Often when I talk about what I do, making isn’t just this inevitable function tacked on at the end. The way we make our products is certainly equally as demanding and requires so much definition. I design and make. I can’t separate those two.

Why do we make? Connecting: Makers examines how the connected world is changing the nature of creativity. When everyone is a maker, new possibilities emerge, but with them come new responsibilities about digital transparency, cultural awareness, and the role of the designer.

Instagram User Analysis by Phil Wilson
Instagram photos are organized according to hashtag to view a site for architectural intervention through the perspective of its primary user. Photos tagged ‘#Dalhousie’ were organized by compositional comparison to identify a list of important landmarks and activities that best represent ‘Dalhousie University’.
This exercise blends emerging technologies with the principles of ‘imaginability’ outlined by Kevin Lynch in his book Image of the City.
With help from Thomas Artur Spallek

Instagram User Analysis by Phil Wilson

Instagram photos are organized according to hashtag to view a site for architectural intervention through the perspective of its primary user. Photos tagged ‘#Dalhousie’ were organized by compositional comparison to identify a list of important landmarks and activities that best represent ‘Dalhousie University’.

This exercise blends emerging technologies with the principles of ‘imaginability’ outlined by Kevin Lynch in his book Image of the City.

With help from Thomas Artur Spallek

For a long time in Japan there have been master craftsmen called ‘MIYA-DAIKU’. They are professional carpenters who specialize in shrine and temple architecture. They are highly skilled and known for making full use of each piece of wood. For example, if they see a gnarled or imperfect piece of wood, they are able to see its potential instead of seeing it as a defect and throwing it away. Shape determines how an item will be used. I believe this is what design can do. “Placing things where they should be” on the assumption that necessity would dictate its use. Try to maximize the potential of things within the limits of the design. That is our philosophy.
Computers for personal use have focused on the excitement of interaction. But when computers are all around, so that we want to compute while doing something else and have more time to be more fully human, we must radically rethink the goals, context and technology of the computer and all the other technology crowding into our lives. Calmness is a fundamental challenge for all technological design of the next fifty years.