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Industry news and events - 20 March 2020

Get a bitesize overview of the week’s headlines and events with Icon’s weekly round-up

Published in News

Architects and designers ignore data at their peril. It is as important as any other building component.

Published in Opinion

Fashion has so far resisted the pull of digital technology, but now architects and designers are joining forces to revolutionise the industry’s way of working, says Debika Ray

Published in Features

Combining the design techniques of the digital avant-garde with pomo’s sense of historic context, a new generation of British architects is stepping into the limelight, says Douglas Murphy

Published in Features
Thursday, 01 September 2016 15:17

Björk Digital at Somerset House

Fans of the experimental artist will be mesmerised by her intrepid melding of music and technology, but those less familiar with her work will find this exhibition confusing, says Peter Smisek

Published in Review

An exhibition by Rhode Island School of Design at New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair presents objects that encourage direct communication in a world full of electronic devices

Published in News
Monday, 27 April 2015 11:05

The selfie stick

It is the perfect symbol of a narcissistic, social-media-obsessed society that doesn't even realise what terrible photos it's taking, says Edwin Heathcote

Published in Crimes Against Design
Monday, 27 April 2015 10:56


The oracle is beginning to look as jaded as a stack of encyclopaedias. It's time to dust it off with improvements to readability and navigation, says Warriors Studio

Published in Rethink
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 12:37

The Apple Watch: What do you think?

The media reaction to yesterday's announcements by the tech giant has centred around its cost and impending obsolescence. But we want to know what you think about the gadget's design?

Published in Comment
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:26

Portable Eye Examination Kit (Peek)

Until now, doctors have been losing the battle against preventable blindness in the world's most remote regions. By putting diagnosis in the hands of the community, the Peek smartphone system is set to be a major breakthrough

Published in Features
Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00

The Internet of Things

Is it worth sacrificing control of our lives just so the fridge can order in some more preserved lemons when we run out?

Published in Crimes Against Design
Friday, 20 February 2015 13:05

Photoshop turns 25

In the decades since it was first released, Thomas Knoll's digital darkroom has become a brand, a verb and a defining symbol of our image-led culture, says Sam Jacob

Published in Icon of the Month
Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

The cloud

There's something comforting about the wispy metaphor for the network that underpins most aspects of our daily lives, says James Bridle. It's easy to forget the reality of its vast physical infrastructure

Published in Icon of the Month
Friday, 06 February 2015 16:04

The cashpoint

Never mind the scammers – you're getting ripped off by the designers of these vital but dated, limited and ugly machines

Published in Crimes Against Design
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

Keiichi Matsuda: Total digital overload

The designer's films offer a glimpse into a nightmarish sci-fi future in which every surface, appliance and inch of peripheral vision fizzes with data – an onslaught that might be just a couple of years away. Designers, he says, must shape this world – or be shaped by it

Published in Features
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00

Tangible data

Physical versions of pie and bar charts and a tapestry that represents human voices are attempts by designers to make data more accessible

Published in News

A campaign to expose online paedophilia using a digital representation of a 10-year-old child won a Dutch Design Awards last month. But what are the wider implications of this development?

Published in Comment
Friday, 07 November 2014 09:55

Keiichi Matsuda: Augmented Hyper-Reality

Watch the designer's films that depict a future in which a virtual layer of data is a continual presence in our lives

Published in Video

Hayward Gallery, London
Until 4 January 2015

Published in Diary
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 01:00

Digital Revolution at the Barbican

Fun, FX and nostalgia are to the fore as the Barbican attempts to cram several trillion pixels of digital history into a single real-life gallery, says Isabel Stevens

Published in Review
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