What makes a city liveable?

The 10th Liveable Cities conference was held on 10-11 July 2017 in Brisbane. The focus was on making cities more healthy for the people who live, play, visit, and work in them. There were four strong themes which emerged from the presentations I attended.Making community engagement more...

Transition Design: Design for a Brave New World

[caption id="attachment_3919" align="aligncenter" width="764"]NASA's The Blue Marble[/caption] The world today is complex. It is layered with complexity that didn't previously exist or that we didn’t previously understand. With this, the problems we face have become more complex. Sometimes referred to as wicked problems. As a...

Designing services for the enterprise

When I was 15, my neighbour introduced me to her garden. As she walked me through, she pointed to a plant and said, "That's a hosta".  Suddenly, from her naming one plant, my eyes could actually see that I was surrounded by hostas. It was in that...

Spatial Seduction by figure3

I was fortunate to have attended the wonderful and exciting Service Design Global Conference 2011 in San Francisco in late October, where Meld Studios also presented two presentations. The weather was lovely in San Francisco and I got to see a lot of...

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....