I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Laure Joliet, whom some of you might know as my cohort and contributor over at AT Los Angeles. She also happens to write for the Dwell Blog
, and she invited me to answer a few questions about Unplggd, my views about technology in the home, what I'd like to see in the future, and personal inspirations...Here's one of the six questions I was asked:
As an editor for a technology site you come across a lot of gadgets every day, some of it useful and some of it superfluous. Has that made you adopt more or less technology into your daily life?
I’ve noted that I’ve become much more discriminating about my personal purchases and adoption of technology (and consumables in general) since joining Apartment Therapy and Unplggd. In my previous career as an industrial designer for children’s products, I was able to see the behind-the-scenes process of what goes into the manufacturing of everyday items, including home electronics. The reality of low-cost products and the labor behind it (I visited several south China factories to see how my own designs were being manufactured) woke me up to the fact that the only ethical choice that would make me comfortable was to limit my expenditure only to products that would notably improve my life and last beyond the initial “wow” factor. To the shock of many, I don’t own a cell phone because I don’t need one, and I’m considering living without a car here in Los Angeles (making me doubly a freak of nature). For me, technology should be about enhancing your life, not taking away from it...