In the Bubble is often delightful, stimulating, and surprising. Thackara may well emerge as a visionary voice for the wired era. For planners, designers, and anyone with an interest in the future, this book is a rich resource of inspiration, ideas, and guiding principles as well as sharply observed cautionary tales. It suggests that what the tech revolution most needs, and may already be moving toward, is a sense of purpose.—Bill S. Kowinski, San Francisco Chronicle—
Thackara has built an intricate and compelling case for the continuing impact of local action in a networked world…I hope he’s right.
An excellent new book…so push aside that colorful pile of photo-packed publications and pick up In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World, in whose pages ‘design’ is understood to be more about process than product, more about systems and services than about surfaces and packages, more about work to do than things to buy.
Thackara leaps nimbly from statistics to observations to anecdotes, from past to present to future, from energy to the environment, from the Burning Man Festival in Arizona to the Bombay Lunch Delivery program.
If you’ve ever found yourself saying, ‘bad TiVO,’ design critic John Thackara is talking to you.