Now is a Good Time to be a Designer

Tim Brown of IDEO recently wrote that “much of what we are able to do with design is dependent on the context in which we ask our questions.” After all, as he understands it “an innovatoris someone who is able to ask a question that no one else has thought to ask.” Even better, one…

Out with Analog

I have always wondered if we are going in the right direction with all of our technologies. Today, many seem to be contemplating the difference between an analog world and the digital. Either way, they are both rather indicative of the advanced technologies of their times. Today’s¬†digital world is rather encompassing and pervasive. When riding…

The Pressure of Progress

There is so much occuring. Many changes each day, like grains of sand moving through the hour glass. With fresh eyes we see the world as it is and as it is becoming. Today, social media and tomorrow, the world. Our societies are fast merging, melding, coupling. In little time we will be one, brothers…

We Are Not Doomed…

In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle the respected venture capitalist Vinod Khosla asserts that: Anything that requires people to change their habits has a low probability of success. He goes on to say that his assertion has “been proven over and over again” and that it is now an accepted truth in the…

Light a Candle…

In the developed world, and in most urban environments throughout the world, electricity is taken as a guarantee. What then of the day that energy production stumbles? How many of us have candles in our homes? Why do we have these relics of an age without electrical generation? Do we have these artifacts of the…

Off to a Silly Start

This morning a coworker linked me to a description of a new PhD to be offered by RIT. Sadly, the topic and title for this new PhD is “Sustainability.” Linguists and Philosophers involved in the field of ecologically conscious design at all levels understand the problem with using the word sustainable to define solutions. The…

Following up on the Small World

The concept of the Small World and the chain-links gripped me. This post follows on that discussion. A fascinating game grew out of this discussion. One of us suggested performing the following experiment to prove that the population of the Earth is closer together now than they have ever been before. We should select any…