John Sedgwick

  • The Complexity Problem

    A pragmatic school of industrial designers aims to make the controls of a machine—be it a VCR, a telephone, or a nuclear reactor—reflect the people who will use the machine rather than the engineers who want to show off new technology

  • Technology: Cut Out That Racket

    “Activenoise-cancellation systems battle noise rather than just muffle it. So far their use is mostly industrial, but soon they will silence refrigerators and dishwashers—and maybe even your neighbors

  • Strong but Sensitive

    Despite its seeming indestructibility, concrete is susceptible to the elements and to a variety of peculiarly modern punishments. This, along with scarce funding for maintenance, has resulted in a literally crumbling infrastructure that will take $1 trillion to repair