Design Talk 80. Digitally sustainable; Mirren Fischer, Founder, Brilliant Product Design
Mirren Fischer is someone who finds herself at the confluence of some really big challenges: creating a sustainable future and leveraging the new methods which have caused such an acceleration in the role of digital experiences. She talks to MEX founder Marek Pawlowski about applying that approach to problems and places which have deep, physical roots – like construction projects which need to think on 100 year timescales.
Part of her response to this brave new world is Brilliant Product Design, literally, and she hopes…figuratively. Brilliant is the name of the small agency she has founded to work towards these outcomes.
It is a conversation informed by the depth of Mirren’s experience and background. She trained originally in architecture and worked as an architect for a number of years. But for more than a decade she’s been developing her talents in digital experience design. She’s worked for a wide range of UX agencies, she’s worked client-side and she’s worked across industries from publishing to property.
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On this edition
- Mirren Fischer, Founder, Brilliant Product Design
- Marek Pawlowski, podcast host & founder, MEX (@marekpawlowski)
- Case study about Mirren’s work with Enian, which provides management tools for renewable energy professionals.
- Architechie, a community which has a Slack group for architects interested in digital product design.
- Examples of modular architecture from Dezeen, in reference to Mirren’s mention of this practice.
- A European Environment Agency briefing on the impact of blockchain, in reference to a theme brought up by Mirren.
- An explanation of natural capital.
- A case study about Mirren’s work on accelerating scientific publication.
- The Hyperloop concept explained, in reference to Mirren’s interest in working on future transport technologies.
- The Las Vegas Convention Centre (LVCC) Loop, one of the first operational examples, covering 1.7 miles with 3 stations.
- A BBC article looking at the case for HS2, the UK’s high speed rail project, in light of the pandemic and increased remote working.
- The 4-hour Work Week, a book by Tim Ferriss, mentioned by Mirren.
- Frank Lloyd Wright, the well known architect – exponent of a philosophy described as organic architecture – who designed some of the houses in the neighbourhood where Mirren grew up.
- Julia Morgan, who designed houses in the neighbourhood where Mirren grew up. Julia Morgan was the first woman admitted to the architecture program at l’École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the first woman architect licensed in California. She worked on 700 buildings in California during her career, including Hearst Castle.
- The San Francisco Opera, which Mirren attended regularly in her childhood.
- The Future Build conference, mentioned by Mirren.
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