deWaal Malefyt” (an anthropologist who runs ‘cultural discovery’ at ad firm BBDO Worldwide). The readers [continue …]

2006-06-02T06:32:01+00:00June 2nd, 2006|[no topic]|

Is the future old news?

Is it time to put the future out of our misery? Design can be valuable as a forecasting tool, and designers are great hunter-gatherers of ideas. We should develop that role further. But we should not just look ahead in time, and not just look for technology trends. In particular, [continue …]

2006-05-31T17:31:36+00:00May 31st, 2006|[no topic]|

Alternatives to Geldofism: lecture notes and resources

A few weeks back I gave a lecture at the Royal Society of Arts in London entitled “Solidarity economics & design”. The lecture was provoked by the sick-making antics of Bob Geldof and the assumptions he and others made about ‘development’. I argued that the word ‘development’ implies that we [continue …]

2006-05-04T07:40:44+00:00May 4th, 2006|[no topic]|

To my friends at Microsoft

Someone programmed Word to flash this pop-up at me Every…. Single…. Time…. that I press “Save” whilst typing. “You have 22 days remaining until the Microsoft Office Test Drive expires. To order your copy of Office 2004, click Buy Now”. This happens every 30 seconds or so. Now whether or [continue …]

2022-08-28T14:55:31+00:00April 29th, 2006|[no topic]|

Green design goes A-List

Did we say that green design needs to be less sad and more glamorous? Brad Pitt, who has few reasons to be sad that we’re aware of, narrates a six-part television series on ecologically friendly architecture, called Design-e², which launches in June on PBS in the US. The [continue …]

2006-04-11T04:34:10+00:00April 11th, 2006|[no topic]|

Low-carb clusters

As noted yesterday, it makes me nervous that so much money is pouring into biotech clusters; the sector has bubble-like features and is based on a absurd proposition: that technology will help us cheat death. New and renewable energy is a surer bet for a region’s economic future. World [continue …]

2006-03-31T13:54:29+00:00March 31st, 2006|[no topic]|

Doors in D.C.

I’ll be in Washington DC for the nights of 29, 30, 31 March (for IDSA/Business Week jury duty). If you’re in DC (or know Doors persons there) we could meet for a Doors brunch on Saturday morning (April 1). Interested? Then mail me: john@doorsofperception.com

2006-03-25T08:22:58+00:00March 25th, 2006|[no topic]|

Utopia by design? Creative communities in Europe

An international seminar on design, welfare and local development takes place in Milan on 28 March. The event concludes the two year Emude project (in which Doors is a partner) that explored social innovation in 10 European countries. Emude is a Europe-wide investigation into the phenomenon of people who, in [continue …]

2006-03-17T06:28:54+00:00March 17th, 2006|[no topic]|

Doors 9 discussion in New Delhi

As part of our preparations for Doors 9 in India next year (March 2007) there will be a small round table meeting of art curators and cultural producers in New Delhi in the afternoon of March 10. Representatives from funding agencies, cultural missions, art galleries, event spaces, museums, schools of [continue …]

2006-02-23T08:20:51+00:00February 23rd, 2006|[no topic]|

“Alert and doing fine”

Harry Whittington, 78, was “alert and doing fine” after being shot by Vice President Cheney. The same could be said of US bloggers for whom the story has been a much appreciated gift.

2006-02-13T07:18:21+00:00February 13th, 2006|[no topic]|

Feast of light

A fabulous-sounding event this Sunday is Aurora Feast. Heureka Science Centre, Vantaa, Finland, hosts a celebration of the mysterious, dynamic and whimsical Northern Lights. Recapturing of the mood of traditional feasts, Aurora Feast intertwines the spectacle of sights and sounds with talk and food. Artists and scientists will [continue …]

2006-02-03T14:51:29+00:00February 3rd, 2006|[no topic]|

Creative communities and social innovation

For service design, public services are an enormous opportunity – half the economy in most industrial countries. This seminar in Helsinki, on Friday 10 February, is about framing the welfare and care story as a series of design opportunities. Speakers include Ezio Manzini (on creative communities and active welfare); John [continue …]

2006-01-30T08:28:51+00:00January 30th, 2006|[no topic]|

Bottles half-full

Africans are twice as optimistic as Europeans. According to a survey of 52,000 people around the world by Gallup International (reported in The Economist of 17 January), African people come top when asked if they expect this year to be better than last year. Asked to explain the apparent anomaly [continue …]

2006-01-12T10:49:09+00:00January 12th, 2006|[no topic]|

Human sciences and design

On January 13, Donald Norman will receive an honorary doctorate from the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering in Delft. On January 12 a symposium will take place on how the human sciences infuse design, with Donald Norman, Josephine Green, Henk Janssen (Indes) and Paul Hekkert (IO) as the [continue …]

2006-01-02T21:34:42+00:00January 2nd, 2006|[no topic]|

Doors of Perception Report: archive

A good friend mentioned last night that she enjoys Doors of Perception Report (the monthly email newsletter that accompanies this blog) but often puts it aside for later reading – “it’s so dense” – and then loses the thing. This is why we made this handy archive.

2005-12-07T16:58:26+00:00December 7th, 2005|[no topic]|

Heavy development

(Inez, South Korea) My campaign to lighten up the global economy,as a key aspect of the transition to sustainability, suffered two morale-sapping reality-checks this week. Firstly, UNCTAD announced that the weight of cargo carried on the world’s sea lanes rose 4.5 percent in 2004, and the capacity – [continue …]

2005-12-04T15:21:33+00:00December 4th, 2005|[no topic]|

Minihompy tales

(Seoul) “That was quite an eye-opener. I thought design was only about MP3 players and mobile phones”. Hee-Beom Lee, Korea’s minister of commerce industry and energy, was not being ironic. Most industry ministers I ever met spend their days trying to boost high-tech. But for Mr Lee the opposite holds [continue …]

2005-12-02T00:03:43+00:00December 2nd, 2005|[no topic]|

New Doors of Perception adventure

Doors of Perception is to be part of a year-long festival of social innovation and service design, in the UK, called Designs of the Time, or Dott. Throughout 2007, the whole North East region of the UK will explore ways we can carry out familiar, daily-life activities in new [continue …]

2005-11-28T15:36:34+00:00November 28th, 2005|[no topic]|

Future currents

One third of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions come from residential households. Householders could reduce this by making their houses more efficient, generating their own energy, switching suppliers, or simply switching off. But power bills are confusing, energy use is invisible, and installations are tedious. The RED team [continue …]

2005-11-06T17:16:40+00:00November 6th, 2005|[no topic]|

‘In the bubble’ hall of fame

My request that readers send me any errors they have spotted in my book ‘In The Bubble’ (which is to be reprinted) worked a treat. Thank you, thank you: Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Gale Moore, Larry Bouthillier, Christian Gänshirt, Ido Bruno, Michael Hohl, Peter Martin, and Victor Bayon. These eagle-eyed persons [continue …]

2005-10-25T08:55:42+00:00October 25th, 2005|[no topic]|

‘In The Bubble’ barter opportunity

If you:
a) possess a copy of ‘In The Bubble’; and/or
b) have read it; and
c) found any errors in it (names, typos, dead urls etc)
…then please let me know. MIT Press are reprinting the book and need my corrections by 28 October. I will give a free signed copy of the [continue …]

2005-10-08T11:23:16+00:00October 8th, 2005|[no topic]|
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