The primary business of the week was, of course, dealing with the inquiries that came our way as a result of our relatively soft and low-profile launch. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in what we’re doing; your warm and enthusiastic response to the very idea of Urbanscale reinforces in us the sense that the times are indeed propitious for what we’re trying to do, and we hope you’ll continue to provide us with your tips, links and insights. (You can always reach us via email, or by addressing comments to our Twitter account.)
In the past week, you’ve invited us to participate in conversations about quite a few subjects of core interest to us: the design of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems; data visualization for that class of services we’re calling “citizen intelligence engines”; and the responsibilities and obligations of parties that collect data from sensors deployed in public space. I think you can fairly expect to see projects on some or all of these themes from us in the coming months.
This is why I’m especially delighted to announce that Mayo Nissen is joining the company as principal designer, as of February 1.
As you’d expect, Mayo is interested in the intersections and interplay between service, interaction, and industrial design, and developing strategies across these disciplines to have a lasting, positive impact on the world we live in. Originally from London, he holds a degree in industrial design, has worked as a product and service design consultant in the UK, Germany, and Denmark, and is a graduate of the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.
I first met Mayo when he came to see a talk I gave in Malmö, Sweden, and have followed his work closely ever since — especially his wonderful City Tickets project, and the Systems/Layers walkshop in Copenhagen he somehow found the time to organize while working on it. (The interested can learn more about walkshops here.)
I don’t want to embarrass him, so for now I’ll confine myself to merely expressing both my great pleasure that he’s chosen to join us, and my belief that his talent and energy will allow us to go further, faster and deeper than would otherwise have been possible.
Coming up next week:
- AG presenting on public objects at the Microsoft Research Social Computing Symposium 2011, here in New York.
- Preparation for our next-generation mobility workshop with BDigital in Barcelona.