When I first heard the term "ubiquitous computing" almost 25 years ago, it sounded magical. Computers then, I admit, didn't make it easy to imagine such a world. I frequently found myself daydreaming of the films ET and Escape To Witch Mountain (I did say it sounded magical, didn't I?) It evoked a vision of … Continue reading Designing for ubiquity
In an earlier monograph, I wrote about why Jonathan Ive bothered me a bit. With his random reference to creativity as something that happens in a vacuum, out of nowhere. I wrote then that I do not believe there is scalability in organic creativity. Scalable creativity is deliberate, critical and iterative. Regular sometimes forced practice … Continue reading Creativity and Emergence
Luxury marques trade partly on the tangible benefits of craftsmanship, provenance and history, and partly on exclusivity (i.e. some can only aspire to them not afford them) and the brand name's signalling value. While discussing the face-off between the democratic web and the exclusive nature of luxury, in an earlier post, I wrote that the … Continue reading Unflattered by imitation
"Here's the only thing you need to know about wearable punditry: No one knows anything. Zip. This is a market that barely exists.", said technology columnist Christopher Mims recently. Google Glass, a high profile early avatar of wearable tech, had made an appearance in New York Fashion Week in 2012's showing of Diane von Furstenberg's … Continue reading Wearable tech’s luxury and fashion challenge
I disagreed with a few things that Jonathan Ive said in his talk at the Design Museum. But there was one thing he said with which I agree fully: "It’s made better. There is an integrity there. I really truly believe that people can sense care. And in the same way they can sense carelessness. … Continue reading Caring — an antidote to mindless consumerism?
I don't believe in the myth-making around creativity as some spark of genius, some innate talent or something that appears out of a stroke of inspiration. That much is clear. I also don't believe in the myth-making around "digital" -- especially as some still insist on using the word, as a marker of separation from … Continue reading Digital (and) creativity
Jonathan Ive was at Design Museum a few days ago, as some of you may know. I was bothered by some things he said. Saying "I still haven’t lost the wonder for the creative process.." is beautiful and emotive. Saying "...the way it comes from nothing." not so much. He talked about how on a … Continue reading Creative process aka why Jonathan Ive bothered me a bit
Craftsmanship is the cornerstone of the luxury goods industry. The obsessive focus on the art, the cultural roots, the societal context and the history not only preserves and enhances the heritage, but also helps tell a unique story and find markets for luxury goods, increasingly in countries far from home. However as emerging markets not … Continue reading Craftsmanship in luxury
Before long, the title of this sometime-series of readings will be just an alliterative poetic licence. The week serves up worthy readings far more numerous than four, way before Friday. If I take into account the entire gamut of my interests -- that all feed off and feed one another -- then the task of … Continue reading Four For Friday (21)
Is management an art or a science? This is the direction in which the conversation in the comments section of an earlier post on Recession-proofing Your Career veered. The answer, just as with other questions in life, is not clear cut, nor all-pleasing at all times. But to me, the question should be different. Are … Continue reading Art or Science?