The Enlightenment philosopher David Hume proposed that identity is nothing but the bundle of our past experiences. Don't test me on this, because I just read it on Wikipedia, but it seems like a good place to start this piece of introspection on the need for a unified identity. It goes like this. Context: I … Continue reading Pattern: Bundle of identity
From Simon Thurley's fascinating Buildings That Shaped Britain we learn that Isambard Kingdom Brunel had only once travelled on a train when he designed the gloriously non-standard Great Western Railway from London Paddington to Bristol. Now that, for good or ill, is the difference between innovation and design.
There are places a cameraphone just cannot, umm, go. Places like the men's toilets at King's Cross Station. (Stay with me on this one.) There you'll find a sticking plaster product design solution that would be at home in a Don Norman book: a hand-dryer so sleekly built into the wall that someone's sellotaped the … Continue reading Text – gets to the parts that cameraphones just can’t reach