Kasper de Graaf, 10 April 2017
Stories about the impact of new thinkers, installed on the walls of KTN’s head office in Islington.Michael Faraday (1791-1867)“One of the greatest scientific discoverers of all time”Today’s digital...
Kasper de Graaf, 04 April 2017
Why was Smash Hits such a successful magazine when I worked there, and how has music journalism changed since then? These were the questions I was asked the other day by a student journalist at...
Kasper de Graaf, 20 March 2017
Asked about his slogan “I miss my pre-internet brain” in an interview with the FT, the artist Douglas Coupland observed: “I have been rewired in the last 10 or 15 years. I remember what I used to do...
Kasper de Graaf, 19 February 2017
The Bonded Warehouse is a looming presence in the middle of the old Granada Studios complex in Manchester city centre: a cavernous reminder of the industrial revolution, soon to be transformed into a...
Kasper de Graaf, 18 February 2017
Document 16, Design Manchester’s third annual publication, has now been published.Titled Design City and with cover designs by Alan Kitching, the magazine explores the role of design thinking in the...
Kasper de Graaf, 17 February 2017
Malcolm Garrett, Alan Kitching and Peter Girardi in Manchester, October 2016. Photo © Sebastian Matthes for Design ManchesterThe sound of Celia Stothard fills the room at 19 Cleaver Street in...
Kasper de Graaf, 23 November 2016
Playing chamber music in an art gallery is hardly unprecedented, but you know to expect something unusual when the musicians are Manchester Camerata and the gallery is the Whitworth.Henry Lamb and...
Kasper de Graaf, 23 September 2016
This is the speech I gave at the 25th anniversary of The Little Foundation at the House of Lords on September 21st, 2016.With fellow trustees Lord Hameed, Professor Michael Crawford and Libby Aird-...
Kasper de Graaf, 16 September 2016
Nurturing creative projects until they can stand on their own feet is all about relationships, as illustrated by this case study of Design Manchester which I presented at the Complex Webs event...
Kasper de Graaf, 28 July 2016
Representatives of the creative industries in the North West convened at Manchester Metropolitan University on 28th July to discuss Brexit and ensure the government is fully informed about the...
Kasper de Graaf, 07 July 2016
A well-attended mini-conference of the Creative Industries Federation on July 7th 2016 at Kings College, London, called at short notice to inform CIF input and advice to the new Brexit government...
Kasper de Graaf, 27 June 2016
Hope against fear, was how Brexiters characterised the battle. Hope in hell versus fear of the inevitable, this is starting to look like in the sober light of day. But no-one knows what happens next...
Kasper de Graaf, 24 June 2016
My live updates today: 19.16 pm. Media reports all say Scotland’s First Minister is pushing for a second independence referendum, but the canny Ms Sturgeon’s position may be rather more nuanced. “I...
Kasper de Graaf, 16 June 2016
Living Cities, a display of works from the Collection in the George Economou Gallery on level 4 of The Switch House, curated by Ann Coxon. Above: Peter Saville’s logo for the newly expanded Tate...
Kasper de Graaf, 14 June 2016
June 14, 2016. What will Devo-Manc and the Northern Powerhouse mean for the cultural economy? This question was explored at The Art of Devolution: Culture and the North, a conference of arts and...
Kasper de Graaf, 10 June 2016
(Even if the price of EU membership was £350m a week – which it’s not – we could only spend it on the NHS ifWe cut aid to our farmersWe cut regional aidWe cut aid to our poorer communitiesWe cut...
DM Co-op
Design Manchester, 08 June 2016
Manchester, 8th June 2016. Design Manchester and the Co-op today announce a partnership, uniting Manchester’s thriving creative festival, DM16, with an iconic British brand investing in design at...
Kasper de Graaf, 08 June 2016
This is the full text of my obituary of dear John Benyon, who so sadly passed away a few weeks ago. The slightly shorter version published in The Telegraph is here.John Benyon at Warwick University...
Kasper de Graaf, 22 March 2016
Workshops with end users and service providers for an Internet of Things pilot took place at Camden Collective in London on March 9, 2016. The pilot, by the VITAL IoT consortium, explores how the...
Kasper de Graaf, 21 March 2016
The Loomba Foundation’s World Widows Report was launched on March 17, 2016 at the United Nations in New York by Lord Loomba, World Widows Report editor Kasper de Graaf and former UK international...
Malcolm Garrett, 25 February 2016
This article first appeared in On|Off published to coincide with London Fashion Week AW16, celebrating 40 years of punk. Punk sprang up all around me in Manchester, seemingly in answer to...
