Monthly Archives: June 2016

Design Patents & the Future of Fashion

I had to attend the Struktur conference vicariously this year, but I had the great fortune of attending this creative summit for active, outdoor and urban design last year. The organizers had approached me because of my talk on the lack of copyright protection in the fashion industry. It… More

Johanna Blakley: Overcoming “Development Fatigue”

How can we translate awareness into action? If you’re a regular news consumer in the United States you might get the impression that world is going to hell. Especially when it comes to international news, you’ve probably recoiled from the grizzly headlines and wondered how on earth, in the 21st… More

How to Tragedy

This is what you do when it all goes to hell again. You casually turn the television on while the coffee water boils, but the news punches you in the gut and takes your breath away. You instantly revise the whole history of the world in order to make the… More

Johanna Blakley: Technologies and Taste

I had a wonderful conversation with Katina Michael, professor of Information Systems and Technology at the University of Wollongong, and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine. She wanted to have a chat about my forthcoming article on “Technologies of Taste,” which explores the social impact of recommendation engines. But the… More