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Products are worthless
From Putting People First

Products are worthless

A somewhat controversial post by Helge Tennø, strategic director and digital planner at digital agency Screenplay in Oslo, Norway. “Products are just stuff, and...

Italians say goodbye to property
From Putting People First

Italians say goodbye to property


In South Korea, all of life is mobile
From Putting People First

In South Korea, all of life is mobile

Somehow I missed out on this 24 May New York Times article about South Korea being the test case for the mobile future, thanks to its high-speed wireless networks...

Bill Thompson, BBC tech art critic at the Venice Biennale
From Putting People First

Bill Thompson, BBC tech art critic at the Venice Biennale

Bill Thompson, back from the Venice Biennale, reflects on digital art and its relationship with technology. “While there was a lot of interesting art, I saw little...

What will mobile phones look like 10 years from now?
From Putting People First

What will mobile phones look like 10 years from now?

When Fast Company asked some people in the industry what mobile phones will look like 10 years from now, the first couple of answers seem to reinforce my gut feeling...

Reflections on ethnography in the new issue of Stanford
From Putting People First

Reflections on ethnography in the new issue of Stanford

The latest issue of Ambidextrous, Stanford University’s journal of design, has just been published. The issue is entirely online. Two of my favourite articles: Mind...

The participatory web
From Putting People First

The participatory web

Web 2.0 solutions offer people in rural areas a platform for networking and knowledge exchange. This brochure, published by GTZ, provides a systematic overview...

Open innovation inside Nokia
From Putting People First

Open innovation inside Nokia

With faith that smart ideas will prevail, Nokia urges workers to say what’s on their minds

R&D 2.0: fewer engineers, more anthropologists
From Putting People First

R&D 2.0: fewer engineers, more anthropologists

Navi Radjou argues on the HarvardBusiness.org Voices blog that R&D in emerging markets needs fewer engineers and more anthropologists. “To effectively identify...

From little things
From Putting People First

From little things

The Future Tense programme on Australia’s ABC Radio features bottom-up, user-generated innovation in Africa: “In this program we’ll highlight several interesting...

The Mobile Difference
From Putting People First

The Mobile Difference

The Mobile Difference, a new report by the Pew Internet & American Life project covers at length the current social implications of mobile internet access in the...

From Putting People First

Fabio Sergio, a design and user experience strategist, creative director at frog design, and former associate professor at Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, was...

Barclays on less becoming more in product and service design
From Putting People First

Barclays on less becoming more in product and service design

Barclays 360 magazine, a quarterly thought leadership magazine for senior management within the Barclays Group, is devoted to simplicity in product and service...

SVA lectures on service design
From Putting People First

SVA lectures on service design

Last night the School of Visual Arts in New York hosted a lecture on service design. “While far more attention is still paid to the design of products, there is...

Video interview with M-PESA pioneer Nick Hughes
From Putting People First

Video interview with M-PESA pioneer Nick Hughes

The people of Microfinance Podcast have just posted a short video interview with Nick Hughes, Head of International Mobile Payment Solutions at the Vodafone Group...

The Bottom of the Pyramid
From Putting People First

The Bottom of the Pyramid

This week the Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion hosted a conference about the “Bottom of the Pyramid” and Elizabeth Losh, author of Virtualpolitik...

Designing things that think they are services, and services that think they are things
From Putting People First

Designing things that think they are services, and services that think they are things

Matt Jones, founder and former lead designer at Dopplr and also former director of UX design at Nokia, is now a principal designer at Schulze & Webb in London....

What Is conversational currency?
From Putting People First

What Is conversational currency?

Jay Deragon argues in a short piece on AlwaysOn that social media and related tools are generating a new currency that is created by the propagation of your conversation...

Efficiency or ambient intimacy?
From Putting People First

Efficiency or ambient intimacy?

The latest issue of Vodafone’s Receiver Magazine is all about a new era of human interaction that is marked by perpetual conversations and perpetual info drip-feed...

Physically digital
From Putting People First

Physically digital

Mac Funamizu explores on Johnny Holland what digital devices with physically changing displays might look like and how their interface language might be conceived...
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