Design Posts

We are all collaborative now

Published 5 September 2017

When suppliers and consumers use IT to ‘co-design’ new products and services, does that really represent democracy and empowerment?

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The future of sleep

The future of sleep

Published 15 July 2017

Folks, I have seen the future of sleep. It is Chinese, and cheap. Man Wah Holdings, a £700m furniture company headquartered in Hong Kong, has brought its new SleepCheers mattresses to showrooms in North Carolina.

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Smart pipes

Industrial strategy, UK: where to back labs, prototypes and designs

Published 1 April 2017

This document is part of an Institute of Ideas Economy Forum response to the British Government’s Green Paper on industrial strategy, a consultation launched by business minister Greg Clark. The full response is available by clicking on this link:
Go for Growth

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Boris Mikailovich Kustodiev, Bolshevik, 1920, Oil on canvas, 101 x 140.5 cm, State Tretyakov Gallery, Photo © State Tretyakov Gallery. All images supplied by Royal Academy of Arts

The art of revolution

Published 3 March 2017

The RA’s Russian Revolution show captures the idealism of 1917 – and the gloom of what followed

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Rodchenko: the complete work

Back in the USSR

Published 3 March 2017

As a centenary show at the Royal Academy of Art revives British interest in the design output of Russia after 1917, this review of SO Khan-Magomedov, Rodchenko: the complete work (Thames and Hudson, 1986) looks at one of the founding fathers of Soviet design

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Innovation in India

Where is Indian design going?

Published 17 May 2016

On 17 February 2016 in Mumbai, after a two-year gap, the India Design Forum (IDF) holds its third conference.

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Worldwide protectionist measures taken between 2008 and 2013. Source: Global Trade Alert

The spiral into neo-protectionism

Published 5 March 2016

Especially since the 1980s, design and architecture have been international in character.

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Disaster relief

Design and the future of disaster relief

Published 8 January 2016

I believe in man-made climate change. Yet with or without it, the world needs more growth, not less, if it’s to prevent extreme weather or man-made chaos bringing disaster. The same holds for design after a disaster has struck. We need an approach that’s practical, not preachy.

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Design magazine 1979

Design and the future of IT

Published 16 October 2015

I will tell you one thing about IT. In international design, the Powers That Be are infatuated with it.

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Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State

Humanitarian design = cultural imperialism

Published 16 June 2015

Developed economies have all done raw material-munching, pollution-belching industrial revolutions.

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The coming niches for UK design

Published 13 May 2015

Where could the UK economy go next? Manufacturing accounts for 70 per cent of UK R&D, and large foreign firms take 54 per cent of it.

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James Woudhuysen, futurologist

Design and Quality

Published 2 February 2015

Years ago, I used to interview some of the world’s top product and graphic designers.

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Total interaction

Interaction design and the failure of post-modernism

Published 20 August 2007

Review of Gerhard M Buurman, Ed, Total interaction: theory and practice of a new paradigm for the design disciplines. Birkhäuser, 2005, 367pp, 135 colour illustrations, 105 line drawings

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Futures and trends: foresight, forecasting or futurology

Published 20 August 2006

In brief, the market launch of a new product or service takes place months, and usually years, after its original conception and design.

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Report on design for Glasgow Development Agency, 1994

Published 9 April 1994

Glasgow Development Agency (GDA) wants quickly and visibly to help Glaswegian firms improve the calibre of their design.

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Chinese Propaganda

The graphics of China

Published 12 November 1990

Chinese graphic design in the twentieth century, by Scott Minick and Jiao Ping, Thames & Hudson, 1990

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Sgt Pepper

Sgt Pepper and all that

Published 29 May 1987

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, released in May 1967, was part of an explosion in international visual awareness. What are the lessons of the design boom of the 1960s?

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The Listener September 1985

A new kind of nationalism in design

Published 12 September 1985

The geopolitics of design: it is emerging as a highly tangible form of economic aggression

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