Last week I hurried to send a package out to the US in the hope it would reach its destination by Thursday. Asking my American colleagues to take it home in their luggage and post it from there, begged them to ask; What was so urgent?
“It's a map.”
'Free London's Loos'; a Facebook request I found hard to ignore when it arrived from a friend working on public toilet design, which led me to the London Datastore:
I tend to perceive gender divides as a negative thing, and have seen inclusive design as a tool to lead us in a direction towards closing these gaps. On a recent trip to Mexico, it was clear that gender differences are both more apparent and more acceptable, so I was keen to experience one example of this; a physical Gender Divide on the Mexico City subway system.
Learning how to design for different contexts by riding a river wave in landlocked Munich, Germany.
This morning I woke with a familiar sense of anticipation and apprehension. The kind that pushes you to an early rise on a sleepy Sunday morning, to creep out into the cold before anyone is up and squeeze into neoprene. Your bare feet itch with excitement as you spot the other surfers who were up earlier than you. It's a new spot and you watch in awe, and in fear.
Last week I ran my first marathon so it was maybe no surprise that my thoughts were focused around movement. But it was more than the 42 kilometers of Parisian paving that got me thinking.
Drones are launched in the iPad's shadow.
The onslaught of Apple reviews this week is a curious thing. There is no escaping the scathing attacks and defensive support of the iPad – an internet connected portable media device. This, in a week which announces the launch of a $1 billion venture to develop pilot-less Black Hawk helicopters. Preceded with little hype, I suspect it will attract relatively little attention.
No sooner had the newspaper headline hit our table, the architects I was with were discussing crisis, chaos, but most passionately, bankers.
Emerging markets: We are currently on a come down from in-field research - where Russia's emerging consumer tissue market was compared to European counterparts.
Culture clash is an understatement - as Pre and Post-Soviet ways blend together to create a unique consumer atmosphere - we see shelves of single roll, single ply, 5 Cent toilet paper, beside exorbitant packs of luxury scented wet wipes.