Design Tomorrow

Christopher Butler


Design Tomorrow is a podcast about design, technology, and being human with a special emphasis on growing our awareness that what we do and think today can create a better tomorrow.

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The Real Value of Ideas

19:54 | Mar 11th

What are our ideas worth? Are they as valuable as we think they are? And what might change about how we act on our ideas once we start thinking differently about how we value them and how unique they really are? In this episode, we'll explore how sim...Show More

How to Make Good Things

16:26 | Feb 26th

They say that practice makes perfect. I'll settle for "practice makes good," thank you very much! In this episode of Design Tomorrow, we'll explore what it means to practice - what there is in repetition that can help us to get better. Not just at wh...Show More

Computer World

23:33 | Feb 11th

There are very few people left on Earth for whom the world isn't shaped by computers or seen through their screens. But does it have to be this way? In this episode, we'll explore how screens — and the images they reveal — are just as much a manifest...Show More

This Creation of Our Genius

26:02 | Jan 28th

As long as we've been self-aware, we've desired companionship. And yet, we are not enough for one another; we hunger for something more - something that folklore, imaginary friends, and now technology have attempted to satisfy. Today, we stand at a c...Show More

How to Get Your Time Back

25:14 | Jan 14th

The more time passes, the faster it feels it's moving. It's an illusion, of course, but does that really matter? If you feel like it's moving faster, it might as well be. The shrinkiness of time is part of the human condition. But the secret you may ...Show More

Ticking Progress Bombs

15:43 | Jan 1st

Progress is something we all try to work toward, but how do we really know if we're making any? And if progress isn’t permanent, is it progress at all? In this episode, we'll explore progress and the ways that certain forms of it actually trap us in ...Show More

The Voice Interface

21:23 | Nov 20th, 2018

We're all using voice interfaces now — a thing of science fiction now very much in our reality. But it turns out that feelings — things like fear, loneliness, trust, and desire — play just as much of a role in the way these machines work than do data...Show More

The Power of Perspective

16:59 | Nov 1st, 2018

In a world as crowded with technological tools for measuring our progress as ours is, sometimes the best way to see how far we've come is, literally, in our own hands and on our own faces. In this episode, we'll discuss a simple exercise you can do t...Show More

What is real?

22:00 | Oct 16th, 2018

It may sound like a rhetorical question, but asking "what is real?" is becoming more and more a practical inquiry into the nature of our everyday experience. In this episode of Design Tomorrow, we'll imagine a future — not too far off — where the lin...Show More

Design is Art with Rules

15:42 | Oct 2nd, 2018

There is no good definition of design. In this episode, Chris talks about what distinguishes design from art, and how accountability plays a unique role in making the distinction clear.Links4'33", by John CageThe scene sampled at the end of the episo...Show More

How to Think About the Future

20:32 | Sep 18th, 2018

We all think about the future. Probably more than we're even aware. But, is thinking about the future useful? Does thinking about the future actually help us make one that's better? In this episode of Design Tomorrow, we'll talk about the future. Not...Show More

Active Erasure

16:14 | Sep 4th, 2018

In this episode, Chris tells a story about a drawing professor who taught him about not just identifying the negative space in our thoughts and actions, but something he called active erasure, and how being intentional about the act of taking things ...Show More

Getting Out of Our Own Way

17:50 | Aug 23rd, 2018

In this episode, Chris talks about what it means for designers to get out of their own way, and he shares a couple of ways he's made that not only more possible in his life, but more natural to his day to day.Things Mentioned in the ShowClients from ...Show More

The Magic of Ordinary Objects

19:52 | Aug 23rd, 2018

In this episode, Chris talks about appreciating the design of everyday objects, minimalism, and how some objects can reflect a life well lived.LinksI mentioned a bunch of objects I own that I especially value. Only some can be found online, so this i...Show More