05.15 | NYC | Daniel Perlin, Droga 5

Listen Closely

Communication as design strategy

Daniel Perlin, Director of UX at Droga 5, discusses how solving design problems requires us to listen closely.

Daniel is an artist and designer who has worked with Google, Vito Acconci, Maya Lin, Errol Morris, Todd Solondz, IBM, Domus Magazine, The Whitney, PS1 the Cooper Hewitt and The New Museums.

The Rising Interview 

Where are you right now?

In New York

Where do you go when you need inspiration? 


Idleness. A gift or curse? 

Impossible. There's no idleness.

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 

To Blockchain or not to Blockchain. Blockchain, yes. Bitcoin is a subset, a nascent beginning of an economy.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 

Niether. I believe in democracy, I believe in the setting up of rules and criteria. I think there needs to be a critical level of understanding for it to be effective and work. So I belive that people need to be able to listen well and understand each other as best as they can, and understand that that is the project, and that itself can be done in civil society, most effectively in smaller civil societies, and then they can negotiate with each other. In theory, liberal democracy, but unfortunately the concept of liberal democracy is formed most under the concept of representative democracy, which doesn't interest me as much. I'm much more interested in a level playing field.

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?


Last app opened? 


Last book read?

'What we see when we read' by Peter Mendelson.

Favourite Album?

Brasil (1974)

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Don't listen to me.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

Don't listen to me.

If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 

Right where I am.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

"That Daniel, he's a pretty nice guy", or that I made the world suck slightly less than it does now.

In the next three years what innovation will have the greatest impact on technology/business/culture?

Wind or Solar.