In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World. Author: John Thackara. Publication : Cover Image citations per article, View colleagues of John Thackara. In the Bubble has ratings and 16 reviews. Kars said: It’s interesting to read this eight years after publication. The parts where Thackara heaps exam. So asks author John Thackara in his new book, In the Bubble: In the Bubble is about a world based less on stuff and more on people.

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Space, Politics, Affect N. Was about the give up and put it down, but then it finished—the last 96 thacjara are endnotes, so that’s good, I guess.

In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World

What to Read Next. And new principles–above all, lightness–inform the way these services are designed and used. The interactions between all these systems and human behavior are complicated and hard to understand-but the policies themselves are not the result of chance.

Some of the innovative projects and efforts he cites, while intriguing, are barely underway and not yet ready for prime-time. I did enjoy the section on designing thcakara to mimic nature, and had a good laugh at all the outlandish things that could’ve been the next big thing. Andrea bubbble it really liked it Aug 02, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. We need, he says, to design from the edge, to learn from the world, and to stop designing for, but instead design with.

Technology is not going to go away, but the time to discuss the end it will serve is before we deploy it, not after. It suggests that what the tech revolution most needs, and may already be moving toward, is a sense of purpose. Mar 29, Andreas rated it liked it Shelves: However, many of his suggestions for how to go about designing for this world are still relevant, perhaps more so now than ever before.


Your car starts to spin out of control, or just as bad, you witness another car a few yards ahead suddenly lose control.

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And accessible examples troughout balance the big ideas”. Nov 08, Asaad Mahmood rated buvble it was ok. It only improves through use and response. Thackara may well emerge as a visionary voice for the wired era. If there is one pervasive criticism of global capitalism that cuts across all ideologies, it is this: Can good design make a stupid product smart?

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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. These are tough questions for the pushers of t How to design a world in which we rely less on stuff, and more on people. This is why Bruce Sterling’s “Shaping Things” is a far better book.

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These inspired and innovative technologies return people to the heart thackarq the world and help them create a fulfilling life. He writes, for example, about The Open Planning Project, a New York-based organization that advocates for a free, distributed and open geographic information infrastructure to help citizens engage in meaningful dialogue about their places.


Preview — In the Bubble by John Thackara. The design focus is thackaar services, not things. Thackara tells us of ancient Greece’s symposiarch who could enforce drinking or nude dancing on too-serious feasters. Thackara leaps thackkara from statistics to observations to anecdotes, from past to present to future, from energy to the environment, from the Burning Man Festival in Arizona to the Bombay Lunch Delivery program.

In many different cultures, he discovered, “an obsession with things is being replaced by a fascination with events. Thackara lives in south-west France with his wife, Kristi van Riet.

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Thanks for telling thackra about the problem. First chapter still holds true and goes hard. Jul 10, Kars rated it really liked it Shelves: Thackara has built an intricate and compelling case for the continuing impact of local action in a networked world Don’t expect design to b An interesting “inspirational catalogue” of design trends for the 21st century.

Using both the microscope and the macroscope, under criteria such as lightness, conviviality, smartness or flow, he maintains the interest of the reader through a fascinating journey of increased awareness into our everyday experiences.