An overview of our TechFest 2009 booth
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As I mentioned earlier, a bunch of us from the Socio-Digital Systems team are in Redmond for our annual TechFest 2009 event. This is our big chance to show our work both to Microsoft employees, and also to the press and industry partners. The press day was yesterday. Today and tomorrow we present work to

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TechFest 2009
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TechFest is Microsoft Research’s annual show-and-tell. The whole division basically decamps to the Conference Center in Redmond and spend two or three days showing Microsoft employees what we spend our time doing. It’s a good way for them to get an overview, and hopefully make connections with researchers that are working in areas that are

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PSFK’s Good Ideas Salon, London
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I never really mentioned how I got on with my presentation a few weeks ago at the PSFK Good Ideas Salon. It was an engaging day, held at the Guardian’s new, sparkling offices near Kings Cross. “New Ideas” provides for a broad topic area,  and the speakers and panels matched that. The day begun with

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The contents of my Moleskine pocket
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I’ve made a habit of ripping up magazines and cutting stuff out to stick in my Moleskine sketchbook, which has a handy pocket in the back just for this purpose. Mostly the stuff I collect are shots of things that simply look cook, products that are interesting or just beautifully made. I seem to have

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Panoramas
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From this year’s birthday party for all the kids in our NCT group.

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Japan Car – Designs for the Crowded Globe
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I nipped into the Science Museum on Wednesday, on my way to Boom, the interim student show at the Royal College of Art. I thought I’d quickly try and visit Japan Car. This was conceived and designed by two heroes of mine, Kenya Hara, the design manager for Muji, and Shigeru Ban, the man known

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Limbo snowman
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The result of a little melting. A carrot pointed skywards.

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Hillu Liebelt
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I saw the textile work of Hillu Liebelt in the January issue of Crafts magazine, and really loved the installation pieces of textile heads on thin wire stands that she created. She has a show entitled “Delicate Matters” that’s just started in the UK at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe in rural Lancashire if anyone

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Canterbury Cathedral Arches
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