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Design Tomorrow is a podcast about design, technology, and being human with a special emphasis on growing our awareness that what we do and think today can create a better tomorrow.

Design Tomorrow is a podcast about design, technology, and being human with a special emphasis on growing our awareness that what we do and think today can create a better tomorrow.
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Design Tomorrow is a podcast about design, technology, and being human with a special emphasis on growing our awareness that what we do and think today can create a better tomorrow.








Phones Never Die. They're Eaten By Birds

Can we really call it progress when it creates so much waste? What if your phone — the one you’re using right now — was your last phone? Take a good look at it and imagine using it for the rest of your life. Could it even last that long? Could you? Probably not. Today I want to think about what that means. What happens to a planet and its people when technological progress is measured in product cycles. And what happens when there's no balance sheet to account for the other side of that —...


You Don't Have to Be an Entrepreneur, Part 2

Every discussion of entrepreneurship is really a discussion about values. Today, we'll follow up on last week's episode, where we began a discussion of entrepreneurship by resetting that idea — by challenging the story of entrepreneurship. We contrasted the protagonist — the hero CEO — with the reality of who we are. And we contrasted the plot — the capitalistic, meritocratic variant of the hero's journey — with the meandering serendipity of our lives' paths. But dismantling one story...


You Don't Have to Be an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship doesn’t have to mean what you think it means. Over the course of the next two episodes, I'd like to share with you how my own perspective on “entrepreneurship” has evolved, and offer a critique of the sameness of the popular model of the entrepreneur. I'll also give you eight little nuggets of wisdom that have been helpful to me on my journey so far, and only grow in their value to me as it continues… Show Notes Newfangled Music All music used in this episode is...


The Future vs. The Future

Every vision of the future is a better index of the present from which it came than whatever time it imagines. So today, let's look back at some of the things we believed would serve as landmarks of the future. Not to point out how quaint they are or to dunk on the blind spots of the past. But so that we can better understand why — no matter what shiny new objects we make and use — we never quite feel like we've gotten to the future. Why it's so difficult to recognize how far we've...


Words Matter

Too often we think of the word "design" as a shorthand for an ecosystem of mostly visual phenomena. But words play an enormous, though often unseen, role in the creation of everything. Today, I want to tell you a story about how my life was changed by a few words said quickly, but words which I will never forget... Music All music used in this episode is independently produced and licensed by Design Tomorrow for non-commercial use. EnviraBlue Dot SessionsOur Digital CompassBlue Dot...


A.I. Ain't that I.

The majority of our clicking and tapping is a repetitive act of information management. Isn't A.I. supposed to help us with this? Don't hold your breath... Today, on Design Tomorrow, in the tradition of the rantiest of rants, I'd like to, well, rant about a few things. About AI and us, about wasted time and wasting of the land, and about the lowing and highing of design... Links The Sword in the StoneWart eats a bugIt is important to use your hands. This is what distinguishes you from a...


The Glove, the Display, and the Possible Future

Is technology a means to an end — the ladder we climb to a future we want to inhabit because it's better for us than the present — or is it as far as we let our minds and hearts go? In this episode of Design Tomorrow, we'll connect a few stories about technology that didn't make it in order to better understand the technological path our culture is on... Links Split-flap displaysSaying Goodbye to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station's Iconic Flip BoardBERG's Pixel TrackBERG's archived home...


Ugh. Advertising.

Does advertising still make sense in our world today? How does a form of media always known as an associated form — as something that sips from the attention river flowing to and from other things — function when the complexity of those waterways has exponentially increased? Links Who is Using Twitter in the US?28 Twitter Statistics All Marketers Need to Know in 2019The Eye-Opening Influence of Instagram on Buying10 Instagram Stats Every Marketer Should Know in 2019The Cost of Paying...


The Interface and Me

Are interfaces good? Or are they a distraction — for us the makers, and for the users we believe we are helping? How can we think better about both how we interface with digital experiences, personally, and how others do it? Today, we'll think deeply about the nature of the interface — what it is, and what it says about us, the people who made it — and explore the need for new rules for better interface-making... Links It's a Mistake to Mistake Content for ContentIn the Kingdom of the...


Useful Fictions

We live in a time of illusions. Simulations that reflect back upon us more than just the passage of time, but something important about who we are. Something unique is going on right now — with the tools and technology we have — that is giving us the ability to stop, stretch, bend, and replay time. In this episode, we'll explore what that offers us, we for whom at some point, time will end... Links DanielleTimelapse of the Imperceptible Effects of Aging Created from Family PortraitsNoah...


