Earlier this year whilst attending the Sydney Semi-Permanent conference, I was able to meet and chat with Mark Blondel from Where There’s Smoke, this is just a little Q&A he agreed to do with desktop. You might not know the Where There’s Smoke (WTS) name, but you will probably recognise some of their work. You can see their show reel on their website, and you would be surprised just what has come out of the WTS office on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Quick Response Codes: a great tool for sending additional information to a user. The drawback is that not everyone knows what they are, how to access them or like me, needs to be given a very compelling reason to get my phone out, fire up the QR Code scanner app and then scan the code.

The idea has plenty of potential in that it is not just an encoded URL link but can also entail a person’s contact details – scanning it adds user or company contact details into your address book on your phone.

You know the chair, it looks awesome, it makes your studio look cutting edge. It costs a designers monthly wage (or more) and comes with a pedigree of an industrial designer ethos. It makes the standard office chair look dull, boring and not at all sexy. The problem is that this uber-cool chair invariably isn’t as adaptable as the office chair when it comes to performing its main role.