10 Cases of Appropriate Technology – Listverse

The goal of Appropriate Technology (AT) is to increase the standard of living for the developing world without condescension, complication, or environmental damage. Typical AT inventions are more labor intensive, require fewer resources, and use low cost or readily available materials wherever possible. Special attention is paid to the social, cultural, and ethical aspects of the communities the technology is intended for. Submitted for your approval are 10 inventions using these principles, and they are every bit as ingenious as anything coming out of Silicon Valley. You will also find several links to charitable organizations distributing these products for little or no cost, should you wish to contribute to their efforts.

via 10 Cases of Appropriate Technology – Listverse.


5 ways to fail your PhD | The Thesis Whisperer

One of the most interesting and useful observations Mullins and Kiley made is that most examiners don’t read your thesis like it’s a novel – starting at the beginning and reading through to the end. Shocked? I was the first time I read this, but then I reflected on the last academic book which I read from start to finish… and I couldn’t think of one. Academic texts are  dense, difficult, cumbersome beings at the best of times and a thesis is even worse.

Most examiners read the abstract, introduction and the conclusion to see what the work is about and then look in the references, so you should write these last – or rather rewrite them at the end. Any questions you raise in the introduction should be answered in the conclusion. If these parts act as righteous ‘bookends’ the examiner will form a better impression of you as a scholar – and is likely to  be more forgiving of you if you slip up a bit in the middle parts.

via 5 ways to fail your PhD | The Thesis Whisperer.

How to Write a PhD Thesis: Top Tips | StudyLink

1. Submit a neatly formatted, complete bibliography

PhD students are judged on their sources, so it pays to make sure your bibliography is accurate and presented properly. Make sure you include the key theorists in your chosen topic as without these, the examiner might not be willing to look any further. A bibliography is one of the most basic of academic standards, so mess this part up at your own risk!

via How to Write a PhD Thesis: Top Tips | StudyLink.

Bibliography: the basics | PORT

PhD bibliographies

The final bibliography of your PhD or Masters thesis will reflect not only the works you explicitly refer to in your research, but any sources that you may have consulted, looked at and read during the exploration of your topic. The fact that you decided not to cite from these works is not decisive.

via Bibliography: the basics | PORT.

How not to write a PhD thesis | General | Times Higher Education

The best PhDs are small. They investigate a circumscribed area, rather than over-egging the originality or expertise. The most satisfying theses – and they are rare – emerge when students find small gaps in saturated research areas and offer innovative interpretations or new applications of old ideas.

via How not to write a PhD thesis | General | Times Higher Education.

Overweight: What Kids Say: What’s Really Causing the Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Robert A. Pretlow MD: 9781450534390: Amazon.com: Books

Overweight kids are seldom heard and poorly understood. This book presents what kids say about being overweight – their stories, struggles, and successes – in their own words. The source is 134,000 messages anonymously posted by overweight kids on website bulletin boards. With stunning honesty these kids share their difficult lives and their frustration with parents and health professionals.

Overweight: What Kids Say: What’s Really Causing the Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Robert A. Pretlow MD: 9781450534390: Amazon.com: Books.

Plus additional links:

Fitbit One vs Fitbit Flex: Which is Better? (An Experiment) |

I’ve been on a Fitbit kick for a few months now, and have spent quite a bit of time getting to know the Fitbit One, which I really love. After I lost my second one, however, I started to think that maybe I should get a Fitbit Flex instead, since they’re harder to lose, being strapped to your wrist.

via Fitbit One vs Fitbit Flex: Which is Better? (An Experiment) |.

Can you make a native app using Phonegap? – Interrupted

I’ve been looking at Phonegap since it started, long before Adobe bought it in a desperate attempt to destroy it.

via Can you make a native app using Phonegap? – Interrupted.

Mobile: Native Apps, Web Apps, and Hybrid Apps

In the mobile realm, you’ll hear often terms like native app or web app, or even hybrid app. What’s the difference?

via Mobile: Native Apps, Web Apps, and Hybrid Apps.

The app development process for Industrial Designers

I am an Industrial Design, and have been developing apps. This is a process chart I am developing to communicate how app development can be undertaken by designers.


27th February: Invitation: Quit pokies mobile phone app & book launch – Moreland | Inner East Primary Care Partnership

27th February: Invitation: Quit pokies mobile phone app & book launch – Moreland

via 27th February: Invitation: Quit pokies mobile phone app & book launch – Moreland | Inner East Primary Care Partnership.

