Essays (2008 - 2021)

2021


There Is No Digital World


What If Phones Were Actually Designed for Hands?


What We Do When We See


Can a Robot Do a Designer's Job?


A Pep Talk for those Who Work Bullshit Jobs


The Last Time


Move Slow and Preserve Things


Less Doesn't Have to Be More. It Can Just Be Less.


From the Desk Of


Systems Design is Not Enough


Books


We Have Eight Years Left


First Principles


Why I Am Still A Designer


Turn It All Off


We Write, Therefore We Are Cyborgs


The Internet is a Bad Name


The World is Crowded and That is Natural


The Luddites Were Right


We Don't Need More Information


The Problem With Design is Designers


Think About the Future's Past


Encapsulated Experiences


73 Ideas that Should Provoke You


Progress Jams


The Power of Small Images


Other Ways


Future Objects


Your Phone is Destroying the World


The Circle of Now


The Riddle of the Square


Attention Stewardship


This Is Not Good Design


Search Engines Don't Work and They Are Not Good


The Biggest Dream is of the Small, Simple Life


Cross-Examining Coincidence in the Courtroom of Technology


That Coincidental Advertisement is Not Just a Coincidence


Good Prophecy Doesn't Have to Be Right


We Have A Reality Problem


2020


Success Mysticism


The Place Where We Shelter


2018


Active Erasure


We May Be at the End of Progress


Computer Nostalgia and Malignant Doppelwelts


Want to Resist? Delete Your Facebook Account


2017


Unexpected and Realistic AI Headlines


Introducing The Liminal


2016


Facebook Is Not necessary


Talking to Machines


Behind Every Robot is a Human


Unearthed Time Capsules


Words Matter


Design is Art with Rules


A Solution that Doesn't Exist


We don't fear the future…


A Slice of Life


How to Design a Different Future


The Magic of Ordinary Objects


When the World Around You Shook


Unchecked Attention Avarice


How to Think About the Future


Sympathy for the Sim


The Most Difficult Thing About Design


Technological Luxury is Powered by Oppression


Beneath the Interface Layer


How to Get Your Time Back


We Are What We Watch


2015


Upgrading Our Way Out


Time's First Principles


Until They All Have Faces


Back to the Real Future


The Fit Filter


Street Ritual


The Gift in Our Work


Sabbaticalifragilisticexpialidocious!


The dream of the Nineties is alive…


It won’t be interesting until we can’t see it anymore.


Step aside, keep quiet, and listen.


Greetings from the Rubbish Patch


The Last Thing We Need


Enter the Void


Perceiving the Machine


Where are you, Digital Le Corbusier?


Randoposto


Keeping the Fire Lit


The Power of Perspective


Emails are the new blogs.


What is an idea worth?


We Always Start Now


The Designer Stands Firm


Etc. Etc. Etc.


Advertising is an Anachronism


A 200-Word Mixpost


The Cost of Cognitive Surplus


A.I. is U.I.


The way to make good things is to make many things.


Neighborhoods, the Anti-Algorithm


Everyone is someone else’s marketer…


Don't Think About the Future


Through the Looking Glass


Futures of Making and Being


Liner Notes for a Lifetime Mix


Thirty-Four (a lifetime film list)


2014


Thirty-Four (a lifetime mix)


We'll get there fast and then we'll take it slow.


The information is not entirely online.


"I just want something real to happen."


Blackfridaycore


We are all working for different futures.


Hyper-local NIMBYism (and Other Easy Critiques)


The Inexorable March of Convenience


21st Century Simulacra


Something Wetter than Pixels


A cup of tea and a crowbar materialize in space...


Truth and Ditto


Take Time


Flesh and Machine


Going Postal


Independent Brains


The Disappointment of Now


Time-Collapsers, Great and Small


On Expertise and Control


How to Tell the User's Story


Remote Viewing


Maybe that acquisition is just good advertising.


"Disruption"


Guts


This Mediated Life


Groupthink


There’s a person at the other end.


More destabilizing ideas, please.


We don't solve real problems anymore.


Detroit


Being Online in 2014


Loves and Resolutions


2012


Don't Be So Linear


Stuck in Idle


Several Things I Have Learned


Playing with Data


On Digital Davids and Goliaths: Why the Design We Trust Usually Comes from the Little Guy


Future Daydream


2011


Ethical Technology, 5


Ethical Technology, 4


Ethical Technology, 3


Ethical Technology, 2


Ethical Technology, 1


Smarter, Better Cyborgs


How Should We Contain the Cloud


The Folly of the Flock


2010


We are Latently Enslaved by Our Own Ingenuity


2009


Interview with John Maeda


Can Any Problem Be Solved?


21st Century Skillset


The End of Solitude


Time Definitely Has Value


The Great Equalizer


In Real Life


Respond


2008


Interview with Silas Munro


Interview with Eric Karjaluoto