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Phones Never Die. They’re Eaten By Birds
Sep 9, 2019 • 33 min
Can we really call it progress when it creates so much waste? What if your phone — the one you’re using right now — was your last phone? Take a good look at it and imagine using it for the rest of your life. Could it even last that long? Could you?…
You Don’t Have to Be an Entrepreneur, Part 2
Aug 26, 2019 • 23 min
Every discussion of entrepreneurship is really a discussion about values. Today, we’ll follow up on last week’s episode, where we began a discussion of entrepreneurship by resetting that idea — by challenging the story of entrepreneurship. We contrasted…
You Don’t Have to Be an Entrepreneur
Aug 19, 2019 • 24 min
Entrepreneurship doesn’t have to mean what you think it means.Over the course of the next two episodes, I’d like to share with you how my own perspective on “entrepreneurship” has evolved, and offer a critique of the sameness of the popular model of the…
The Future vs. The Future
Aug 5, 2019 • 32 min
Every vision of the future is a better index of the present from which it came than whatever time it imagines. So today, let’s look back at some of the things we believed would serve as landmarks of the future. Not to point out how quaint they are or to…
Words Matter
Jul 22, 2019 • 17 min
Too often we think of the word “design” as a shorthand for an ecosystem of mostly visual phenomena. But words play an enormous, though often unseen, role in the creation of everything. Today, I want to tell you a story about how my life was changed by a…
A.I. Ain’t that I.
Jun 17, 2019 • 19 min
The majority of our clicking and tapping is a repetitive act of information management. Isn’t A.I. supposed to help us with this? Don’t hold your breath… Today, on Design Tomorrow, in the tradition of the rantiest of rants, I’d like to, well, rant about a…
The Glove, the Display, and the Possible Future
Jun 3, 2019 • 22 min
Is technology a means to an end — the ladder we climb to a future we want to inhabit because it’s better for us than the present — or is it as far as we let our minds and hearts go? In this episode of Design Tomorrow, we’ll connect a few stories about…
Ugh. Advertising.
May 20, 2019 • 37 min
Does advertising still make sense in our world today? How does a form of media always known as an associated form — as something that sips from the attention river flowing to and from other things — function when the complexity of those waterways has…
The Interface and Me
May 6, 2019 • 34 min
Are interfaces good? Or are they a distraction — for us the makers, and for the users we believe we are helping? How can we think better about both how we interface with digital experiences, personally, and how others do it? Today, we’ll think deeply…
Useful Fictions
Apr 22, 2019 • 23 min
We live in a time of illusions. Simulations that reflect back upon us more than just the passage of time, but something important about who we are. Something unique is going on right now — with the tools and technology we have — that is giving us the…
The Last Thing We Need Are Smartphones
Apr 8, 2019 • 22 min
When so many problems of existence remain unsolved, we haven’t earned the luxury of smartphones. So this is an intervention. A challenge to the status quo of waste and distraction and triviality and short-term pile-on that is our way of life here in…
Behind Every Robot
Mar 25, 2019 • 34 min
What is it about robots that compels us to create them? And what does it say about a culture that makes machine surrogates despite not having reached a consensus about why to make them in the first place? In this episode, we’ll explore the robots taking…
The Real Value of Ideas
Mar 11, 2019 • 19 min
What are our ideas worth? Are they as valuable as we think they are? And what might change about how we act on our ideas once we start thinking differently about how we value them and how unique they really are? In this episode, we’ll explore how…
How to Make Good Things
Feb 26, 2019 • 16 min
They say that practice makes perfect. I’ll settle for “practice makes good,” thank you very much! In this episode of Design Tomorrow, we’ll explore what it means to practice - what there is in repetition that can help us to get better. Not just at what we…
Computer World
Feb 11, 2019 • 23 min
There are very few people left on Earth for whom the world isn’t shaped by computers or seen through their screens. But does it have to be this way? In this episode, we’ll explore how screens — and the images they reveal — are just as much a manifestation…
This Creation of Our Genius
Jan 28, 2019 • 26 min
As long as we’ve been self-aware, we’ve desired companionship. And yet, we are not enough for one another; we hunger for something more - something that folklore, imaginary friends, and now technology have attempted to satisfy. Today, we stand at a…
How to Get Your Time Back
Jan 14, 2019 • 25 min
The more time passes, the faster it feels it’s moving. It’s an illusion, of course, but does that really matter? If you feel like it’s moving faster, it might as well be. The shrinkiness of time is part of the human condition. But the secret you may not…
Ticking Progress Bombs
Jan 1, 2019 • 15 min
Progress is something we all try to work toward, but how do we really know if we’re making any? And if progress isn’t permanent, is it progress at all? In this episode, we’ll explore progress and the ways that certain forms of it actually trap us in the…
The Voice Interface
Nov 20, 2018 • 21 min
We’re all using voice interfaces now — a thing of science fiction now very much in our reality. But it turns out that feelings — things like fear, loneliness, trust, and desire — play just as much of a role in the way these machines work than do databases…
The Power of Perspective
Nov 1, 2018 • 16 min
In a world as crowded with technological tools for measuring our progress as ours is, sometimes the best way to see how far we’ve come is, literally, in our own hands and on our own faces. In this episode, we’ll discuss a simple exercise you can do to…
What is real?
Oct 16, 2018 • 22 min
It may sound like a rhetorical question, but asking “what is real?” is becoming more and more a practical inquiry into the nature of our everyday experience. In this episode of Design Tomorrow, we’ll imagine a future — not too far off — where the lines…
Design is Art with Rules
Oct 2, 2018 • 15 min
There is no good definition of design. In this episode, Chris talks about what distinguishes design from art, and how accountability plays a unique role in making the distinction clear.Links4’33”, by John CageThe scene sampled at the end of the episode is…
How to Think About the Future
Sep 18, 2018 • 20 min
We all think about the future. Probably more than we’re even aware. But, is thinking about the future useful? Does thinking about the future actually help us make one that’s better? In this episode of Design Tomorrow, we’ll talk about the future. Not a…
Active Erasure
Sep 4, 2018 • 16 min
In this episode, Chris tells a story about a drawing professor who taught him about not just identifying the negative space in our thoughts and actions, but something he called active erasure, and how being intentional about the act of taking things out…
Getting Out of Our Own Way
Aug 23, 2018 • 17 min
In this episode, Chris talks about what it means for designers to get out of their own way, and he shares a couple of ways he’s made that not only more possible in his life, but more natural to his day to day.Things Mentioned in the ShowClients from…
The Magic of Ordinary Objects
Aug 23, 2018 • 19 min
In this episode, Chris talks about appreciating the design of everyday objects, minimalism, and how some objects can reflect a life well lived.LinksI mentioned a bunch of objects I own that I especially value. Only some can be found online, so this is a…