Tom Uglow: An Internet without screens might look like this
Designer Tom Uglow is creating a future in which humanity's love for natural solutions and simple tools can coexist with our need for information and the devices that provide us with it. "Reality is richer than screens," he says. "We can have a happy place filled with the information we love that feels as natural as switching on lightbulb."
Tea Uglow - Designer Tea Uglow leads part of Google's Creative Lab specializing in work with cultural organizations, artists, writers and producers on experiments using digital technology at the boundaries of traditional cultural practice. Full bio
I'd like to start by asking you all to go to your happy place, please.
Yes, your happy place,
I know you've got one even if it's fake.
OK, so, comfortable?
Now I'd like to you to mentally answer the following questions.
Is there any strip lighting in your happy place?
Any plastic tables?
I think we all know that our happy place
is meant to be somewhere natural, outdoors --
on a beach, fireside.
We'll be reading or eating or knitting.
And we're surrounded by natural light and organic elements.
Natural things make us happy.
And happiness is a great motivator; we strive for happiness.
Tea Uglow - Designer Tea Uglow leads part of Google's Creative Lab specializing in work with cultural organizations, artists, writers and producers on experiments using digital technology at the boundaries of traditional cultural practice.
Why you should listen
Tea Uglow has worked at Google for nearly 10 years, starting Google's Creative Lab in Europe and, since 2012, building a Creative Lab for the Asia Pacific region in Sydney, Australia. She works with cultural organizations and practitioners to enable artists, writers and performers to look at new ways in which we can use digital technology to augment traditional art, theatre and music. Uglow believes that by experimenting with digital tools at the creative core of culture we can transform existing cultural practice without losing the tradition, values and intangible qualities that make the arts so valuable.
Uglow speaks on innovation and digital futures around the world. At the time of her TEDxSydney talk (2015), Tea was still presenting as male and using her boy-name, which is Tom.
Uglow studied fine art at the Ruskin in Oxford before completing two further degrees in book arts and design management at UAL. She spent six years in art publishing and design management for charities as well as in various digital start-ups before joining Google in 2006. Prior to Google, Uglow worked for the Royal Academy of Arts, the Wellcome Trust, Random House and Christian Aid. She is on the board of the Biennale of Sydney (art) and formerly D&AD (design) and AWARD (advertising).
Uglow is also a very active and proud parent of two small boys. She lives in Sydney, Australia.