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 | February 16

The first energy-positive Arctic hotel. [MPL]

Do concrete monsters deserve to be rescued? Saving Brutalism. [MPL]

AIGA Eye on Design‘s first magazine is now available for pre-order, and while the theme for issue 01 may be “Invisible,” it’s no wallflower. [LS]


Observed | February 15

Valentines Day may be behind us, but embracing the V is a daily constant. Enter Racket + #KnowTheFlow. [BV]

Visualizing musical scores: Theresa Sauer‘s stunning Notations21. [BV]

Fuzzy dudes. That‘s all. [MPL]


Observed | February 14

Ellsworth Kelly’s chapel at the University of Texas at Austin. [JH]

Long live graffiti. And the importance of exhibitions. [JH]


Observed | February 13

Poland. NATO. Design. Go! [JH]

Designing the perfect cafe. [JH]

How do you build a healthy city? [JH]


Observed | February 12

A new design residency is announced, courtesy of our friends at Core77. [JH]

A new logo for Lufthansa. [JH]

Busting the myths of logo design! [JH]


Observed | February 09

Ethics, truth, addiction—and design. [JH]

“These magazines were portals to other lives, systems of taste I learned by acquiring the small talismans and minute gestures that held these worlds up.” Hua Hsu remembers The Face and the magic of print. [MB]

It’s hard to be inspired on Friday. Adobe wants to make it a little easier: download free icon kits made by legendary designers here. [BV]


Observed | February 08

“American society has so normalized our inferior sidewalk system that we don’t believe we deserve a place to walk.” [BV]

Are madness and creativity linked? Is the art of the mentally ill freer in expression? [BV]


Observed | February 07

If birds left tracks in the sky, what would they look like? [BV]


Observed | February 06

How oceanliners shaped modern design. [MPL]

Supersmart algorithms won’t take all the jobs, but it’s not to be ignored: The Wired guide to artificial intelligence. [BV]


Observed | February 05

The insect that painted Europe red. [MPL]

The silent rise of the female-driven economy. [BV]


Observed | February 02

Has it been a long week? Are you exhausted by what’s on your screen? Erase the internet. [BV]

Machine learning and lack of learning in the tale of Google Translate. [BV]


Observed | February 01

How Muslim women use fashion to exert political influence: The rebellious potential of an apparently conservative style. [BV]

How planes fly (admit it — you always wanted to know). [BV]


Observed | January 30

A 3,000-year-old pharaoh statue is moved to a new home. It’s not the first time we‘ve noted the moving of a monument. [MPL]

To the distress of many, designs for the Resistance are being co-opted from their altruistic intentions into corporate moneymakers. [LS]



Jobs | February 18