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
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
Thursday, 22 January 2015 09:53

Dark matter: Designing for privacy

Thinkers in art, technology, fashion and product design are responding to the threat of mass surveillance with a range of privacy-conscious gadgets that have a distinctly villainous aesthetic

Published in Features
Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00

Can we outsmart the smart city?

A new generation of cities are being wired up to control themselves by harnessing huge quantities of real-time data. But by turning a city onto autopilot, are we in danger of losing what makes it human?

Published in Features
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
Friday, 31 October 2014 00:00

Icon 138: Data

From smart cities to mass surveillance, our December issue – out on 1 November – looks at the complex relationship between democracy and big data

Published in Comment