Some unformed thoughts on Ambient Intimacy for the next generation

My little boy is six months old tomorrow. I’ve been thinking a lot, since he’s been around, about what the world looks like to him now, what it might be like in the future, and trying to understand how his little brain develops and turns him into a real little person (incredibly quickly, as it turns out). I’ve been thinking a bit about this lately…

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Thoughtless design is going to cost me money… (or, why you shouldn’t ignore conventions)

Here is a new phone we got the other day. It’s our landline phone. Pretty cute huh? It’s called the Aqua by BT. Don’t buy it. I paid about £100 for a set of these phones. They are going to cost me a lot more than that in no time. Here’s the thing. How do you end a call on a slide phone (which is…

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On documentation (or lack thereof)

I was talking to someone recently about doing some work with them. They said ‘can you send me some examples of documentation you’ve done lately’ – they wanted this to check that I could do what I said I could. Fair enough. Except, aside from the fact that all the documentation I’ve done lately is commercially confidential, so I’d have to hack it around a…

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Interesting08

I haven’t quite been able to watch this myself yet, but here is a video that someone took at the Interesting08 conference last weekend. I spoke about the development of the human brain and the importance of social interaction for babies. It was an excellent day – makes me feel only slightly better about missing Reboot10 this week. Not sure what the quality is like,…

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