A conversation with Natalia Buckley


Photo by Roberta Mataityte

Natalia Buckley is a hacker, designer, and creative technologist. She’s originally from Poland and now lives in Brighton on England’s south coast, a city famed for its appetite for experimentation.

I met her at Lighthouse, Brighton’s “digital culture agency” to talk about her recent projects and why she makes the things she makes.

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How many uses are there for a shoe?

I’ve been spending some time over the new year reflecting on my work, and trying to develop ideas about how I package what I do (which is rather nebulous and difficult to describe).

That calls for divergent thinking, amongst other techniques (e.g. needs analysis, prototyping and validation). So I read this blog post, Divergent thinking in children, by James Allen, with some interest.

In it, he talks about the apparently natural skill that we all have as children to generate lots of ideas (or solutions to a problem), and how this seems to be lost as we get older (and possibly as we go through the education system, which values convergent thinking). Continue reading “How many uses are there for a shoe?”

Sketching, pens and a new DIY project

A while back, I posted about how I was looking to try other means of exploring, developing and communicating ideas beyond the computer screen.

I have also been spending a lot more time in the company of designers lately, and I’ve seen sketching used much more frequently and openly as a problem-solving tool. This has spurred me on in my efforts to become a better sketcher. Continue reading “Sketching, pens and a new DIY project”

Siri as a transaction machine

A transactional Siri has the seeds to shake up the $500 billion global advertising industry. For a consumer with intent to purchase, the ideal input comes close to “pure” information, as opposed to ephemeral ad impression or a series of search results which need to be parsed by the user. Siri, well-oiled by the very rich contextual awareness of a personal mobile device, could deliver “pure” information with unmatched relevance at the time it’s most needed. Eliminating all intermediaries, Siri could “deliver” a customer directly to a vendor, ready for a transaction Apple doesn’t have to get involved in. Siri simply matches intent and offer more accurately, voluntarily and accountably than any other method at scale that we’ve ever seen.

via Is Siri really Apple’s future? « counternotions.

Open Source Cola


I love the application of a software frame of reference to a recipe (reverse engineering commercial cola recipes, releasing their own under an open source licence).


(Photo taken at Dublin Mini Maker Faire)