How to record electric guitar using a Steinberg UR12 and Cubase AI

A quick guide to recording guitar through a Steinberg UR12 in the Cubase AI DAW. I produced this to help other people, and to remind myself in case I ever forget, because the Cubase software is not very intuitive. I’llassume that you’ve plugged and installed in the Steinberg, installed the Cubase AI Software, and opened […]

Don’t worry about starting with a blank canvas

When starting a new project/product job, I used to worry about starting with a blank canvas. Now I’m more alert to the challenges of established systems. Earlier in my career, when starting a new project I’d wonder: Where will I begin? How will I set up the right structures, ways of thinking? In practice I’ve […]

What are the next frontiers in interaction design?

Voice assistants – such as Siri and Alexa – are becoming viable because the accuracy of speech recognition has increased significantly through machine learning. I’m concerned about the political ramifications of the technical underpinnings of voice interfaces. Voice recognition has advanced through access to lots of data, and machine learning. This means that for people […]

Public Service Design – Cross Government Design Meetup 22

Today I attended a Cross Government Design Meetup at the Design Museum in London. Here are some of the highlights I took away. Introduction – Lou Downe “Bad service design is one of the biggest costs to government” In the future, “Services will shape government, not the other way round.” “Transformation will never be done” […]

How might we broaden political discourse and understanding in people age 25-35 in the UK? – Design project from the Design Kit course

This is a writeup of the design project I carried out with Tamsyn Hyatt as part of Ideo and +Acumen’s Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design. Check out the prototype we produced. Inspiration Interviews We spoke to people with a range of political views, and carried out participant observation of their news-consumption activity. We […]

bell hooks: Teaching to Transgress – Education as the Practice of Freedom

Some key quotations from bell hooks’ ‘Teaching to Transgress’. 1994 / Routledge. Introduction “Critical reflection on my experience as a student in unexciting classrooms enabled me not only to imagine that the classroom could be exciting but that this excitement could co-exist with and even stimulate serious intellectual and/or academic engagement.” [7] ” But excitement […]

​​Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design – summarised

Some highlights from my notes from Ideo and +Acumen’s Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design. The steps of the Human-Centered Design process “Human-centered design is all about building a deep empathy with the people you’re design for; generating tons of ideas; building a bunch of prototypes; sharing what you’ve made with the people you’re […]

Doing the hard work to make it simple – Tom Loosemore

Below is a video and summary of a talk by Tom Loosemore at the Camp Digital conference, 2016. Design is inherently political, and we must not ignore this Ask yourself: who is the “we” that gets to build the future? If you don’t understand how something works, you are a consumer, not a citizen. Don’t […]