Free Yourself

The Free Yourself Program (FYP) was designed by Gabriela Byrne, an ex-problem-gambler, to provide help and hope to those fighting a poker machine gambling addiction and to their loved ones.

It is a clear and simple self-help guide that teaches hands-on strategies on how to escape the GAMBLING TRAP!

The “Free Yourself Program“ is a positive, holistic, pro-active and very effective approach to help people to deal with their Gambling Addiction. It represents a much-needed “new model” of gambling addiction intervention. The main responsibility is given back to the person directly affected by the addiction to work on changing their “attitude” and their “behaviour”.

Most importantly, it provides strategies that people can use “in the moment” when the urge to go gambling threatens to become overpowering. People weren’t born addicted, but became so over time. By using FYP strategies the addiction process can be reversed and eliminated.

Quote by Rev. Tim Costello: “The Free Yourself Program is a fresh, positive approach in dealing with gambling addiction.”

via Free Yourself.

Which Weight Loss Mobile App Should Doctors Recommend Most? Almost None Of Them

“Right now weight loss mobile apps are outstanding tools for people on the high end of the motivation continuum,” Pagoto wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. “For the lower end of the motivation continuum, they may fall short because they focus so heavily on tracking. My hope is that more sophisticated behavioral strategies that increase adherence to tracking (beyond just prompting people or giving badges) … will be built into apps.”

via Which Weight Loss Mobile App Should Doctors Recommend Most? Almost None Of Them.

An App That Helps Expecting Mothers Take Charge Of Their Pregnancy | Co.Design | business + design

Over the course of pregnancy, a woman will go to the doctor around a dozen times. During the intervals of time in between, she has to monitor the pregnancy herself. Aside from eating healthy and remembering appointments, there’s kick counting and considering healthy weight gain.

Bellabeat is a new device-and-app combo that streamlines all the homework done by mothers-to-be, and ultimately becomes a sort of digital pregnancy diary. “We’re seeing a drastic change in the needs and wants of moms, during the time when the quantified-self movement is really popular,” says Bellabeat’s creator, Urska Srsen, who graduated from Y Combinator’s startup accelerator.

via An App That Helps Expecting Mothers Take Charge Of Their Pregnancy | Co.Design | business + design.

danah boyd on social media and privacy – RMIT University

Over the 90-minute lecture and questions session, Dr boyd presented her theories on how young people use social media to define themselves, their friendship circles, the idea of privacy and how the online environment and the technologies used to access it can be better used for communicating.

According to Dr boyd, young social media users’ concept of privacy revolves around the idea of sharing with those they trust.

via danah boyd on social media and privacy – RMIT University.

Type Of Mobile Apps – Native App, Hybrid App, Web Applications

Mobile apps are basically little, self-contained programs, used to enhance existing functionality, hopefully in a simple, more user-friendly way.

via Type Of Mobile Apps – Native App, Hybrid App, Web Applications.

Movie: wearable technology will transform doctor-patient relationships

wearable technology will revolutionise healthcare for doctors and patients alike, says the director of design studio Vitamins

via Movie: wearable technology will transform doctor-patient relationships.



I have been looking and collecting ONE-PAGE RESPONSIVE & MINIMALIST HTML templates and themes.

Here are some links of free downloadable templates:

  1. http://designscrazed.org/flat-onepage-responsive-html5-templates/
  2. http://speckyboy.com/2014/03/07/30-free-responsive-html-templates/
  3. https://onepagelove.com/tag/minimal

Then I had a bit of an explore re LANDING PAGES: I had a bit of a play with WIX and WEEBLY … See Below.

  1. My wix
  2. My Weebly


3 Slides

Topics I am looking at these days

  1. How to die well
  2. Ways of dealing with obesity
  3. Imagining a Future beyond Medicine
  4. Ways of Journalling Pregnancy
  5. Design for people with Locked-in syndrome
  6. Design for living longer




  • Contemporary Industrial Design (Focus upon Asia – LinkedIn)
  • ID in the Design Press (NetNewsWire/ FlipBoard – Yanko, TreeHugger, WallPaper, Dexigner, DesignBoom)
  • Design for Behaviour Change (The theory and principles of – Fogg, Strengers, Urry)
  • Social Construction of Technology (ANT  – Actor Network Theory with Latour, Law and Shove)
  • Service Design (Stickdorn)
  • Social Object (Varadarajan, Appadurai, Julier, Kopytoff)
  • Visual Aesthetics (UEco, Japanese-India theory)


