Picnic Festival, Amsterdam 2011

In September I was lucky enough to go to Amsterdam to attend Picnic, a three day festival of design, science, technology, media and business. Here's a short review....

Making Ideas Happen

How do you turn inspiration into action? How do you learn from failure? How do you help organisations to innovate?These were some of the questions posed at IF Talks - Making Ideas Happen – a ‘deliberately small’ gathering of thinkers and doers in Sydney on...

It’s not always easy changing a lightbulb

Last weekend I went in to a Woolworths store to pick up a new lightbulb. While I was marvelling at the shelves of bulbs for indoor and outdoor use, nightlights, insect repellent globes, and ultraviolet party lights, a lady came in to the aisle and...

New Meld Studios website

It gives us great pleasure to be able to launch the new Meld Studios website [I feel a bit like the Queen launching a new ship - minus the champagne on a rope]. ...

eBook lending

I've always viewed the inability to lend an eBook to a friend or family-member as a severe degradation of the book-reading experience. A loss that has arisen from the differences in copyright and digital rights management as they're applied to printed and electronic materials. Despite...

Australian Online Retail Forum

Just attended the Australian Federal Government's Online Retail Forum. I was startled to hear that 58% of Australian businesses don't have websites. Fear of the inability to compete with overseas prices and cannibalism seem to be the mindset of many Australian retailers. I got the...

Niina, Jono and Kimberley, welcome to Meld Studios!

...and now we are six.Meld Studios is excited to introduce three very talented individuals that will strengthen and broaden our studio's capabilities.Please join me in welcoming Niina Talikka, Jono Yang and Kimberley Crofts. Take a look at their bios.We're not only excited about having more...

In defense of negatives

The definitions we use to describe what it is that we do - be it interaction design, service design, experience design etc - tend to be coached in positive terms. We talk about designing services that are efficient and that provide differentiation; that are useful,...