John Thackara is a writer, speaker and design producer, and director of Doors of Perception. In addition to this blog, he is the author of twelve books including In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World and Wouldn’t It Be Great If….










































































































03.14.11
Can Thermal Perception Change Behavior?
A premise of Joseph Giacomin's new book 
Thermal is that global warming is hard to ignore when you view the world through thermal eyes.






























11.10.10
Of Popes, Pixels and Micropayments
For the Popes of culture and media, who met last week for the third
Avignon Forum, a shallow cultural scanning is a reprehensible downside of “culture for everyone.”







































































































Observed | November 22

From warehouse to biblical museum, in Washington DC. [JH]

Just in time for Christmas: get your pocket-sized cosmic ray muon detector, here! [JH]

Tesla invites reservation holders of the Model 3 to design their own cars. [JH]


Observed | November 21

’Tis the season for travel dread; at Amsterdam’s Schiphol, smart design proves it doesn’t have to be that way. [BV]

The BBC looks at ‘the logos that have become legends.’ (via James I. Bowie) [BV]

Two million wondrous nature illustrations put online by the Biodiversity Heritage Library. [BE]


Observed | November 20

Why Not Associates: three decades! [JH]

Is healthcare design a gendered issue? [JH]

More on the forgotten female poster designers of yore. [JH]


Observed | November 18

Become a founding supporter of Mold TV! [JH]


Observed | November 17

Discovering a mid-century design powerhouse through her recipes. [BV]

Vaughan Oliver’s work is a treasure store of rare and precious specimens. Now, there’s a book celebrating it. [BV]

Universal beauty is an old and compelling idea. Our species, however, is marked not by a particular aesthetic preference, but by the multiple paths of creativity itself. [BV]


Observed | November 16

Womens’ anatomy as ... design trend? [JH]

Google’s Ivy Ross on design and intuition. [JH]

Love Design Matters with Debbie Millman? Become a founding member today! [BV]

Good Design for a Bad World. [JH]

This ridiculous flowchart design has to be intentional, right? [BV]


Observed | November 15

Partners in design, at NYU. [JH]

Seventy years of Ferrari. More here. [JH]

The end of civilization as we know it: Israeli branding bots! [JH]

The questions just keep coming: should we teach facial recognition technology about race? [BV]


Observed | November 14

An in-depth look at nation branding. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]

Harvard Business Review, yet again, extols the virtues of empathy. Herewith, your friendly community reminder that our understanding of empathy tends to be flawed. [JH]

The blandification of graphic design. (Or, why you should just hire a good designer.) [JH]


Observed | November 13

German graphic design: a new book traces its rich visual, political, and cultural history. [JH]

How does 3D printing connect to real estate in Africa? A visualization of interconnected global issues. [BV]

Picasso bled his women for art. [MPL]

Do cities have colors? (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | November 10

It’s almost five o’clock, right? Judging beer by its cover, an oral history of craft beer label design. [BV]



Jobs | November 23