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A film about the Stripe Partners Studio

Over at Stripe Partners we’ve shot a film of our studio process. Studios are our way of ensuring that the benefits of an ethnographic approach to developing understanding are shared by our clients through their engagement in the worlds they … Continue reading

Gall’s Law

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with … Continue reading

Love and Service

“It is not difficult to see why we are so keen to widen our knowledge and why we are so little concerned to increase our capacity to love – knowledge translates directly into power; love translates into service.” – Richard … Continue reading

Models Etic and Emic

From Trawick’s Notes on Love in a Tamil Family


  From a blog post by FT management writer Andrew Hill.

Chips and kinships

This whole information business

One of the many revelations from reading Jon Gertner’s magisterial history of Bell Labs, is learning more about the story of Claude Shannon. He was one of any visionaries at the labs, but seems to have been preeminent amongst a … Continue reading

Anthropology & design

“Anthropology provides a kind of thick description that contextualises design processes and products, and design offers anthropology creative means of exploring and representing what it means to be human” anne galloway

Stripe Partners

Earlier in the week we pressed the button on a new company website. The business is called Stripe Partners – and although the founding partners have been working together for a short while on initial client engagements we’d not previously … Continue reading

The state of digital

A long but comprehensive ‘state of digital world’ presentation from Business Insider. The future of digital from Useful Ideas


From the 2012 Jefferson Lecture by Wendell E Barry  “The term “imagination” in what I take to be its truest sense refers to a mental faculty that some people have used and thought about with the utmost seriousness. The sense … Continue reading

Unaccustomed earth

“Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil. My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes … Continue reading

Self portrait

Breathtaking picture by a Japanese astronaut on the ISS via. There’s another, much earlier one, here.

Global Shipping Routes

Wonderful image of these engines of world trade  

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Coffee 1977 style

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The Black Diamond

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To the west

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Late evening

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