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My upcoming book Hacking Experience: New Tools from Cognitive Science for Artists is in preparation for Punctum Books (NYC). It's a book that translates cognitive science into tools that radically enhance the way artists tell stories. I design experiences in the physical world as a form of myth making by harnessing attention and spatial rhetoric. I'm also principal designer for Geologic Cognition Society, a post-disciplinary research-driven design group. I've lived in ChicagoEngland, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, and Hawai'i (among other places), Hawaii made the most sense to me. At the moment, I live in Ohio and I'm exploring the Great Lakes region for a few projects I'm wrapping up.

Find me on Twitter @RyanDewey, or get in touch here.

Reflections on Binational Urbanism

I recently wrote this review of Binational Urbanism (by Bernd Upmeyer), an interesting book that I think presents a great model of what qualitative research methods can do for enhancing urban design and spatial and architectural practices. It's a masterclass, really, and Upmeyer's book is worth reading twice because it will overhaul how you approach user-centered design in your practice. 

In my review, I talk about how Upmeyer's framing of binational urbanism maps out in terms of Fauconnier & Turner's (2012) approach to conceptual blending. To my knowledge, this is the first published application of blending to cultural evolution and it's implications for urban design. Read the review to see how the basics of conceptual blending apply directly to design ethnography and the analysis of users in experience design. I leave a lot of the blanks unfilled, but if you want help seeing how blending fits with your research, get in touch.

Also, I want to thank for publishing the piece.