Being Human In a Digital World

Being human in a digital world as told by anthropologist Genevieve Bell (Intel Fellow & Director of User Experience Research). She distills her observations to five core characteristics we must consider when creating experiences.

—Thanks to Jacob Golding


How Do I Solve A Wicked Problem?

Photo by projekt202

Photo by projekt202

Velma magazine turns to projekt202’s very own Kijana Knight-Torres to explore solving “wicked problems”: difficult or impossibly complex social issues. (The full article is on page 42.)

—Thanks to Kijana Knight-Torres


The Problem With Open Offices, and a Solution

Photo by Steelcase

Photo by Steelcase

In open offices, walls are a thing of the past. Employees work together in large, open spaces with minimal physical separation from their colleagues. This can result in constant exposure to noise and interruptions, as well as a complete lack of privacy.

—Thanks to Mike Townson


Will Our Future Be Biologically Designed?

Photo by the Museum of Modern Art

Photo by the Museum of Modern Art

It’s fun to think about the future—for example, biological experience design.

“On October 28, Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), hosted ‘Synthetic Aesthetics: New Frontiers in Contemporary Design’, an evening of presentations and discussion about the field of synthetic biology. Like MoMA’s ongoing Design and Violence project, ‘Synthetic Aesthetics’ expanded the discussion of design beyond form and function, into questions of impact.”

—Thanks to Stori Walker


Bluesmart: The World’s First Smart Connected Carry-On

Photos by Bluesmart Technologies

Photos by Bluesmart Technologies

Bluesmart is a high-quality carry-on suitcase that you can control from your phone, like a boss. From the app you can lock and unlock it, weigh it, track its location, be notified if you are leaving it behind and find out more about your travel habits. You can also charge your phone 6 times over with a built-in battery. Isn’t that awesome?

—Thanks to Oscar Tellez and Mike Townson