Required: agency “sparring partner”

Why do we need a sparring partner from the world of advertising? We need to get better at communicating to more people. And we think we are uniquely poised to help answer emerging questions for creative agencies’ clients.

A “bubble” stretching from provincial China to our high streets

While China increases capacity to manufacture ever more of the same kinds of products, is it stimulating internal consumption fast enough to compensate for our “meh” with the latest shiny gadget we are all supposed to buy?

Worn thin: the limits of a “logic of innovation”

People overwhelmingly value battery life over “thin”. Numerous studies have backed the idea that people want battery life more than any other “innovation”. So why do manufacturers seem to sideline this straight-forward desire in favour of “thin”?

Exploring our e-waste: opening gadgets and learning about disposal

We hosted a very fast, two hour exploration of electronic waste at the Open Knowledge Festival. While we owe much of the growth of “Open Knowledge” to physical networks, hardware and electronics, we often ignore its material aspects and the consequences.

Guest post: normalising repair and challenging “perceived obsolescence”

This post is by Brighton Repair Café co-founder Victoria Jackson. We started around the same time and we have so much in common.