Kasper de Graaf, 08 February 2016
[Feb 8, 2016. Introduction to a lecture organised by The Boar as part of a series to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the University of Warwick.]“Looking back across the decades, the...
Kasper de Graaf, 11 November 2015
Introducing 53 Spaces, the IoT-powered prototype app for smarter working
Kasper de Graaf, 18 October 2015
This article first appeared in Document 15Oct 18, 2015. Made You Look, a Look & Yes documentary by Paul O’Connor and Anthony Peters, offers a fascinating glimpse into the techniques and...
Kasper de Graaf, 16 October 2015
This article first appeared in Document 15Oct 16, 2015. It is the second year we’ve organised a public debate as a highlight of the Design Manchester festival – and once again, our panel underscored...
Kasper de Graaf, 15 October 2015
This article first appeared in Document 15Oct 15, 2015. An entire village of Grade 1 listed buildings in an inaccessible location may seem an unlikely location for a music and arts festival, but for...
Kasper de Graaf, 11 October 2015
Published in: Smart Cities Applications and Deployments V1 (VITAL Consortium), October 11, 2015Driven by progress in mobile technology and by structural developments in advanced economies, working...
Buzzcocks - Noise Annoys
Malcolm Garrett, 07 April 2015
This article appeared under the title “Obsolete?” in RSA Journal 1/2015 I was a designer in the music industry throughout the ’80s and ’90s, from before the introduction of CDs through to...
Kasper de Graaf, 13 November 2014
Smarter Working in Camden Town. Introduction to the VITAL IoT prototype in London.
Kasper de Graaf, 31 October 2014
Oct 31, 2014. Organised as part of DesignManchester 14, NORTH: The Great Debate brought together national and regional leaders of the creative industries, politics and education at Manchester School...
Kasper de Graaf, 19 September 2014
Edinburgh chose to stay in the United Kingdom - but what will that be?“For how long will English constituencies and English Honourable members tolerate … at least 119 Honourable Members from...
Kasper de Graaf, 16 August 2014
“Across the globe governments and municipalities are looking at the next generation of communication and information networks and how they can use this infrastructure to help build a smart city,”...
Kasper de Graaf, 21 July 2014
July 21, 2014. The London partners of three international technology R&D projects gathered at a meeting hosted by IMAGES&Co at The Clarence Centre today to discuss the potential benefits of...
Kasper de Graaf, 09 May 2013
This was my introduction to Close & Remote’s Secure Cities discussion at Deptford Lounge on 9 May 2013.There are many reasons to be worried about security in the cities of the future.   Scarcity...
Kasper de Graaf, 05 September 2012
Lawless preview last night at the Curzon in Soho. At John [Hillcoat]’s insistence they screened the 35mm print (£4,000 against the £60 for the now ubiquitous digital copy which they insisted...
Kasper de Graaf, 17 October 2011
Building on the vision of Kevin Lynch, who formulated the legible city concept in The Image of The City (Harvard/MIT, 1960), the methodology of city wayfinding has made great strides in the past two...
Police kettling students in London
Kasper de Graaf, 11 October 2011
In 2005, the proportion of the world’s population living in cities reached 49% (3.2 billion people). By 2030, 60% of the global population – five billion – is expected to live in urban areas. The...
Kasper de Graaf, 03 March 2011
Raj Loomba with the Mayor of Kigali, Dr Aisa Kirabo Kacyira and Cherie Blair, discussing the progress of a widows empowerment project in Kigali, Rwanda.This article first appeared in The London...
Kasper de Graaf, 21 August 2010
She may not have given Henry VIII the male heir he thought so important but, apart from giving birth to arguably the most successful monarch of the 16th century, Anne Boleyn was undoubtedly the...
Kasper de Graaf, 06 August 2010
John Nance Garner, 32nd vice-president of the United States When conferred by Margaret “every prime minister needs a Willy” Thatcher on William Whitelaw, the title of deputy prime...
Kasper de Graaf, 11 June 2010
The Dutch this weekend are conducting the kind of horsetrading held up by Tory newspapers before Britain’s election last month to scare us off a hung parliament. In the event, the UK quickly...
Kasper de Graaf, 28 November 2008
This article first appeared in Directions, the magazine of the Sign Design Society, as a report of my presentation about the UK Borders redesign.On 5 November 2008, Applied Information Group managing...
Kasper de Graaf, 14 May 2008
May 14, 2008. This paper was written to introduce the Policy Seminar on Public Mapping Data of the Institute of Urban Information.Attitudes to the use and availability of publicly owned information...