Poetics of space book cover, illustrated by Nick Misani, a series of line drawings of three dimensional shapes with different areas filled in with colour
Poetics of space book cover, illustrated by Nick Misani, a series of line drawings of three dimensional shapes with different areas filled in with colour
Poetics of Space book cover, illustrated by Nick Misani

Creating space for casual ‘water-cooler conversations’ is difficult in a remote setting. It often feels forced. It’s hard enough for established teams to find space to reflect and exchange stories, let alone for those who’ve never connected with their colleagues in real life because they’ve switched jobs during the pandemic.

Whether you’re setting up a new remote team or working within an existing one, it’s important to establish a structure to foster resilient and adaptable teams.

Over the past few months, I’ve been testing out some different ideas to create an environment or ‘scaffolding’ for teams to do their best…


How I catalogue my learning to grow as a practitioner

screenshot of my learnings and resources curated in Miro
screenshot of my learnings and resources curated in Miro
Catalogued learnings and resources

I’m one of those people that can’t sleep until the thoughts floating around in my head are either written down or sketched out. I used to see this as a negative thing, like an obsession to think through all possible scenarios of a given challenge or idea. Over the last year and a half I decided to try something different. I developed a system to structure my thoughts to allow space for reflection, rather than attempting to solve things immediately.

It all started with a daily moment of reflection. Every morning, for nearly 500 days now, I write or sketch…


Mapping cash aid delivery in an emergency response

When was the last time someone asked you ‘what are the unintended consequences of releasing this feature?’ Or ‘who else may be directly or indirectly affected by these product decisions?’ These questions are generally not considered or often hidden away in backlogs, as the briefs we are answering are asking us to innovate, disrupt and create the next big thing.

When everything is telling us to speed up, make faster decisions and release new iterations, we leave ourselves with less time to consider the potential negative effects our design choices may have. This product centric focus approach can be extremely…

Aly Blenkin

I’m interested in the intersection between design and technology, and the critical role products and services play to positively impact people and the planet.

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