The Last Thing We Need Are Smartphones

When so many problems of existence remain unsolved, we haven't earned the luxury of smartphones. So this is an intervention. A challenge to the status quo of waste and distraction and triviality and short-term pile-on that is our way of life here in 2019... Links Give it a second! It's going to spaceDan Honstill doesn't have clean watera machine that turns feces into drinkable waterIt’s In the Bag! Teenager Wins Science Fair, Solves Massive Environmental Problem Music All music used in...


Behind Every Robot

What is it about robots that compels us to create them? And what does it say about a culture that makes machine surrogates despite not having reached a consensus about why to make them in the first place? In this episode, we'll explore the robots taking over our world, and the agenda behind them... Links hitchBOTGoogleWikipediadrumming robotspring-making robotmany uses of springswas a beer runcompeting directly with UPS and FedExThe permanent transitionthree laws of roboticsOne Thing Real...


The Real Value of Ideas

What are our ideas worth? Are they as valuable as we think they are? And what might change about how we act on our ideas once we start thinking differently about how we value them and how unique they really are? In this episode, we'll explore how simultaneous ideas and discoveries throughout history show that ideas and minds probably work differently than we think... Links The Discovery of EndorphinsWho invented Electricity?List of multiple discoveriesTheory of MultiplesDueling Movies...


How to Make Good Things

They say that practice makes perfect. I'll settle for "practice makes good," thank you very much! In this episode of Design Tomorrow, we'll explore what it means to practice - what there is in repetition that can help us to get better. Not just at what we do, but also at who we are. Links Alfred DecredicoBalancing Data with IntuitionThe Way to Make Good Things is to Make Many Things Music All music used in this episode is independently produced and licensed by Design Tomorrow for...


Computer World

There are very few people left on Earth for whom the world isn't shaped by computers or seen through their screens. But does it have to be this way? In this episode, we'll explore how screens — and the images they reveal — are just as much a manifestation of the world from which they come as they are the raw materials of a story about the next one: the future... Links The IBM Portable PC 5155Blade RunnerOpening SceneHuman Progress Landscapethe Sony VAIO Digital StudioJony Ive's magical...


This Creation of Our Genius

As long as we've been self-aware, we've desired companionship. And yet, we are not enough for one another; we hunger for something more - something that folklore, imaginary friends, and now technology have attempted to satisfy. Today, we stand at a crossroads beyond which is a future full of artificial lives. What kinds of minds will we create for ourselves? And what kind of future will those minds make for us? Links The Measure of a ManHerBe Right BackTHX 1138confession sceneWhen her...


How to Get Your Time Back

The more time passes, the faster it feels it's moving. It's an illusion, of course, but does that really matter? If you feel like it's moving faster, it might as well be. The shrinkiness of time is part of the human condition. But the secret you may not know is that you can slow it down. You can get your time back. Here are eight ways... Links Life is Shortboiling frogMy preferred notebookDeep Work Music All music used in this episode is independently produced and licensed by Design...


Ticking Progress Bombs

Progress is something we all try to work toward, but how do we really know if we're making any? And if progress isn’t permanent, is it progress at all? In this episode, we'll explore progress and the ways that certain forms of it actually trap us in the past... Links A Short History of ProgressWhat is Progress Music All music used in this episode is independently produced and licensed by Design Tomorrow for non-commercial use. Early Renaissance MusicWestern Sycamorer benyOur Digital...


The Voice Interface

We're all using voice interfaces now — a thing of science fiction now very much in our reality. But it turns out that feelings — things like fear, loneliness, trust, and desire — play just as much of a role in the way these machines work than do databases and code... Links Data talks to the ComputerJosh.aiJosh promotional videoWe Are Hopelessly Hooked on TechnologyB.J. FoggTristan Harris on the needed design renaissance Music All music used in this episode is independently produced and...


The Power of Perspective

In a world as crowded with technological tools for measuring our progress as ours is, sometimes the best way to see how far we've come is, literally, in our own hands and on our own faces. In this episode, we'll discuss a simple exercise you can do to test your perspective and how well it accounts for other people, not just you. Links A 30-second test to determine whether your boss is a gem or a jerk Music All music used in this episode is independently produced and licensed by Design...