The DNA of design is mutating. Designers are replicating the patterns and processes of nature, making chairs that are grown like bone, vases built by bees and posters printed with bacteria. Design and biology are being spliced together.
The arrival of a Northern Bottlenose Whale in the Thames in January 2006 was the result of two wrong turns. Straying from its customary feeding grounds off the coast of Nova Scotia, the whale found itself in the North Sea.
The Shock of the Old is packed with iconoclastic, thought-provoking ideas that challenge our innovation-centric view of technology. Charting the rise and fall and rise again of technologies, the book understands them through their actual use.