Our work on Thingclash—and the thinking behind it—is featured in Klye Vanhemert's analytical take in WIRED on the role of design, and designers, in creating a human-centric IoT. The piece, that also looks at The Incredible Machine's IoT Manifesto, points to an emerging counterpoint to built-it-and-they-will-come approaches to single feature IoT. Writes Vanhemert:
"There are problems with this approach. For one, when companies focus on sheer technical possibility and not real-world need, an overstuffed world ends up with even more crap. But beyond the clutter, there’s an escalating creepiness factor. As technology moves onto our bodies and into our homes, the chances to alienate, abuse, and otherwise weird people out multiply."
We'll be running a small workshop in late July to refine the initial toolset we have envisioned for Thingclash, a way to identify friction points between culture, behavior and these new classes of technology. Follow us on Twitter or check back here to get updates on progress.
If you're interested in an overview presentation for your organization or deeper discussion, feel free to contact us.