Aral Balkan’s headshot

Our lives are a string of experiences. Experiences with people and experiences with things. And we, as designers — as the people who craft experiences — we have a profound responsibility to make every experience as beautiful, as comfortable, as painless, as empowering, and as delightful as possible.’

— This is All There Is.

Freedom can be beautiful.

I am a designer working to bring design thinking to open technology. My goal is to empower regular people to own their own tools and data. The only way to achieve this goal is to create a new category of consumer technology that is design‐led. I call this new category of technology Indie Tech. I’ve started a social enterprise, Indie Phone, to create one of the first examples of Indie Tech.


Free is a Lie at The RSA in London. April 10, 2014

Upcoming talks

You can also watch recordings of some of my previous talks. I have to balance my talks with other work on Indie Phone and I am mostly booked for 2014. If you have a special conference that would benefit from hearing about Indie Tech, and could benefit Indie Tech in return, send me an email.

The Net Awards nominee for Game Changer of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, and Conference Talk of the Year

Thanks to you and your support, we have been shortlisted in all three of the categories that we were nominated in at The Net Awards.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms on May 9th, 2014.



Also see: other notes, quick scribbles, and the historic blog archive.

Get in touch

Drop me a line to chat about Prometheus or to book me to keynote at your conference.