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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.
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2019-9-9

Phones Never Die. They're Eaten By Birds

Ep. 26

Can we really call it progress when it creates so much waste? What if your phone — the one you’re using right now — was your last phone? Take a good look at it and imagine using it for the rest of your life. Could it even last that long? Could you? Probably not. Today I want to think about what that means. What happens to a planet and its people when technological progress is measured in product cycles. And what happens when there's no balance sheet to account for the other side of that — when every new product leaves billions of products and accessories and packaging behind…


Show Notes

Music

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

  • Felt
  • Fall Creek Unit
  • Formation Process
  • Novation Peak
  • Mariposa
  • Alluvial
  • Natoma
  • Spindle
  • Illumination Ceremony

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.

2019-9-9

Phones Never Die. They're Eaten By Birds

Ep. 26

Can we really call it progress when it creates so much waste? What if your phone — the one you’re using right now — was your last phone? Take a good look at it and imagine using it for the rest of your life. Could it even last that long? Could you? Probably not. Today I want to think about what that means. What happens to a planet and its people when technological progress is measured in product cycles. And what happens when there's no balance sheet to account for the other side of that — when every new product leaves billions of products and accessories and packaging behind…


Show Notes

Music

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

  • Felt
  • Fall Creek Unit
  • Formation Process
  • Novation Peak
  • Mariposa
  • Alluvial
  • Natoma
  • Spindle
  • Illumination Ceremony

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.

2019-8-19

You Don't Have to Be an Entrepreneur

Ep. 24

Entrepreneurship doesn’t have to mean what you think it means.


Over the course of the next two episodes, I'd like to share with you how my own perspective on “entrepreneurship” has evolved, and offer a critique of the sameness of the popular model of the entrepreneur. I'll also give you eight little nuggets of wisdom that have been helpful to me on my journey so far, and only grow in their value to me as it continues…


Show Notes


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.

2019-8-5

The Future vs. The Future

Ep. 23

Every vision of the future is a better index of the present from which it came than whatever time it imagines. So today, let's look back at some of the things we believed would serve as landmarks of the future. Not to point out how quaint they are or to dunk on the blind spots of the past. But so that we can better understand why — no matter what shiny new objects we make and use — we never quite feel like we've gotten to the future. Why it's so difficult to recognize how far we've come…


Show Notes

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.

2019-7-22

Words Matter

Ep. 22

Too often we think of the word "design" as a shorthand for an ecosystem of mostly visual phenomena. But words play an enormous, though often unseen, role in the creation of everything. Today, I want to tell you a story about how my life was changed by a few words said quickly, but words which I will never forget...


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.

2019-6-17

A.I. Ain't that I.

Ep. 21

The majority of our clicking and tapping is a repetitive act of information management. Isn't A.I. supposed to help us with this? Don't hold your breath... Today, on Design Tomorrow, in the tradition of the rantiest of rants, I'd like to, well, rant about a few things. About AI and us, about wasted time and wasting of the land, and about the lowing and highing of design...


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.

2019-6-3

The Glove, the Display, and the Possible Future

Ep. 20

Is technology a means to an end — the ladder we climb to a future we want to inhabit because it's better for us than the present — or is it as far as we let our minds and hearts go? In this episode of Design Tomorrow, we'll connect a few stories about technology that didn't make it in order to better understand the technological path our culture is on...


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.