Nikolas Badminton
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Nikolas Badminton is a British transplant that lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He is a recovering management consultant, ad man and speaks internationally on human behavior in relation to mobile, digital and social influences.

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Design Is all Around Us, so Why Don't We See It?

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Design is all around us: in the streets, on the bus, at work and in our homes.

Designers see it, learn from it, critique it, and improve upon it on a daily basis. For most of us normal folk, it is a lot less obvious. People do say that...

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Vancouverite Predictions On What the Future Will Look Like

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 2:49 PM

Recently, I've noticed a great many articles and infographics that talk about where we are headed in the world with all of this technology. With wearables, Nike recently walked away from the FUEL band, Google is still hawking Google Glass, and Facebook even joined the game with the purchase of...

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2014 Tech Predictions: An Exciting Year for Connected Society and Business

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 11:44 AM

Back in December 2012, I published my technology predictions for 2013 in this very blog:

  • Convenience will send our lives into a creative low point

  • We will be tired of, yet even more addicted to, social media

  • We will start to celebrate locally connected...

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What Do Organizations Learn When You Give Them Your Data?

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Over the past couple of years Big Data has been a topic that's been gaining momentum in organizations, consultancies and ad agencies and they've all been struggling to work out a strategy of how to deal with it.

I've spent the last 15-plus years wrestling Big Data, driving analysis...

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The Modern Marketer Must Be So Much More

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 2:05 PM

What is a marketer in 2013? It's a question that has started to perplex me more and more as we roll further into the hyper-connected world. The standard definition has us believe that it's someone that who promotes or exchanges goods or services for money. That promotion comes from ads...

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How We Designed and 3D Printed Our Product in Under 4 Weeks

(8) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 5:28 PM

I work for an ad agency, and focus on digital engagement. I do not think of the digital world as just apps, social media and web sites. I believe that objects and interfaces play a huge role in the modern digital experience. This is why I'm really excited about 3D...

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5 Apps That Will Make Your Life More Fun

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 8:31 AM

I'm usually not one for jumping on the bandwagon of championing smartphone apps but recently I have been using fewer and gaining more awareness and ability as I navigate around Vancouver and have fun with friends.

I am not associated with the apps I am talking about here. They just...

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Why Vancouver's Digital Strategy Falls Short

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 6:22 PM

In the past week the City of Vancouver laid out their new Digital Strategy. It outlines the "current state, the results of the consultation process, the goals and objectives, the strategy's digital initiatives, and a road map for action plans." Their vision is to "Enhance multidirectional digital connections...

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Great Web Design for Mobile Devices

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 12:05 AM

Over the past 12 months or so I have been involved in many discussions on designing great web experiences for client that work across desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. Every time I find myself in a situation where the solution suggested by others is about delivering responsive web design and...

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PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Coming To Vancouver

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 4:32 PM

The PuSh Festival that runs from Jan. 15 to Feb. 3, 2013 bolsters the performing arts scene in Vancouver every year. It's an amazing festival filled with theatre, dance, multimedia and music that is held at venues in and around the city and offers work from Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark,...

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My Technological Predictions for 2013

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 6:04 AM

It's at this time of the year that pundits, tastemakers and futurists start making fantastical predictions about what we will expect in 2013. Some of these predictions are obvious and will become true and some will hit the mark. I like making predictions and am sometimes wrong in knowing when...

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Who's in Charge of Social Media Privacy?

(2) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 3:48 PM

It was another quiet day in social media. The Instagram photo birds were chirping with their songs of plated food and epic sunsets, Twitter was twittering, MySpace was sleeping, YouTube was bouncing with self-promotion and Facebook was humming with the statuses of the world. Then, KAPOW! Shock horror, Facebook privacy...

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Now You Can Visit the Louvre and the MoMA in One Day

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 7:24 AM

I have had a keen interest in art since I was about 15 years old when I started to read books on the classic artists in the world. Over the years I have been lucky to have visited amazing galleries in New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Barcelona and, in...

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Online Learning Brings Democracy In Education

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 2:37 PM

"Once we have computer outlets in every home, each of them hooked up to enormous libraries where anyone can ask any question and be given answers, be given reference materials, be something you're interested in knowing, from an early age, however silly it might seem to someone else... that's what...
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Welcome to Vancouver: 'More Fun City'

(13) Comments | Posted October 13, 2012 | 1:41 PM

When I read Mitch Moxley's 'Welcome to Vancouver: 'No Fun City' I was pretty upset that an occasional visitor decided to really attack the place I live and love.

Sure, I've heard plenty of people use that phrase and discuss some of the shortcomings that there are...

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How Vancouver Is Championing Real Stories, Community Connections

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 11:47 AM

Human culture has always had an oral tradition where stories were passed down from generation to generation to retain history, entertain and connect communities. The modern world, and the rise of mobile and digital technology, has significantly harmed this tradition where SMS, Twitter and status updates through social networks are...

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Brands and advertisers, let consumers do something good.

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 2:36 PM

I often sit down and consider how technology, social networks and advertising messages permeate every part of our life. All too often we find that our behaviors are programmed into us through brand platforms and advertising. Entertainment (viral videos, images etc.), utilities (self-service, fitness measurement etc.) and social mechanisms (likes,...

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Sometimes Slacking Off Can Change the World

(4) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 10:36 AM

In 2012, we find that mobile technology is connecting us and is helping mobilize individuals and communities to change the world in a more positive way through social networks. That's a great thought but the fact is that most people are wasting their time thinking if they watch a video...

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Want to Boost Sales? Go Mobile -- Your Consumers Already Have

(5) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 2:24 PM

Retail has been turned on its head. Consumers are actively using mobile devices in larger stores to access hundreds of e-commerce, forums and social sites that hold product information, reviews and competitive pricing. This means they are disrupting the retailer's messaging and experience in-store, thus leading to reduction in sales...

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