This past Wednesday members of the Design Trust Council convened at the beautiful Chelsea home of Stephen Maharam and Camila Pastor for lunch and conversation with Adam Greenfield, writer
and newly-named Head of Design Direction for Nokia
. The event was part of the on-going DT Council series, “The Intersection of Design and Technology.” Greenfield’s POV and the general theme of Wednesday’s discussion are summarized in this excerpt from his 2006 book, Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing:
A mobile phone is something that can be switched off, or left at home. A computer is something that can be shut down, unplugged, walked away from. But the technology we’re discussing here–ambient, ubiquitous, insinuative into all the apertures everyday life affords it–will be environment-forming in a way neither of those are. There should be little doubt that its advent will profoundly shape both the world and our experience of it in the years ahead.