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On death and design

May 13, 2017

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If you’re under 60, reasonably healthy and unencumbered by mental illness you probably don’t think about death much. But it’s inevitable and one of the few things you only get to experience once. That experience matters. How we expire and what we decide before then is important not only to the dying but to the […]

How to make a GIF (and other essential skills)

January 28, 2017

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As we get used to the new normal (i.e. computing and Internet services everywhere) we need to rethink the skills that are important. For educators there’s a renewed focus on teaching STEM subjects, and a new computing syllabus that starts at age 5 (aside: great idea, but only if primary school teachers are computer literate […]

WTF is marketing science?

January 11, 2017

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As work changes, so do job titles. A few years ago, the idea that “the jobs we will all be doing in 10 years don’t exist yet” entered the mainstream, through Don Tapscott’s The Net Generation. That’s not to say we won’t continue to have doctors, accountants and lawyers; but the high-demand growth careers will be […]

Virtual reality and the applied science of distraction

October 28, 2016

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VR might be emerging from the “trough of disillusionment” to treat pain and anxiety in a clinical setting It’s not every day you see someone wearing a VR headset in a hospital. But that could be about to change. A Swedish pharmacy chain is piloting VR headsets and their own “Happy place” app to relax […]

Mapping the future

October 21, 2016

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If you breathe deep enough you might just get a waft of the coming season: not autumn, winter, or Christmas… Trends season! Specifically, the 2017 marketing and technology trends season. (No need to hide your enthusiasm…) With the future fast approaching, it’s already on people’s minds: The 99 Percent Invisible podcast covered how two trends networks, […]

Are you busy?

October 7, 2016

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Yep, thought so – who isn’t?! After all, “busy” is now the standard response when you ask how someone is. Our days are largely based around reactive activity: responding to emails, answering questions, and tackling problems that crop up. Such is modern life, that we even feel busy when our personal email overflows, or we’ve 60 unread […]

Taking your campaign global: the challenges and quirks of multi-lingual marketing

September 28, 2016

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Is the world really getting smaller? Astronomically speaking, no. (TLDR – the Earth is actually gaining mass from solar dust and rising global temperatures). But it definitely feels smaller. We live more international lives. We’re affected by rapid changes on the other side of the world. And we communicate without borders: email, WhatsApp and Facebook keep […]