How to Cheat/ Draw

Learning to draw starts with understanding and observing the world around us in order to translate it to paper. Drawing is essentially cheating! We are cheating the eye by creating the illusion of three dimensional space on a two dimensional surface.

We had a drawing workshop organised by Olga on Friday. Olga wanted us to walk away equipped with skills for any kind of sketching or drawing.

The workshop focused on what everybody thinks is the most difficult thing to draw: hands! We design more and more for handheld and wearable devices so knowing how to sketch hands quickly and confidently can help anyone to communicate ideas!

As well as practical exercises, Olga taught a little art history, anatomy and look at examples of how famous masters did it.

‘Access to services via mobile will be game-changers’ – Bill Gates

The poor have traditionally used financial services that are extremely inefficient, such as cash and commodities that lose value… But the mobile revolution will give these people more control over their assets.

Bill Gates, January 2015

Just as the availability of mobile phones made a huge difference to the lives of the poor by providing access to specialist knowledge like healthcare where it was not previously possible, Microsoft founder Bill Gates predicts that mobile payment technology will change the lives of the very poorest in the next 15 years.

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Watching the detectors

There’s an idea that’s been kicking around for a few years that using the fact animals can detect disease via smell, we should try to develop a technological solution to do the same on a scalable basis. It is really starting to bubble up as technology starts to come together. There’s been anecdotal evidence for centuries, but exciting scientific evidence really got going when this story appeared in 2006. Long story short, it turned out that dogs could be trained to detect cancer from breath samples given by patients.

By 2009 scientists had been hard at work and had managed to make a biosensor that was doing a similar job (but without the need for walkies). Jump forward again to May 2014 and it’s on a chip detecting lung cancer, and then by January 2015 CNN reports ‘digital nose’ on a chip can sniff out diseases, which is now being commercially developed. Continue reading Watching the detectors

Freedom of Expression Online

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France, the UK government has announced plans to increase monitoring and limitation of free speech on the web. Cameron’s comments on 12th January have been widely decried in the technology industry as “knee-jerk” reactions to situations in which the ‘ability to monitor private conversations’ is neither the problem nor the solution. Continue reading Freedom of Expression Online

Can technology really provide disruption in banking?

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the future of banking, even whether it has one. Everyone agrees that some change is coming, but the degree of that change seems to vary considerably. At one end of the spectrum are the ‘I can do that’ technologists predicting the imminent death of banking in a tsunami of crowd sourced micro payments and at the other are the banking big beast advocates, confident that change is nothing to worry about.
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Competitive? US?

Tobias & Tobias are keen bakers. We’ve got people who specialise in bread (Olga), intricate cupcakes (Kat) and pastry (Chris Neale), and we eat very well out of it. After the success of our summer team bake off, digital media recruitment agency Futureheads got in touch to tell us they liked baking too and they reckoned they could take us on! (Cheeky blighters). Continue reading Competitive? US?

BIMA breakfast on education

Gerry and I went to the BIMA breakfast briefing on Tuesday 2 December. The topic was BACK TO SCHOOL: HOW CAN BRANDS BEST SUPPORT TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM? The key insights that were useful for the MyPlace project were a) taking an iterative approach – releasing improved versions every few weeks/months (we knew this already but it’s good to know that others share our thoughts) and b) constantly engaging with the teachers/working with them – as they know the students best. Continue reading BIMA breakfast on education

The Immaculate Strategic Conception

The festive season is upon us and many are celebrating Christmas. It is also time for reflection on our plans and strategies for next year. But have we immaculately conceived a new business master plan that will just work? Or is it adaptive and includes the people that will benefit from the outcome? Continue reading The Immaculate Strategic Conception