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Screen grab from 3rd May 2011, the day before resigning
How To Resign – Three Tips From Ten Years Ago

There are very few ways in which Smithery is like The Queen. The only one worth mentioning is that we both have two birthdays. Ten years ago today, on May 4th 2011, I resigned from my previous job as …

Mapping the territory – Design and Economics

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with Simon Gough about a submission I’d made to host a talk at the first Design and Economics Unconference. It was one of those things that had flown past m…

Zenko Mapping, Inception and Pace Layers #WIAD2021

I was honoured to give a talk on Zenko Mapping as part of this year’s virtual Word Information Architecture Day. Thanks to Mike and Mari for the invitation, and help in planning. As per the last…

Finding intimacy in the infinity of Clubhouse

Clubhouse is, as they say, a thing right now. A self-styled drop-in audio app, it’s moving from beyond just the darling of the dilettante set of Valley media hobbyists, spiralling outwards past …

Practical starting points for a polymath

I’ve been reading The Polymath by Peter Burke over the holidays. I make no pretence of being any sort of polymath in the sense Burke describes, but as a generalist who likes diving in and out of…

Think of information as light, not liquid.

In the recent Zenko Mapping video, I talked briefly about a new idea, a lens through which to see the world; we should focus on thinking of information as light, not liquid. It’s the fundamental…