Drew Smith: ethnographer, strategist and host of Rising Minds

Social Media: The Followup


The other day I wrote a post about my discomfort with the combination of the pervasiveness of social media and the lack of nuance and subtlety provided by text -based communication. I put it that our willingness to be part of a, and share with a, community can overrule our desire to retain control over our personal information and that text can be an inflexible foe when trying to communicate with a deft touch. Bring these two together and you can have  miscommunication with horrifying outcomes. Read the rest of this entry »

The Problem with Our Relationships With/Through Social Media

The fact that we are almost constantly connected and streaming our consciousness through social apps, I think, has become so second nature that the ramifications escape us most of the time. You just had a great work out, had an awesome night out or fell in love with someone and you want to let the world know, and why not? More often than not, people don’t respond but you feel happy in the knowledge that your friends are sharing the great moments of your life as they happen.So what happens when you start sharing the not so great moments in your life? Read the rest of this entry »

Stark, Conran and Kirstie Allsopp on design. This is gonna be great.


I recently read a three way interview, conducted by The Guardian’s Caroline Roux, between Philipe Starck (he of obscenely useless lemon juicers), Sir Terrence Conran (he of obscene business versatility) and Kirstie Allsopp (she of numerous obscenely annoying TV shows such as Relocation, Relocation etc.). What struck me was how vacuous a lot of the commentary seemed. Read the rest of this entry »

About DownSideUp Design

I'm Drew Smith and I'm an ethnographer and strategist. By day I shape culture and strategy at Westpac. By night I sleep (mostly). And once a month, I help teams host an event called Rising Minds in London, New York, Toronto and Sydney.

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