Design, Technology and Productivity: The Year Ahead

Originally published on BrightStarr. Like the weather, predictions tend to be… unpredictable. Instead, a better aphorism to use is what Alan Kay, pioneer of object-orientated programming and the GUI famously said: ‘the best way to predict the future is to invent it’. With that in mind, we at BrightStarr think there are three key themes Continue Reading

The 1 rule all designers should live by

Originally published by www.webdesignerdepot.com.

When Thomas Heatherwick’s 2012 Olympic cauldron unfolded its 204 petals on a warm summer’s evening in London during the opening ceremony, many gasped in awe. It captured brilliantly, in a moment, the optimism and human achievement that’s the core of the Olympic spirit. It was something that no-one had seen before, nor expected; unique in its boldness, arguably setting a new standard.

Can your intranet drive innovation?

Originally published on BrightStarr. Who’s meeting the innovation challenge head-on? There is thankfully good news. Some businesses are facing up to these challenges by placing a greater emphasis on design and innovation, in the hope that it will reengineer their customers’ trust by bringing out new products and services. Barclays bank is one such example. No Continue Reading

The Future of Health: Ethics and Privacy

Originally published on Cheltenham Science Festival Cheltenham Science Festival 2015 Internet of Things technologies – fitness wristbands and smart watches – are moving health from the hospital to the home. But if your watch, thermostat and games console could manage your well-being, how would you feel about being constantly monitored? Engineer Ian Craddock and social scientist Madeleine Murtagh delve into Continue Reading

Hacking the Internet of Things

Originally published on Cheltenham Science Festival Cheltenham Science Festival 2015 If it’s connected to the internet, it’s vulnerable to cyberattacks. If that’s your computer, you probably have defences in place – but what about if it’s your fridge? Or TV, or even your children’s toys? The Internet of Things allows a revolutionary way of life, but Continue Reading