We have ways of making you healthy

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Design is the new Big Idea in preventative medicine, but there’s nothing healthy about lifestyle manipulation.

Can design change the world (and should it try)?

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Designers Society talk, in association with Plymouth University Faculty of Art Plymouth

Is it irresponsible to want design that is radical, experimental, is risky and that can challenge the brief? Or if not, then what is design for? And why does any of this matter?

Designing behaviour and healthcare

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Is this behaviour led approach more benevolent than the old universal model, will it result in better healthcare, or is it unacceptably authoritarian?

Why brands shouldn't get lost in the Twitter storm

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Last Month’s Media 140 London event looked at how brands can make the most out of social media. As Martyn Perks watched the tweeters steal the limelight from the speakers, he wondered how brands can avoid the same thing happening to them.

Shaping Social Policy: Designers and Health

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Battle of Ideas festival 2009, Royal College of Art, London

Everyone agrees healthcare needs to be improved, but can attempts to alter patients’ and staff’s behaviour succeed? And will focusing on patient satisfaction be enough to transform the NHS and wider healthcare provision?

Shaping Social Policy: Designers and Crime

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Forget the police: a new crime-buster is on the block. Designers claim they can lead the charge in the fight against crime.

Battle in Print: Shaping social policy: designers and health

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Is design’s intervention in healthcare a good thing, or will it ultimately make matters worse—especially for those in greatest need of a cure?

Social media is more about creating loyalty than new ideas

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Social media is less about searching for new ideas than it is about brand building and loyalty. But brands need more than loyalty to remain competitive, especially in a recession. The excitement in social media might turn out to be an unfortunate diversion away from the necessary task of having to invest in the long-term. If that turns out to be true, we may all become more disloyal because of it and decide to shop elsewhere. 

Powerful Connections

Monday, October 19, 2009

The rise of ‘virtual communities’ has changed the face of politics. But are MPs genuine about online engagement – or is it just more spin?

A transparent attempt at social engineering

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The initiative to re-design pub glasses to stop them being used as weapons overhypes the problem and the solution.

Digital Britain: welcome to the slow lane

Digital Britain report
Monday, June 1, 2009

The UK government’s report on the future of the internet and the creative industries replaces the freedom to innovate with an overwhelming impulse to regulate everything.

This is no time to call the ‘design police’

Friday, December 5, 2008

By reorganising our lives around suspicion and the fear of crime, design can leave us feeling insecure - and less free.

‘Nudging’: the very antithesis of choice

Monday, December 1, 2008

‘Libertarian paternalism’ represents a retreat from political debate, and the rise of a base psychological agenda that wants to make us conform on green, health and lifestyle issues.

The best foundation for the web: open debate

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tim Berners-Lee’s new group aims for a ‘free and open’ web, but the idea of ‘rating’ content would close down discussion.

Organised defeat?

Friday, September 12, 2008

You’d be forgiven for not realising we’re in the midst of a social media revolution. 

The rise and rise of 'anti-design'

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Designers who focus on producing only meek and sustainable things are denying their own creativity and impact on the world.

Hands off our internet connections

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A new UK parliamentary report says the internet must be regulated to protect children - even though there’s no proof they are being harmed.

Changing the meaning of ‘change’

Friday, August 1, 2008

Charles Leadbeater tries to convince a sceptical Martyn Perks about the positive powers of 'we think' and how unleashing the creative potential of ambitious individuals could potentially overhaul society.

Guest Comment: Creativity versus Counting

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Is the digital industry becoming too dependent on using web analytics to asses customer behaviour?

Can design cut crime?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Government attempts to ‘design out’ crime by sticking anti-theft, noise-emitting devices around the country will make us feel less secure.