  • Research using Social Media: Twitter/TweetDeck, WordPress, flickr and Pinterest
  • Digital Research Tools: MindNode, OmniFocus,  MarsEdit, VooDooPad, Kindle
  • Doing Research in the community (PRA, DeepHangingOut)
  • Designing Product Service Systems (Mott, UNEP)
  • Four Stage ieid (c) Design Development Process (Varadarajan, Fennessy)


  • Mindmapping to generate categories/ display ecosystem
  • Designing and making Infographics
  • Co-creation (Scenarios, Personas, Storyboards, Stakeholder Maps)
  • The 3P model (Provocation-Participation-Proposition) for design Strategy Development



  • The Triple A model (Agenda-Approach-Artefact) of Design Activism
  • Service Design
  • Techniques for problem solving
  • Methodologies of developing Designs for Impact


  • I-Phone App development and prototyping
  • Service Prototyping and BluePrinting
  • Digital Product Design
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Rapid Prototyping


Human+ is a “Design in Industry” studio I am teaching this semester.

Product Design Project

Target Client: Control Bionics, Sydney.

Peter Ford ( on the left in the picture, and the CEO of Control Bionics) has devoted his life to helping people with Locked in Syndrome. For a bit more on Peter Ford see The First Word, Australian Story

After the Australian Story appeared, Peter and Soumitri got talking (initially on twitter, then on the mobile phone) about what design could do for Peter Ford’s company. Peter asked if we could design interesting helmets, like the helmets the Psilon wear, that he could then power up with electronics? I said yes that was something we could do.

The design brief is to develop headsets for Control Bionics. Control Bionics makes NeuroSwitch G5 Liberator, a fifth generation computer-human-interface system that is designed to enable people with severe disabilities to communicate with their loved ones, carers, friends and the world at large with text, text-to-speech, instant messaging, emails and the internet; and to control their own entertainment media (music, videos and online services) as well as expanding their own creativity with word processing, music and video editing, and design programs.

Watch Michael Phillips on video.

Neuroswitch in the news.

Interactive exhibits Design Pitch

Target: Science Works (Museum Victoria)

By the time I had finished reading this book on Kindle, I had tweeted all my favourite passages. Eric had been retweeting these tweets for some time. So when I finished we exchanged emails. Soon after I was being asked by doctors in Melbourne – ‘how do we keep abreast of the sort of stuff Topol mentions?”

My answer was an interactive exhibit that lived in Hospitals. So doctors could duck into the room with the exhibit and have a play and discover amazing stuff about the frontiers of medicine. I then spoke of this to people in the Museum, and now need a pitch to show what this exhibit would look like. As a proposition to a museum the exhibit would enable the visitor to navigate through the amazing world of the frontiers of medicine and healthcare technology and services. In addition to the Basic-Mode of the exhibits, for schools and lay visitor, the exhibits also have an advanced mode for the medical researcher or practicing doctor.

Soumitri in 2016

Design is vehicle for change. A Design Project can be a campaign. In a furiously online world I see design projects as either a first step towards a business venture or a campaign that changes the way people think. Design innovations can change the way we deal with ageing and death. Design projects can change the way the world thinks about issues. Design projects can be about improving the lives of ordinary and marginalised people. Below are some of the areas I am currently interested in/ excited about:
  1. How to die well
  2. Ways of dealing with obesity
  3. Imagining a Future beyond Medicine
  4. Ways of Journalling Pregnancy
  5. Design for people with Locked-in syndrome
  6. Proposing a Bio-Dome (a personal diagnostic ecosystem)
  7. Design for living longer
I live and work in Melbourne. In Melbourne there is a lot of energy these days around imagining a healthy future. I engage with this energy.
  1. My design approach focuses upon proposing a future that contains preferred/ visionary products and services.
  2. I am excited by design projects that focus on the small and big challenges facing humanity.
  3. I see design projects as campaigns and so have developed, and therefore teach, the abilities required to prototype design projects within communities.
  4. My current interest is in innovations in healthcare services, where I focus upon de-medicalising and re-contextualizing normal practices to develop new traditions and artefacts in the areas of:
    1. Mental health
    2. Obesity
    3. Ageing
    4. Death
    5. Diabetes
    6. Maternal health
    7. Hearing loss
    8. (Defines the design theme or discourse)