Can design save healthcare?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Norsk Form, Oslo, Norway

Should design help make cutbacks that target people’s behaviour, or should it be more concerned with advances in science, technology and services that can liberate us from health problems altogether?

Big Potatoes: Innovation, Science, R&D and the General Election

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Royal Society, London

The launch event of the Big Potatoes maniesto.

We have ways of making you healthy

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Design is the new Big Idea in preventative medicine, but there’s nothing healthy about lifestyle manipulation.

Can design change the world (and should it try)?

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Designers Society talk, in association with Plymouth University Faculty of Art Plymouth

Is it irresponsible to want design that is radical, experimental, is risky and that can challenge the brief? Or if not, then what is design for? And why does any of this matter?

Designing behaviour and healthcare

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Is this behaviour led approach more benevolent than the old universal model, will it result in better healthcare, or is it unacceptably authoritarian?

Why brands shouldn't get lost in the Twitter storm

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Last Month’s Media 140 London event looked at how brands can make the most out of social media. As Martyn Perks watched the tweeters steal the limelight from the speakers, he wondered how brands can avoid the same thing happening to them.

Shaping Social Policy: Designers and Health

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Battle of Ideas festival 2009, Royal College of Art, London

Everyone agrees healthcare needs to be improved, but can attempts to alter patients’ and staff’s behaviour succeed? And will focusing on patient satisfaction be enough to transform the NHS and wider healthcare provision?

Shaping Social Policy: Designers and Crime

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Forget the police: a new crime-buster is on the block. Designers claim they can lead the charge in the fight against crime.

Battle in Print: Shaping social policy: designers and health

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Is design’s intervention in healthcare a good thing, or will it ultimately make matters worse—especially for those in greatest need of a cure?

Social media is more about creating loyalty than new ideas

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Social media is less about searching for new ideas than it is about brand building and loyalty. But brands need more than loyalty to remain competitive, especially in a recession. The excitement in social media might turn out to be an unfortunate diversion away from the necessary task of having to invest in the long-term. If that turns out to be true, we may all become more disloyal because of it and decide to shop elsewhere. 

Powerful Connections

Monday, October 19, 2009

The rise of ‘virtual communities’ has changed the face of politics. But are MPs genuine about online engagement – or is it just more spin?

A transparent attempt at social engineering

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The initiative to re-design pub glasses to stop them being used as weapons overhypes the problem and the solution.

Digital Britain: welcome to the slow lane

Digital Britain report
Monday, June 1, 2009

The UK government’s report on the future of the internet and the creative industries replaces the freedom to innovate with an overwhelming impulse to regulate everything.

This is no time to call the ‘design police’

Friday, December 5, 2008

By reorganising our lives around suspicion and the fear of crime, design can leave us feeling insecure - and less free.

‘Nudging’: the very antithesis of choice

Monday, December 1, 2008

‘Libertarian paternalism’ represents a retreat from political debate, and the rise of a base psychological agenda that wants to make us conform on green, health and lifestyle issues.

The best foundation for the web: open debate

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tim Berners-Lee’s new group aims for a ‘free and open’ web, but the idea of ‘rating’ content would close down discussion.

Organised defeat?

Friday, September 12, 2008

You’d be forgiven for not realising we’re in the midst of a social media revolution. 

The rise and rise of 'anti-design'

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Designers who focus on producing only meek and sustainable things are denying their own creativity and impact on the world.

Hands off our internet connections

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A new UK parliamentary report says the internet must be regulated to protect children - even though there’s no proof they are being harmed.

Changing the meaning of ‘change’

Friday, August 1, 2008

Charles Leadbeater tries to convince a sceptical Martyn Perks about the positive powers of 'we think' and how unleashing the creative potential of ambitious individuals could potentially overhaul society.

Guest Comment: Creativity versus Counting

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Is the digital industry becoming too dependent on using web analytics to asses customer behaviour?

Can design cut crime?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Government attempts to ‘design out’ crime by sticking anti-theft, noise-emitting devices around the country will make us feel less secure. 

