How Design Really Changes Lives

Monday, 28 February 2011

IT IS often said that no-one notices good design, but everyone notices when cupboard doors collide, window latches cannot be reached, or games consoles break.  Everyone knows bad design.

It is true that we all put up with badly designed road traffic systems, and we know that cars could be designed better. There are many products, buildings, and organisational structures that could be improved upon with a little consideration and care.

Design — good or bad — is far more important than it gets credit for.  Design affects us all very deeply indeed.  It you think again about the phrase used to open this article —  if no-one notices good design, then it must be the case that it operates on an unconscious level.  So design is affecting us all the time, whether we know it or not.

Design can give us repetitive strain injury, design can help save lives. It is a wonderful thing, and I hope to show here how recent changes in design have changed us into 21st century people, and that it has affected our culture and lifestyles, and that it may continue to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

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How To Be A Boss

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

[Penguin leadership picture]A LOT of people say they want to be a boss without realising what it means for them.  You always have to give up something to get something else, and the trade off here is something that comes as a shock to many.

Ask any good boss — they will tell you that they found out early on that this means no friends in the workplace, and you have to accept that as the deal, but this causes problems for a lot of folk starting out.  In any workplace, it is easy to spot the serious, ambitious ones.  They shun small talk and fun in favour of climbing the corporate ladder. They do not need friends — that is the message.

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Why People Stay Fat

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

[Picture of A FATTY]OBESITY seems to be a problem.  There is a solution, but vested interests means that the solution is hidden or confused by misinformation.

Before I tell you the solution, I suppose I have to qualify the above statement, and I have to eliminate all the counter arguments to clear the way for the solution to surface. Read the rest of this entry »

Who To Vote For

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

ELECTIONS for a new UK government are to be announced within the next few weeks.

My subscribers and lurking readers will know that I am not convinced that we have the best form of government, regardless of what party wins (See What is The Best Form of Government); I am not a democrat.

I know that this can be quite a stunning remark, but I try to explain that democracy is impossible to define, and a myth at the end of the day in “What is Democracy Anyway?

However, we are where we are, and we Read the rest of this entry »

How Sport is Flawed

Sunday, 21 February 2010

[Picture of Laurel Wreath]MY argument here is simple: sport is about athletes and spectators.  Human beings, individuals, and even teams — but not countries, and not political or religious ideologies. Read the rest of this entry »

How The Brits are Cheated

Thursday, 17 December 2009

[Picture of ruler with inches and mm]BRITS are hard-done by when it comes to software. This is a constant annoyance to me because I use a lot of software all day long. The problem is down to the difference between the USA and the UK — the so-called American English and British English. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Name Changes are Bad

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

[Picture of an Old Globe]I AM going to argue here that we ought to refuse to accept requests from abroad to change English names of countries and cities on the grounds that it is potentially manipulative, definitely confusing, and that it robs that country of all respect due from an historical association. Read the rest of this entry »