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12 SEPTEMBER 2013

Phone Bloks: user customisation through modular design

"Phone components all sharing a common purpose. You may be wondering if is really possible to design and manufacture a modular blok phone cost effectively? We believe it is, and we are asking for your support so that you can be directly involved in making this project a reality. Check out the incredible ideas we're working on in the PhoneBloks video, and think about how this would change your future cell phone upgrade plans."

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2013block • blok phone • brickcell phonecomponent systemcrowdfundingcustomisable • customisation • Dave Hakken • design responsibilitydisposable consumptionflexible designs • interchangeable parts • KickstarterLEGOmodular designmodular structuremodular systemmodularity in designpartphone • Phone Bloks • phone upgrade • PhoneBloks • planned obsolescenceproduct designradical innovationrecombinantreconstructive modelreplacementsmartphonesocial enterprisespeculative designstart-up businesssustainable design principlestechnology innovationtransformable • upgrade • upgrade plans • user customisation

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Simon Perkins
12 AUGUST 2013

UK start-up product design agency Made In Mind

"Made in Mind was founded in 2009 by Matthew Judkins and Min–Kyu Choi. The duo met on the campuses of Imperial College and the Royal College of Art and formed the company to commercialise the Folding Plug design concept that Min–Kyu developed during his studies. Numerous individuals and organisations joined Matthew and Min–Kyu along the way to contribute to the development, funding and marketing of the concept which was realised in 2012 with the launch of the Mu. Made in Mind, now consisting of a diverse team of industry and technical professionals, are in the process of extending the product pipeline and placing the Mu on the global stage."

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2009AC power plugadapterscommercialisationcompact designdesign conceptdesign innovation • folding plug • Imperial College Londonindustrial designMA Product Design • Made in Mind • Matthew Judkins • Min-Kyu Choiminiaturisation • Mu USB Charger • product designredesignRoyal College of Artstart-up businessUK • USB Smartphone charger

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Simon Perkins
05 JANUARY 2013

Visualising interconnectedness through social network streams

"Tech City Map, created by developers at Trampoline Systems and designed by Playgen, pulls in streams of social network data for all of the businesses in the area to help analyse their influence. The Tech City Map follows in the footsteps of Matt Biddulph's original Silicon Roundabout map as well as Wired's very own version, produced in 2009."

(Olivia Solon and Nate Lanxon, 10 November 2011, Wired UK)

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2011 • academic partners • affinityAmazon.combusinessbusiness community • Central London • chartCiscoCity University Londoncluster mapping • creative startup • data visualisationDavid Camerondiagrameast LondonEast London Tech CityEric van der KleijFacebookGoogle IncGoogle MapsGreenwichHackneyhubImperial College Londoninformation visualisationIntelinterconnectedness • Islington • LondonLoughborough Universitymap • Matt Biddulph • media companiesnetwork • Newham • next-generation applications • next-generation services • Old Street • Old Street roundabout • Olympic Legacy Company • Olympic Park • Playgen • Qualcomm • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park • relatedness • retweets • ShoreditchSilicon Roundabout • Silicon Roundabout map • Silicon Valleysoftware companiesstart-up business • Stratford • Tech City • Tech City cluster • Tech City Map • technology companies • Tower Hamlets • Trampoline Systems Ltd • Twitter streamUK • UK headquarters • University College LondonvisualisationVodafoneweb of connections

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
29 MAY 2009

KiosKiosK: free retail space for new creative businesses

"Designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway MBE have today called for budding creative entrepreneurs to come forward to sell their products from 'KiosKiosK' – an innovative 'pop up shop' that will provide free temporary retail space for start–up businesses in central London this summer.

The first KiosKiosK – designed by the Hemingways and supported by the Mayor of London and the London Sustainable Development Commission's London Leaders programme – will be housed for two months (July to September 2009) outside London's iconic City Hall. It will offer rent–free space for people with creative products to sell such as ceramics, artworks, creative gifts and fashion, helping new businesses with great ideas to get a stepup on the ladder to success.

It is hoped that low cost 'pop up' shops of this kind will provide a template for London and towns and cities across the UK by offering a helping hand for businesses that may be priced out of high cost, high street and prime retail locations. This will also help to support smaller, independent shops increasing consumer choices.

The Hemingways started the famous Red or Dead brand from low cost 'easy in, easy out' starter units at Camden and Kensington Markets and Affleck's Palace in Manchester, but believe it has now become increasingly difficult for start up creative businesses to find affordable retail space."

(KiosKiosK press release, 27 May 2009, UK)

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2009 • affordable retail space • consumer choicecreative businessescreative entrepreneurs • creative gifts • creative products • easy in easy out • Gerardine Hemingway • great ideas • helping new businesses • independent shopskiosk • KiosKiosK • little-bitty store • London Sustainable Development Commission • pop-up shop • prime locations • Red or Dead • rent-free • retail spacesmall businessesstart-up business • temporary retail space • the high street • UK • Wayne Hemingway

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Simon Perkins
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