In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World. Author: John Thackara. Publication : Cover Image citations per article, View colleagues of John Thackara. In the Bubble has ratings and 16 reviews. Kars said: It’s interesting to read this eight years after publication. The parts where Thackara heaps exam. So asks author John Thackara in his new book, In the Bubble: In the Bubble is about a world based less on stuff and more on people.

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Thackara may well thac,ara as a visionary voice for the wired era. For planners, designers and anyone with an interest in the future, this book is a rich resource of inspiration, ideas, and guiding principles as well as sharply observed cautionary tales. It suggests that what the tech revolution most needs, and may already be moving toward, is a thackqra of purpose.

In the october issue of ID magazine Jamer Hunter writes: It feels alive, connected and contemporary. And accessible examples troughout balance the big ideas”. Heyblog Andrew Otwell John Thackara is has made some great contributions to design without ever having designed a thing. His new book “In the Bubble: Thackars those conferences, his role has been to ask the right questions, and to describe the context in which various design problems reside.

It might sound like “asking the right questions” is a trivial, simple or even irrelevant job. In a bbuble mix of statistics, anecdotes, and analysis, Thackara details problems of sustainability, environment, population, and sprawl as problems of design.

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Designing in a Complex World, is just out. We used to think that innovation starts where technology starts. Innovation starts with groups of people who possess tools to link up with each other, to locate and track things, and to coordinate actions between people, objects, and places.


The challenge for designers is to figure out how to do their work in ways that supports this trend. Read the whole thaclara at future.

Your car starts to spin out of control, or just as bad, you witness another car a few yards ahead suddenly lose control. In that split second, what would you do? Swerve to avoid a crash and pray that the side airbags release?

Opening with a similar situation, In the Bubble makes the point that smart design can make all the difference when it comes to split-second decisions. John Thackara isolates 10 principles he believes will characterize cutting-edge opportunities for a better future, based in part on lessons of the last decade in technology, business and others aspects of the real world.

Of particular interest to the North Coast is Principle No. The focus of “both business and social innovation,” he writes, is shifting from locomotion to locality: Diversity or distinctiveness have been edited out,” and every city depends on the same kind of facilities and publicity.

If you are familiar with the Doors conferences, you know Thackara is a fan of the role artists can play in redefining design. He notes in his book: Someone also has to provide aesthetic stimulus — to throw wild ideas into the ring — to provoke fresh thinking.

Social critics and artists are good candidates for this role. Avant-garde media artists, in particular, intervene on issues of networks, the body, identity, and collaboration. Many of their ideas are exciting and insightful in a way that methods-driven solutions are not.

What is exciting for one person is wacky to another”. I found many of the examples of artist-lead research Thackara cited bubnle his book a bit under-whelming — such as tracing the motions of pigeons in St.


Read the whole article at http: Resets the bottom line for design intelligence. How can we make information more legible, accessible to wider audiences? Can good design make a stupid product smart?

At what point are products so overloaded with features that we cease to care? This is the book to read! I will say that the first 4 pages of the first chapter “Lightness” were quite provocative and got me hooked rather quickly. Thackara, thinks that we are filling our world with devices, systems, and products that are too complex to understand or to control, and as a result we often feel that we are the ones who are tgackara controlled.

Technology is not going away, but the time to discuss the ends it will serve is before we deploy it, not after.

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Sounds good to me. In The Bubble is an interesting and provocative look at the way designers should look at the world before designing for it. Influx was fortunate enough to be able to do a short thacjara with John. Arts Journal Nancy Levinson “What to do when the fizzy world of high-style design starts to seem too, too much?

And it certainly informs an excellent new book by the design critic John Thackara. Designing in a Complex World, in whose thackkara “design” is understood to be more about process than product, more about systems and services than about surfaces and packages, more about work to do than things to buy. More Bubble Reviews Other books by J. Thackara John Thackara publications: