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Design Tomorrow

What we do and think today can create a better tomorrow.

Design Tomorrow is a podcast about design, technology, and being human with a special emphasis on growing our awareness that what we do and think today can create a better tomorrow.
Latest Episode
2019-5-6

The Interface and Me

Ep. 18

Are interfaces good? Or are they a distraction — for us the makers, and for the users we believe we are helping? How can we think better about both how we interface with digital experiences, personally, and how others do it? Today, we'll think deeply about the nature of the interface — what it is, and what it says about us, the people who made it — and explore the need for new rules for better interface-making...


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All music used in this episode is independently produced and licensed by Design Tomorrow for non-commercial use.


Credits

Design Tomorrow is produced by Chris Butler at the Tomorrow office in Durham, NC.


You can follow the show on Twitter @dsgntmrrw. You can visit the show's website at designtomorrow.co, and you can email me at chris @ designtomorrow.co.


Thanks for listening, and remember, what we do and think today can create a better tomorrow.

2019-5-6

The Interface and Me

Ep. 18

Are interfaces good? Or are they a distraction — for us the makers, and for the users we believe we are helping? How can we think better about both how we interface with digital experiences, personally, and how others do it? Today, we'll think deeply about the nature of the interface — what it is, and what it says about us, the people who made it — and explore the need for new rules for better interface-making...


Links


Music

All music used in this episode is independently produced and licensed by Design Tomorrow for non-commercial use.


Credits

Design Tomorrow is produced by Chris Butler at the Tomorrow office in Durham, NC.


You can follow the show on Twitter @dsgntmrrw. You can visit the show's website at designtomorrow.co, and you can email me at chris @ designtomorrow.co.


Thanks for listening, and remember, what we do and think today can create a better tomorrow.

2019-4-22

Useful Fictions

Ep. 17

We live in a time of illusions. Simulations that reflect back upon us more than just the passage of time, but something important about who we are. Something unique is going on right now — with the tools and technology we have — that is giving us the ability to stop, stretch, bend, and replay time. In this episode, we'll explore what that offers us, we for whom at some point, time will end...


Links

Music

All music used in this episode is independently produced and licensed by Design Tomorrow for non-commercial use.

Credits

Design Tomorrow is produced by Chris Butler at the Tomorrow office in Durham, NC.


You can follow the show on Twitter @dsgntmrrw. You can visit the show's website at designtomorrow.co, and you can email me at chris @ designtomorrow.co.


Thanks for listening, and remember, what we do and think today can create a better tomorrow.

2019-4-8

The Last Thing We Need Are Smartphones

Ep. 16

When so many problems of existence remain unsolved, we haven't earned the luxury of smartphones. So this is an intervention. A challenge to the status quo of waste and distraction and triviality and short-term pile-on that is our way of life here in 2019...


Links


Music

All music used in this episode is independently produced and licensed by Design Tomorrow for non-commercial use.


Credits

Design Tomorrow is produced by Chris Butler at the Tomorrow office in Durham, NC.


You can follow the show on Twitter @dsgntmrrw. You can visit the show's website at designtomorrow.co, and you can email me at chris @ designtomorrow.co.


Thanks for listening, and remember, what we do and think today can create a better tomorrow.

2019-3-25

Behind Every Robot

Ep. 15

What is it about robots that compels us to create them? And what does it say about a culture that makes machine surrogates despite not having reached a consensus about why to make them in the first place? In this episode, we'll explore the robots taking over our world, and the agenda behind them...


Links


Music

All music used in this episode is independently produced and licensed by Design Tomorrow for non-commercial use.


Credits


Design Tomorrow is produced by Chris Butler at the Tomorrow office in Durham, NC. You can follow the show on Twitter @dsgntmrrw. You can visit the show's website at designtomorrow.co, and you can email me at chris @ designtomorrow.co.


Thanks for listening, and remember, what we do and think today can create a better tomorrow.

2019-3-11

The Real Value of Ideas

Ep. 14

What are our ideas worth? Are they as valuable as we think they are? And what might change about how we act on our ideas once we start thinking differently about how we value them and how unique they really are? In this episode, we'll explore how simultaneous ideas and discoveries throughout history show that ideas and minds probably work differently than we think...



Links


Music

All music used in this episode is independently produced and licensed by Design Tomorrow for non-commercial use.


Credits

Design Tomorrow is produced by Chris Butler at the Tomorrow office in Durham, NC.


You can follow the show on Twitter @dsgntmrrw. You can visit the show's website at designtomorrow.co, and you can email me at chris @ designtomorrow.co.


Thanks for listening, and remember, what we do and think today can create a better tomorrow.

2019-2-26

How to Make Good Things

Ep. 13

They say that practice makes perfect. I'll settle for "practice makes good," thank you very much! In this episode of Design Tomorrow, we'll explore what it means to practice - what there is in repetition that can help us to get better. Not just at what we do, but also at who we are.


Links


Music

All music used in this episode is independently produced and licensed by Design Tomorrow for non-commercial use.


Credits

Design Tomorrow is produced by Chris Butler at the Tomorrow office in Durham, NC.


You can follow the show on Twitter @dsgntmrrw. You can visit the show's website at designtomorrow.co, and you can email me at chris @ designtomorrow.co.Thanks for listening, and remember, what we do and think today can create a better tomorrow.

2019-2-11

Computer World

Ep. 12

There are very few people left on Earth for whom the world isn't shaped by computers or seen through their screens. But does it have to be this way? In this episode, we'll explore how screens — and the images they reveal — are just as much a manifestation of the world from which they come as they are the raw materials of a story about the next one: the future...


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Music

With the exception of a brief sample from a live performance of Kraftwerk in 1978, all music used in this episode was independently produced and shared with Design Tomorrow for non-commercial use by Able Parris of kamuter.


Some of My Favorite Independent Media

  • Robin Sloan is a writer and self-styled media inventor who constantly inspires me by independently producing short stories and "odd-shaped internet projects." His latest workspace is called Year of the Meteor, where he's writing a regular newsletter and producing some interesting zine-like media. Robin and his partner Kathryn Tomajan also independently produce California extra virgin olive oil under the label: Fat Gold
  • Desert Oracle is a pocket-sized field guide (and radio show) to the fascinating American deserts: strange tales, singing sand dunes, sagebrush trails, artists and aliens, authors and oddballs, ghost towns and modern legends, musicians and mystics, scorpions and saguaros! Independently produced by Ken Layne.
  • Mysterious Universe is my favorite podcast about the weird, the strange, the paranormal, and the metaphysical independently produced for over a decade in Sydney, Australia. You can support them by listening and becoming a member of their Plus Club.
  • Logic Magazine is a print magazine about technology that publishes three times per year and maintains an intentionally small digital footprint.
  • Hurry Slowly is a podcast about how you can be more productive, creative, and resilient through the simple act of slowing down.
  • Aquarium Drunkard is an eclectic audio journal focused on daily reviews, interviews, features, podcasts and sessions.


Credits

Design Tomorrow is produced by Chris Butler at the Tomorrow office in Durham, NC. You can follow the show on Twitter @dsgntmrrw. You can visit the show's website at designtomorrow.co, and you can email me at chris @ designtomorrow.co.


Thanks for listening, and remember, what we do and think today can create a better tomorrow.