The end of design

I just came back from CES (thanks to Here for flying me over to see their work, I’ll write about that soon too) and wanted to write down some thoughts I’ve been having over the past few months which crystallised during this trip. I’ll be…

Five minutes on smart cities

Introduction given at ESOF16 on July 25th in Manchester. I’ve been working with Nominet R&D for the past year looking at the progress of over 140 global smart city projects and I wanted to take advantage of my five minutes here to talk talk about…

Open letter to AIGA

Hello! Sorry for reaching out unexpectedly, but I’d like to bring something to your attention. I am not a member of AIGA but a professional product and interaction designer and I have been working for over 10 years under designswarm.com as both my company’s URL, digital presence…

Rage against the Machine

Rage against the Machine I just spent the week in Scotland hanging out with Europeans living abroad, British people living across the whole of the UK, Americans living across Europe. Those are ‘my people’ in a life I’ve been priviledged to live since I moved to…

Day 3 of Mozilla OpenIOT DesignSprint

Not a particularly productive day (I may be nursing a cold) today but lots of thinking about what we know, what we don’t know and what we choose to ignore. It turns out for example that there isn’t any regulation on what distance is required…

On the potential

(Talk given on March 11th in India at the BusinessWorld IOT Expo.) I’ve had a lot of friends join large organisations as employees. One of the reasons they cite is often ‘there’s so much potential’ because the brand / business is large, important or global.…

The End of Ignorance

The End of Ignorance from Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino This is a transcript of my talk for Webstock ’16. I’ve been thinking about where the internet of things sits in the grand scheme of the human experience and I’ve come to some conclusions I’d like to share…

A Good Death

On December 18th, my dad died with his mouth open. We all die with our mouth open. But we don’t all die a good death. His was dignified and peaceful and worth sharing. It was a death surrounded by loved ones. A death in silence, without…

A Good Death.

A Good Death. On December 18th, my dad died with his mouth open. We all die with our mouth open. But we don’t all die a good death. His was dignified and peaceful and worth sharing. It was a death surrounded by loved ones. A death…

End of year review

Thanks to Prof. Dr. Molly Steenson for initiating this habit, this is the 9th year I’ve done these reviews. 1.What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before? Went back home five times. 2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make…

New Creatives

I recently gave a talk at the closing event of an EU-funded program to support the creative industries around Coventry and it gave me an opportunity to think about my ‘practice’. This is a word people in the creative industries like. It sounds like ‘craft’…

Making ourselves happy

I just got off recording a podcast which was focused on AI and sci-fi. Not my favorite topics. Reminded me of a moment in the excellent Déclin de l’Empire Américain (1986). Ce qui veut dire qu’un mariage réussi n’a rien à voir avec le bonheur personnel…

How to get people to make things for you

We’re a week away from the deadline for the Smart Oxford Challenge and I was asked if this was a hackathon. That expression and the format it has come to represent gives me the heeby-jeebies so I wanted to share why, and what makes the Challenge…

February

A list of what we’re up to at the moment: – We’re working with a very large client at the moment helping them plan and find partners for a hardware project. Hopefully more on that in the next months. – We’ve been giving SevenLeague a bit of advice on…

8th End of Year Review

A rather personal tradition on this blog, but one I’ve stuck to thanks to Molly Steenson who initiated this years before we met when this blog was my thesis project blog. 1.What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before? Spend a month…

#yearnotes

It’s been a hell of a year, peppered with great work with many clients as our consulting activities ramped up. This year we’ve done many things: – Helped finalise the outreach activities of Eyehub, a government funded internet of things demonstrator project – Wrote a report (pdf)…

November News

It’s super busy here and although I don’t think we’ll end up with #weeknotes I thought I’d share what’s going on. Research I’m in New Zealand at the moment on my second week of an Internet of Things Fellowship in Hamilton’s Wintec Applied Research Institute.…

Making & the corporate office

(This was originally written for and published in last month’s in Andrew Sleigh’s beautiful zine Hot Glue) I’ve worked for all sorts of businesses: large, medium and small and they all share a common aspiration: to be more like start-ups. You can’t swing a cat…

Help save iot.london

So there’s a really boring auction going on that I’m taking part in. iot.london is up for auction. As I’ve been running the meetup for three years and own iotlondon.com and .co.uk I’m hoping to win this one. I love the community that has grown…

The cost and time to make things

So last week I launched sales for a limited edition of the Good Night Lamp. This is both an exercise in pig-headedness and a suicidal financial exercise. What prompted this? Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of this idea. There’s only so much time you…

Caring about watches again

  So Apple is making a smart watch (let’s call it what it is, “wearable” is too clunky and best used for non-screen connected products). It’ll do well enough with early adopters whenever they launch it and regardless of battery life but more importantly it’ll test…

Berg (2005-2014)

This has been a strange day, mostly because some of my friends who have run a really great studio have decided to shut it down, 483 weeks in. I met them when we were still students, Jack‘s class came to visit mine in Ivrea in…

Pantry: better than the internet fridge

It’s been a couple of very busy day. I gave the keynote at Thingscon and it gave me an opportunity to actually think about the internet fridge, that idea which doesn’t seem to want to die. So I thought I’d put my designer hat on…

A litmus test for the internet of things

It’s taken me about 2 months to work out how to show the differences between products that companies say are iot and those that possibly aren’t. I suspect I actually need to explain it but I’d rather have a good conversation on Twitter about it…

Introducing #iotangels

Funding the Internet of Things in the UK from Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino There are many reasons why the UK is a great space for internet of things startups: access to the creative industries, manufacturing, advertising, technologists. Funding isn’t one of them sadly as I highlighed in…

A map of UK maker spaces

As part of my work with the Connected Digital Economy Catapult, I’ve been putting together a map of hacker / maker spaces in the UK. These spaces are really important in linking a person with a project idea to a community with resources. Maker spaces…