Everyware and ubiquitous in the best possible way
Adam Greenfield is co-founder of Do projects, an undisciplinary design collective, and author of Everyware (2006) and The City Is Here For You To Use (forthcoming). Currently head of design direction for service and user interface design at Nokia, Adam lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.
Even though, according to the statistics of the UN Population Division, the final shift only happened at the end of 2008, it is already a cliche to note that humanity is now predominantly an urban species. We think we understand what this means, but the truth is that cities themselves are changing: the urban fabric, in the developed and developing world both, is increasingly being reimagined as a field of interactive, networked information-gathering, -processing, -storage and -display resources.
What happens to urban form and metropolitan experience under such circumstances? What are some key implications for us, as designers, consumers and, most importantly, as citizens?