Design thinking + open source = freedom for mere mortals.
‘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.’
I am an experience designer working to bring design thinking to open source to empower regular people to own their own data. The only way to achieve this goal is to create a new category of technology, what I call experience‐driven open technology, with the aim of making products that compete on user experience with the likes of Apple and Google in the consumer space. I’ve just launched Indie Phone to realise this goal.
I also sit on the board of directors of Code Club, a nonprofit enterprise that facilitates a nationwide network volunteer‐led after school coding clubs for children aged 9‐11. Volunteer today to help spark lifetimes of curiosity by teaching kids to code.
The missing quadrant of consumer technology. Experience‐driven Open (XO) is the missing quadrant of consumer technology. It is essential that we start building products that fall under this category of technology if we want to craft a future society where individuals own their digital selves. (1 minute read.)
Trickle‐down technology and why it doesn’t work. Just as the unprecedented global wealth gap between the super rich and everyone else proves that trickle‐down economics doesn’t work, the glaring lack of open source adoption in the consumer space indicates that trickle‐down technology isn’t working either. (7 minute read.)
Indie Data is a movement to create, support, and popularise products that empower you to own digital self; your data, tools, & profile. (4 minute read.)
Beware of geeks bearing gifts. First Google, and now Facebook, want to connect the world to the Internet. Surely, this can only be a good thing, right? (3 minute read.)
On owning your own data. Owning your own data is like owning your own home. Unfortunately, we live in a world where our only option is to rent from companies that snoop on us. Prometheus aims to change that. (4 minute read.)
Codename Prometheus is a new initiative to create an open platform that competes on user experience in the consumer space. (10 minute read.)