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Much ADO in the city, by Mini

7 February 2017 in Innovation

Mini has turned a former Brooklyn warehouse into a new design centre as part of the car maker’s move to develop its own take on the challenges of the urban environment (owner BMW has been busy in this space for a while with its BMW Guggenheim Lab). A/D/O kicked off proceedings last month with its first programme, Utopia vs. Dystopia: Designing Our Imagined Futures, which aims to investigate the role design plays in a world of rapid change.

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Green it

9 December 2016 in -e.showcase

Greenery is the name of Pantone’s 2017 colour of the year. Or 15-0343 if you want to get technical.

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Alice at the frontdesk

6 December 2016 in Innovation

future-workplaceKonica Minolta is aiming to shape the office with its new Workplace of the Future portfolio. And what future work clearly need is robotics – so, cue the Double 2 ‘telepresence’ machine which is essentially a two-wheeled balancing robot with an iPad attached. Konica Minolta views Double 2 as the perfect remote-working aide as it gives users “the freedom to move around an office, classroom or hospital – even though they’re not there.”

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Designing future work

13 September 2016 in Innovation

future-design-jobsWhere is innovation taking design jobs? For one, think augmented reality designers as AR evolution drives demand for creatives able to deliver intuitive and immersive experiences tailored to a wide spectrum of industries, from flighty entertainment right through to serious healthcare. For two, cue those drone experience designers with an ability to design the entire unmanned flight service experience.

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Designs on donations

8 August 2016 in -e.showcase

Design Museum Valentine TypewriterLondon’s Design Museum is leaving its old Thames-side haunt and is moving across the city to Kensington High Street. The new place will cost a cool £1 million to put together and the institution has come up £200,000 short. So the museum has started raising money in a way that will see members of the public donating £5 a pop to adopt an object. As well as becoming the parent of a piece of design, donors will get a link to a video showing their object being transported to the new location.

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Desking up Camden

26 May 2016 in Sharing economy

Interchange coworking LondonUK working space outfit Interchange has opened its flagship building, Atrium, in the Stables Market in London’s Camden. The new site comprises some 600 work stations arranged as hot desking areas and private offices, plus an events space, restaurant, ‘innovation lab’ and cafe, with a gym slated to come onstream later this year. Atrium is Interchange’s third office in its network of Camden co-working locations which aim to attract entrepreneurs, start-ups and creatives.

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Opendesk speeds up for start-ups

15 February 2016 in -e.showcase

OpendeskUK furniture brand Opendesk has launched its Opendesk Express service to ensure that London-based start-ups can get their legs under the company’s digitally-cut, locally produced, hand-built desks specially made for London’s new businesses. Opendesk is promising delivery within two weeks of receiving an order. That easily beats the regular eight-to-12 week leads times prevalent in the market.

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Latest News

Tech against Trump

6 February 2017 in technology

A grouping of some US tech firms including the likes of Apple, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft and Twitter have filed a joint legal brief opposing President Trump’s immigration ban

Now in bed with Birkenstocks

26 January 2017 in -e.showcase

German shoe firm Birkenstock is extending its business out of orthopaedic sandals and heading for the bedroom – cue a brand new range of six bed styles.

Tackling Fakebook

20 January 2017 in Social

The German government is drafting regulation that would require Facebook and other online networks to tackle fake news.

No more Yahoos here

10 January 2017 in -e.online

The Yahoo brand has been with us since the last century but is set to disappear from the online landscape when Verizon completes its acquisition of the Silicon Valley denizen

Non à Steve

15 December 2016 in technology

Paris Left attacks tech hub plans to name street after Steve Jobs.

Green it

9 December 2016 in -e.showcase

Greenery is the name of Pantone’s 2017 colour of the year. Or 15-0343 if you want to get technical.

Time-charged, wearable

21 November 2016 in technology

Look out for a smartwatch that powers up on body heat, which could well be one the first wearable devices that never needs a recharge.

Gimme drone, VR

18 November 2016 in technology

US consumers are set to purchase 1.2 million drones, 700,000 virtual reality headsets and 4.5 million 4K UHF TVs during the course of the fourth-quarter holiday season

Brexit slams UK fintech funding

17 November 2016 in Finance

Thirty UK-based fintech start-ups have had their funding cancelled or delayed by investors since the Brexit vote in June, giving them serious cashflow headaches.

alt-right tweets terminated

17 November 2016 in -e.social

Twitter has suspended a number of accounts associated with the US alt-right (aka right-wing extremist/white supremacist) movement backing Donald Trump.