As the dust settles on another Christmas, I got to thinking about the presents my family and I exchanged this year. There was a time, not so long ago, when the vast majority of those gifts would have centred around three things: music CDs, movies or TV shows on DVD and heavy, hardback copies of […]Read More Owning your experience – a revolution in how we consume music and art
As someone who hot-desks in several different offices, and as a regular commuter on trains full of business people, I’m often subjected to other people’s dubious choice of phone ringtone. Now, we all want our ringtone to be individual – there’s nothing worse than a phone ringing and three people around the meeting room table […]Read More Somebody pick up the phone – why music shouldn’t be background
I was talking to a friend last week about pedestrian crossings – yes, I’m that fascinating. I’d noticed recently that an increasing number of people will stand at a pedestrian crossing waiting to cross the road, but won’t actually press the button to make the lights go red and stop the traffic. Odd, I thought. […]Read More To press, or not to press: placebo buttons and pedestrian crossings
I was in a meeting today where one of the guys leading the session was feeling slightly out of sorts. He’d lost his smartphone… or to be more precise, he hadn’t lost it, his wife had washed his clothes with the phone still in them. But the upshot was the same either way: he had […]Read More Losing your smartphone: the cardinal sin of 21st century life
We live in an increasingly digital world: we buy our clothes online, we buy our books through our Kindle e-readers, we share our family photos on Facebook and we plan our restaurant trips around the online vouchers that get us one pizza free…or that may just be me. Who can resist cheap pizza, eh! But […]Read More Living in a digital world – Star Trek or second nature?