Videos that shaped my thinking

by Dries De Roeck on October 18, 2017

After some recent talk on the state of technology anno 2017, I started thinking about some key cornerstones that I keep referring to in my head when I’m reflecting on designing with technology. Below are a couple of video’s other great people made, that are permanently baked into my brain. I thought it would be nice to share this small compilation:

Note: I’m probably mission out a lot of stuff, feel free to comment with other things that should be here!

Magnetic Movie (2007) : visualising the invisible. The quality of this video was and is rather remarkable. (

Nearness (2009) : I don’t know how many times I watched this. There’s so much in this, and yet it seems so simple. Timo Arnall & Matt Jones did quite a bit of work on related topics around the same time which is worth checking out. (

Aurora (2008) : When it comes to interface design, I think the basal concept of aurora is still spot on. (

Platform5 (2010) : Visualising data in a way that it is hidden to people, but at the same time making it super relevant for everyone. (

Clocks for Robots (2011) : I wasn’t sure what to pick from the BERG archive, decided on this one because when re-watching it my head was still triggered. (

Curious rituals (2012) : One of the few design fiction movies that manages to truly blend in with the mundane everyday life. (

Uninvited guests (2015) : Extremely relevant design fiction piece, which always reminds me that we should be very aware of people and context when designing digitally connected products. (

Silence shapes (2010 – 2013) : I could watch this for hours. What I like about it is that most of the landscapes are really ‘default’, being invaded by temporal clouds of something ‘alien’. (

Hello lamp post (2013) : One of the better examples showing how physical and digital can be mixed together. (

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