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29th December, 2019

2019 in personal projects

For too long I’d neglected this website and my other personal projects. Everything everywhere needed redesigning, restructuring, or throwing out. This year, I turned things around.

19th October, 2019

Primer EU: Futures For All

I spent this week in Madrid, where I attended Primer EU. With my increasing interest in futures and speculative design, I wanted to take a closer look at the community, its methods, and successes.

1st October, 2019

Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life

Having admired Eliasson’s work for twenty years, I’d expected to love everything about this significant Tate survey. Instead, I began to wonder if I’d over-invested in his ideas.

19th September, 2019

Tomorrow, we strike

Thousands of websites will be unavailable during the Global Climate Strike, with millions of us taking to the streets to demand climate justice and an end to the age of fossil fuels.

11th July, 2019

Art in Real Life: Addressing the Sustainability Challenge

Ahead of its big new Olafur Eliasson show, Tate Modern hosted a discussion about the potential of culture to address sustainability and inspire change.

2nd July, 2019

Living ecologically

At home, we’re asking questions about how we live, the products we use and the trail we leave. Even the cat’s getting involved, and I think we’re making changes worth sharing.

4th June, 2019

An emotional adventure

Excitement gave way to fear, but hard work and a positive community made everything worthwhile. This is what it felt like to bring back New Adventures after a six-year hiatus.

24th May, 2019

Climate anxiety

The climate emergency is dominating my thoughts. I’m questioning my own impact and increasingly eager to make a difference. Writing helps, so today I’m pinning down everything in close orbit.

20th September, 2018

Design notes: a simple plan

It’s taken a summer of hard work to establish a comfortable baseline for wherever our new adventures might take us. Here are some notes about our new design and build.

This article first appeared on the New Adventures blog.

13th September, 2018

New Adventures returns!

People always asked if New Adventures might ever return. “Never,” was our stock reply. But this year we realised just how much we’d missed it — and missed you — and wondered if a return might re-energise digital design and those that value it.

1st June, 2018

Living with a conversational object

I feel awkward talking to machines, and I always will. My comfort zone ends at the ATM or self-service checkout, where I’ll conclude transactions with a whispered ‘Thank you’.

20th May, 2018

Data watching: part two

In part one, I wrote about the digital trail that led me to an osprey named Shana and the community crowdsourcing her story. Part two follows her action-packed migration, and considers her legacy.

10th May, 2018

Data watching: part one

The digital trail led me to an electricity substation near Walmart, and my first encounter with its globetrotting tenant. In documenting the moment, I joined a community of far-flung onlookers crowdsourcing her story.

8th March, 2018

Existing in four dimensions

The expansive views from the hard-won summit deserved my full attention, but cognitively I was elsewhere; present in multiple locations by way of a weak but welcome signal.

21st December, 2017

Little goat of the air

There it was again: a mysterious humming vibrato piercing the silence, then gone. Whatever the source, it was close, and moving at high speed. The twilight made these sudden whirrs seem unnerving yet also fascinating, a puzzle to be solved.

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