Category Archives: innovation

The environmental costs of iPhone culture (Probable, Possible and Preferable Futures)

By Lottie Limb  •  Updated: 22/09/2021 – 17:15

Millions of new iPhone 13s will be wending their way to excited customers this week, with the new model’s release on Friday.

Its new and improved features include a smaller carbon footprint: the iPhone 13 represents 64kg CO2e in greenhouse gases compared to 72kg CO2e for the equivalent iPhone 12.

But trading in your old smartphone for the newest model is the worst thing you could do. According to Apple’s own metrics, 81 per cent of the phone’s lifecycle carbon emissions are released during production.

The energy required to mine the rare materials for iPhones is huge. According to one report, “buying a new phone takes as much energy as recharging and operating a smartphone for an entire decade.”

Resisting the urge to own the latest iPhone won’t reverse emissions for the products hitting the shelves on Friday, but it will help to limit how many phones are made in the future.

https://www.euronews.com/green/2021/09/22/iphone-13-release-date-how-much-energy-will-you-save-by-not-buying-the-new-phone

A generation that grew up with Google is forcing professors to rethink their lesson plans

It’s possible that the analogy multiple professors pointed to — filing cabinets — is no longer useful since many students Drossman’s age spent their high school years storing documents in the likes of OneDrive and Dropbox rather than in physical spaces. It could also have to do with the other software they’re accustomed to — dominant smartphone apps like Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and YouTube all involve pulling content from a vast online sea rather than locating it within a nested hierarchy. “When I want to scroll over to Snapchat, Twitter, they’re not in any particular order, but I know exactly where they are,” says Vogel, who is a devoted iPhone user. Some of it boils down to muscle memory.

https://www.theverge.com/22684730/students-file-folder-directory-structure-education-gen-z

Work in the Pandemic Age

We use applied semiotics and cultural anthropology to understand how meaning is changing. This report applies the method to working in the Pandemic Age, framing the trends we are seeing into meaning spaces that fuel better service design. For too long, workplace decision makers have turned a blind eye to dysfunctional behavior. Now, COVID-19 has pushed work beyond its breaking point. Our analysis offers a path forward. https://bit.ly/workinthepademicage

Designer’s amazing creations ask us to rethink waste (Speculative Design)

More than 90 materials, ranging from recycled paper, plastic, metals and leather made from kombucha, were presented at the first workshop, which took place in December. “I wanted to create an open-source space that’s democratised in the sense that it can be added to by designers, artists and other people during workshops,” says Edwards, asking: “What is Johannesburg’s material future?” Read more (Times)

ADIDAS ORIGINALS PARTNER WITH SOUTH AFRICAN DESIGNER MATTHEW EDWARDS TO RE-CREATE STAN SMITH SHOES USING RECYCLED MATERIAL