Category Archives: Pondering

Piggybacking on other distribution systems?

I’ve been ruminating over the challenge of getting a vital product out to those who need it the most in developing countries, the overlooked and the underserved at the base of the pyramid, ever since I read Rob Katz’ post … Continue reading

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An open letter to my teachers of design

                    Photo credit: James Hicks Dear NiD, I walked out on you without a word of explanation just over 18 years ago, one day. Perhaps the time has come to talk about many things, as the Walrus said, including cabbages … Continue reading

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Affluenza by Oliver James and thoughts on mainstream consumer culture

The title caught my eye in the local Borders the other day – I’d gone to look for Zakaria’s Post American World which they still can’t find any. I suppose I’ll have to pop into Kinokuniya in the city to … Continue reading

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Pondering the flux

Its been a very long time since i’ve either felt the urge or given in to the fleeting impulse to ramble on in a late night post, circumlocuting my way to my heart’s content. Perhaps I haven’t felt like circumlocuting … Continue reading

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How the next billion (or two) customers will influence industrial design

More than one billion cellphones were sold on the planet Earth in 2007. In the year 2009, almost 65% of all the human beings on this planet will have a mobile phone.  Nokia estimates that there will be 4 billion … Continue reading

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How the next billion (or two) customers will influence industrial design

More than one billion cellphones were sold on the planet Earth in 2007. In the year 2009, almost 65% of all the human beings on this planet will have a mobile phone.  Nokia estimates that there will be 4 billion … Continue reading

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Its not as simple as trust

Just came across this article in the Business Standard – “The New Holy Grail” – a long rambling incoherent report on a recent presentation by The Boston Consulting Group on the ‘The Next Billion‘ (PDF) customers. One wonders if its … Continue reading

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