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: Designing for a Complex World. These are tough questions for the pushers of technology to. In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World. Author: John Thackara. Publication : Cover Image citations per article, View colleagues of John Thackara.

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But nobody seems to have designed urban sprawl, it just happens-or so it appears. Nov 08, Asaad Mahmood rated it it was ok. The sort of book I sort of wish had been presented as a series of bulletpoints.

And new principles—above all, lightness—inform the way these services are designed and used. In the Bubble describes services designed to help tjackara carry out daily activities in new ways.

Books by John Thackara. What to Read Next. We need to ask what impact all this stuff will have on our daily lives. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

We need to ask what purpose will be served by the broadband communications, smart materials, wearable computing, and connected appliances that we’re unleashing upon the world. Jul 24, Oyceter rated it liked it Shelves: These are tough questions for the pushers of t How to design a world in which we rely less on stuff, and more on people. Account Options Sign in. These are tough questions for the pushers of technology to answer. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Quite amazing and scary at the same time. Thackara describes a transformation that is taking place now—not in a remote science fiction future; it’s not about, as he puts it, “the schlock of the new” but about radical innovation already emerging in daily life. There is nothing inevitable about its development. Technology is not going to go away, but the time to discuss the end it will serve is before we deploy it, not after.


In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World by John Thackara

When Ezio Manzini ran design workshops in Brazil, China, and India to develop new design ideas for an exhibition about daily life, he encountered dozens of examples of new services for daily life he had never thought of before-and also new attitudes.

Who will look after it, and how? It’s more that we’re being swept into unknown and dangerous waters by accelerating economic growth.

Trivia About In the Bubble: All in all, good stuff Laws and institutions that we might expect to regulate these flows have not been able to keep up. Macroscopes can help us understand complex systems, but our own eyes, unaided, are just as important. Want to Read saving…. Anglexz rated it it was amazing Jul 29, Designing for a Complex World. Chanel Oosthuizen rated it liked it May 12, Equipped with a fresh understanding of why our present situations are as they are, we can better describe where we want to be.

The design focus is on thacckara, not things.

In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. At the heart of In the Bubble is a belief, informed by a wealth of real-world examples, that ethics and responsibility can inform design decisions without impeding social bubvle technical innovation. There are good generic takeaways, but the book itself is very situated, which makes its potential quite limited in my opinion.


How Successful Companies Innovate by Designand other books. Designing in a Complex World resonated so deeply with me. To ask other readers questions about In the Bubbleplease bubble up.

In the Bubble : Designing in A Complex World

Thackara tells us of ancient Greece’s symposiarch who could enforce drinking or nude dancing on too-serious feasters. Great view of where design and the world should go. The parts where Thackara heaps examples on top of each other to convince readers tech has pervaded all aspects of life haven’t aged well. There’s also contradictions, sometimes hot air, and a bit of self-promotion I don’t really care about Doors of Perception, the conference he organizes.

But objects and systems play a supporting role in a people-centered world. The first two chapters are cool,then the logic goes a little bit messy. John Marshall rated it it was amazing Nov 13, Quotes from In the Bubble: Design should always be considered participatory design: The design focus is on services, not things.

We’re filling up the world with technology and devices, but we’ve lost sight of an important question: The theory is awesome but if you even can’t make this method noticed by designer, it’s just academic. On closer inspection, however, urban sprawl is not mindless at all. Was about the give up and put it down, but then it finished—the last 96 pages are endnotes, so that’s good, I guess.

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