A kitchen in an Royal College of Art show? How brilliant is that? The InnovationRCA's Innovation night, which featured domestic kitchen godesses, Sheila and Jruti's work for MFI is entitled the democratisation of luxury.
More innovation plotting at Imperial College, with a selection of projects and viewpoints touching on the challenges of bringing science/business and design together. And more triangle diagrams explaining how they fit together - often without exploring the cultural differences that we have to overcome to make these collaborations work.
When we were shaping the Humanising Technology project – now the Technology Campaign – at the Design Council, these cultural differences were central to how we made those connections work; and understanding the different world views was a great starting point. How emerging technology companies approached commercialisation was missing a strategic design stage, which could influence the whole direction of the company, as well as its ability to mitigate risk and attract better investment.
Funny, too, that those of us born pre-internet have a distanced fascination with open-source and what it can and could be, and I'm looking forward to seeing the impacts it has on organisations. It's great seeing huge perception changes in the way organisations approach their assets and their audiences. The BBC and Matt Locke's backstage.bbc.co.uk is really heartwarming. If the discoveries made on the Humanising Technology/Technology Campaign become open source, there is so much we could discover about the power of design to create new value.