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. 

Winners and losers in a troubled economy

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Amid all the talk and speculation about the economic downturn and consequent tightening of marketing budgets, digital emerges as the sphere where opportunities remain to promote your business, engage existing customers and attract new ones -- all with relatively low costs.

Why we should swat The Mosquito

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The launch of the Buzz Off campaign to rid Britain’s streets of a screeching ‘anti-youth gadget’ should be welcomed - and built on.

Are marketers hiding behind UGC?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Does our infatuation with user-generated content betray a lack of creativity and conviction within the marketing industry? Martyn Perks, business consultant for cScape, asks if it's time brands took the reigns back from users.

Tracing the history of Helvetica

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A film about a font?! Yes, and it's gripping, too, showing how a sleek typeface has encouraged good design and helped to shape big ideas.

Comment: Design in denial

Thursday, November 1, 2007

For many people today ‘good’ design doesn’t appeal; instead it must be ‘worthy’. That’s a real problem. 

Don't curb design enthusiasm

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The desire for sustainability has been reinterpreted as accepting limits and narrowing choices rather than expanding how we live, work, play. This kind of make-do-with-what-we-have ethos cannot be good for design and society.

‘It looks like Lisa Simpson giving head’

Thursday, June 7, 2007

The bizarre squashed swastika that is the London 2012 Olympics logo perfectly captures the authorities' confusion about what the Games are for.

The tyranny of technology

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Promoting healthy eating, tackling truancy, improving 'social inclusion': the great potential of IT is being used for instrumental political ends.

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