Winners and losers in a troubled economy

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Amid all the talk and speculation about the economic downturn and consequent tightening of marketing budgets, digital emerges as the sphere where opportunities remain to promote your business, engage existing customers and attract new ones -- all with relatively low costs.

Why we should swat The Mosquito

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The launch of the Buzz Off campaign to rid Britain’s streets of a screeching ‘anti-youth gadget’ should be welcomed - and built on.

Are marketers hiding behind UGC?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Does our infatuation with user-generated content betray a lack of creativity and conviction within the marketing industry? Martyn Perks, business consultant for cScape, asks if it's time brands took the reigns back from users.

Tracing the history of Helvetica

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A film about a font?! Yes, and it's gripping, too, showing how a sleek typeface has encouraged good design and helped to shape big ideas.

Comment: Design in denial

Thursday, November 1, 2007

For many people today ‘good’ design doesn’t appeal; instead it must be ‘worthy’. That’s a real problem. 

Don't curb design enthusiasm

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The desire for sustainability has been reinterpreted as accepting limits and narrowing choices rather than expanding how we live, work, play. This kind of make-do-with-what-we-have ethos cannot be good for design and society.

‘It looks like Lisa Simpson giving head’

Thursday, June 7, 2007

The bizarre squashed swastika that is the London 2012 Olympics logo perfectly captures the authorities' confusion about what the Games are for.

The tyranny of technology

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Promoting healthy eating, tackling truancy, improving 'social inclusion': the great potential of IT is being used for instrumental political ends.

Taking a shortcut around the digital divide

Thursday, March 1, 2007

While digital inclusion has become a major focus for funding and social renewal, it is questionable whether IT is actually being used for the right reasons.

Design in denial?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Design Museum, London

Battle in Print: Putting design and technology

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

The role that designers and technologists play in relation to social development is always changing.

Disabling innovation

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Setting legal standards for making websites 'accessible' to all won't help web designers, or users.

Touchy-feely toasters

Thursday, April 22, 2004

A new book argues that products should be designed around their users' emotions.

Response to the Hansard Society Commission on Parliament in the Public Eye

Thursday, April 1, 2004

There is widespread debate today about the potential of information technology (IT) to generate greater access and participation in politics. This submission considers the lessons of this debate for Parliament’s Communication Strategy and Accessibility.

What's the big idea?

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

More blogging by Britain's MPs and ministers is likely to reduce politics to the level of a webchat.

Dean and not heard

Friday, February 6, 2004

Howard Dean's virtual network was a poor substitute for political conviction.

'Ethnography' exposed

Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Why do political and business leaders want to immerse themselves in our everyday lives?

What iCan can't do

Thursday, November 20, 2003

The BBC's new website will not build community or rescue democracy.

Dark-sky thinking

Thursday, October 16, 2003

If only the World Creative Forum's ideas matched the ambition of its title.

Blog-standard politics

Thursday, July 31, 2003

Could blogging MPs reinvigorate the electorate?

'A mob for no reason'

Thursday, July 3, 2003

Email gangs come together - and go away again.

Computing communities

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Software geeks are turning into social engineers.


Friday, March 28, 2003

The internet services industry often worries about how to keep customers loyal.

Social software - get real

Thursday, March 20, 2003

Community, democracy and social capital don't come at the click of a mouse.

Mobile working

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

University of London

Realising the productive potential of workers by utilising the potential of IT. Work without the constraints of physical space. Recognising the expanding category of work. Utilising the expanding corporate network.

Leonardo made limited

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

In attempting to use da Vinci as the muse for web designers, Ben Shneiderman turns Renaissance man upside down. 

Human Centred Design: The limits of usability

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

A panel debate with Ann Light, Editor of Usability News; Peter Bosher, director of accessibility company Soundlinks. Read a review of the debate

What use for usability?

Friday, September 20, 2002

University of East London

Session convener, part of Knowledge Economy: New hope or old hype, a one day conference organised by University of East London and spiked-IT.