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Hello, welcome to my website. In these pages you can find articles I have written about design, innovation, technology and my maserati. you can see some of the things I have helped create, and get in contact with me.
As part of Cisco’s consultancy services, I work with businesses and the public sector to shape customer experiences and increase the successful use of technology by improving usability, increasing adoption and considering emotional and functional needs.
Since becoming involved in usability and the design of technology, there have been huge improvements in the ease and accessibility to technology provided experiences, led by the design approach of Apple. However, it is a daily experience to find examples of technology that is badly designed and remains inaccessible and unfriendly, severely limiting access and success. We still live in a world that is incredibly poorly "designed" and as the world moves to towards the Internet of Things, it has never been more important to design accessible, simple and beautiful technology experiences.
The good news is that businesses and government realise that their huge investments are at risk if they don't design better services and interfaces. Design, as a people centric creative approach, is critical to delivering successful services and technology, though is still perceived as something "emotional" and arty. Right brain thinking is needed more than ever to balance left brain analytical decision makers...
The Cisco Interior Inspirer was launched in New York in January 2013 and you can see my You Tube video of the product here Interior Inspirer
In December 2012 I spoke in Zaragoza at the disenaforum on the role of design in our digital future. In September I spoke in Malmo, Sweden, at "The Conference" and you can see my talk here: Malmo speech
Sadly the great Bill Moggridge died in September 2012. My first boss and a giant of design creating the world leading IDEO consultancy and developing the discipline of Interaction design. You can read my RSA obituary of Bill here.
At the start of 2012 we celebrated Jonathan Ive's knighthood and later in the year the top award at the D&AD awards, where he bought over 17 of his design team. His achievements at Apple and his partnership with Steve Jobs have changed the way we live. It's a long time since I first met him, when he was a student in Newcastle, and for three years he was my business partner at tangerine, where we first got to work for Apple. An extraordinarily creative person, a brilliant designer with the desire to tame technology for our purposes and now with the responsibility to lead Apple in post Steve Jobs era, there could be no better person to do so.
Last year I contributed to the Design Management Journal (DMI) on the future of product design, it's subscription only I'm afraid but you can buy the articles here: DMI
For Cisco 2012 saw the launch of the hugely successful Style Me virtual mirror for John Lewis. A kids version, as part of a range of 5 interactive prototypes for the Tesco F&F fashion brand. The Wisdom Bank was prototyped in Torfaen, South Wales and exciting projects around the Internet of Things in Amsterdam and Barcelona are under way.
I spoke at the Design and Innovation conference at ExCel, London product design and innovation and in Switzerland at the Industrial Design Summit in October industrial design summit .
You can see the talk I gave in Oslo 5 years ago at the Norwegian Design Council's conference on Inclusive Design four years ago which is a very complete version of Lipstick on a Pig: you can see the full thing here Lipstick on a Pig or the short, pecha kutcha version of Lipstick on a Pig for Brunel University at: Pecha Kuscha Lipstick
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Keep up with my current band Crossroads on the guitars and bands page...