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Happy Birthday Barcodes

60 years and 1 day ago, the patent for barcodes was filed in the US.

And much like the tin opener, they proceded the widespread technology to use them. Brilliant foresight or just naivety?

Whatever the answer to that question, the fact that pretty much every physical product in the world involves barcodes in some form or another means that they got something right.

60 years is a long time for a technology to hold its own and, for the foreseeable future, they don’t look like to be a dying one. I just hope Mr Barcode inventor has earnt his just rewards for an understated but quite brilliant bit of the modern world.

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Weekly theme – Skills of the Modern Designer

I thought i’d have a go at focusing the mind and create a series of weekly blog posts on the modern designer.

New technologies have changed the role of the designer over the years but the principles do remain the same. Hopefully this series will explain the how different skills and methodologies set design professionals apart, whilst highlighting the core skills and competencies that all designers have.

First post will be next week.

Happy reading,

Design Got Small

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Google Glasses Reality Check

For anyone who think the forthcoming Google Project Glasses are the coolest things ever, I will point you in the direction of Black Mirror, a Channel 4 programme written by Charlie Brooker. The show, one of a three-part twisted and cynical look at the future of society, was very successful in the UK but I’m not sure on its impact further afield.

This dark and alternative view of the future, that pre dated the announcement by Google, predicts a virtual memory implanted into every human. Sounds like a cool idea but the implications are much more deep rooted…

Certainly worth a look whatever your viewpoint is on Google.