• IKEA has a new joinery method for their tables that looks pretty slick, robust, and cheap to make at scale. Notably, this innovation was arrived at by prototype engineers rather than designers sketching out possibilities on paper. As a team of designers who started as fabricators, it's a type of knowledge development and transfer that makes a lot of sense to us but is fairly rare in an era of work practices kept in their respective silos. Frontline workers across a company, in any department, should have channels to suggest improvements (with commensurate rewards for good outcomes) and those that find their work at the upper end of the ladder a little too clean should have more opportunities to get their hands dirty.




Building Things: 


Virtually There: 


Roadmapping the Future: 

  • William Gibson's seminal novel Neuromancer (often credited with defining the cyberpunk sci-fi sub-genre) has felt like the near future almost since it was published in 1984, with its dystopian details of military hacking, designer drugs and reality TV. Tech writer Jon Christian revisits the text to search for clues as to when the story takes place, finding it feels dangerously like our present moment: caught between the grand promises of technology and the worst aspects of human nature. 


More next week.