• Next Gen Artefact Cards

    On: January 7, 2019
    In: rivetings
    Views: 482

    It’s taken a little while, due to longer than expected things (which I’ll perhaps blog about at length at some point).

    But the next generation, retail-ready Artefact Cards are hitting the presses this month, to be on sale (and on shelf in lovely establishments) by the end of January.

    I have enough of the pre-production prototypes to run workshops with this month, though, which is pleasing.

    via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/RWo8uh

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  • The New Twickenham Gates

    On: December 29, 2018
    In: rivetings
    Views: 519

    “The venture, led by London-based architects Wilson Owens Owens, provides a unique focal point when fans arrive and delivers a recognisable starting point for their experience at the world’s largest dedicated rugby stadium.”

    So say England Rugby, on their site, about the new Twickenham entrance gates.

    In reality, it turns out they’ve tried to send as many people past this ‘focal point’ as they can, and it takes twice as long to get in. Well done, architects.

    via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/RJAKTh

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  • The Descent Of Fan

    On: December 28, 2018
    In: rivetings
    Views: 403

    via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/2dRwKKH

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  • Flying The Forge

    On: June 28, 2018
    In: rivetings
    Views: 1234

    It seems somewhat fitting that it’s the tenth anniversary of The Do Lectures this weekend; it was there at their fifth iteration I met Fraser Hamilton, and tomorrow is his last day at Smithery.

    For five years we’ve worked together, at first with Fraser on an internship, then freelance, then full-time. He’s been a vital companion on the continuing Smithery journey, as it productively picks its way through the sunny uplands towards whatever peaks we next spot on the horizon. At this point in that journey though, there’s a path into a year or two of specialism beckoning, so Fraser’s joining our friends at Adaptive Lab as a service designer…

    …I was about to type ‘we’re glad he’s going to a really good home”, but that just sounds like he’s a puppy who’s been mithering the designer furniture, so I’ll leave that there…

    Every day working with Fraser has been a pleasure. I’ve never worked with someone before who’s so eager to learn and stretch themselves, to combine their talents they’ve developed over the years with things the’ve never even tried before, to ask good questions that they know need to be asked even if they feel uncomfortable doing so, and to be such thoroughly good company in any situation.

    Fraser, you will go far. See you on the mountain paths, my friend.



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  • Metastrategy – Movement, Loops and Layers – Video

    On: October 26, 2016
    In: culture, design, economics, making, rivetings, technology
    Views: 4886

    I was very excited to be invited to Oslo to give the final keynote of the Webdagene conference. It’s one of my favourite cities, and the speaker line-up was immense too – you should check out all of the talks.

    My talk was an updated version of the Metastrategy idea, with cleaner entry points into the theory, and an extended practical back-end. Please enjoy, and as always questions, additions and thoughts in the comments below are most welcome.

    John Willshire: Metastrategy – Movements, Layers and Loops (Webdagene 2016) from Netlife Research on Vimeo.

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