infovore + berg   20

Regenerations – Blog – BERG
"A bit like Doctor Who’s different incarnations, while still the same company, the spaces we’ve worked in have created very different feeling BERGs.

And, a bit like Doctor Who, I guess you have one incarnation that you always think is the best, or ‘yours’." All of this.
berg  offices  workspaces  friends  memories 
march 2013 by infovore
Little Printer: A portrait in the nude - Design - Domus
"She is omnipotent. She can conjure up an army of parkour chimney sweep ninjas! But she also has to come and go with the weather, and where there is technology, if you like, it does not always do what it should. It plays up. The umbrella handle is a bit shitty with her. The toys don't always clean themselves up at her command." I always like Schulze on Mary Poppins, and whilst it's quotable, it's probably not the most representative quote of this marvellous article. The main reason I use it is this article, more than many I've read, explains what being in a room with Jack at work is like. It's also lovely to see all the threads, some of which I saw beginning, come together. Good photos, too, of what work looks like.
berg  danhill  jackschulze  littleprinter  domus  workinprogress  environments 
february 2013 by infovore
Small hello to Little Printer - rodcorp
"Looking at the Little Printer, I feel a little bit like I do about the cats and Ada's toys - I want to pick it up and give it a cuddle. I do not feel that way about our Samsung MNL-2855ND laser printer in the office. A different thing, in a different place, used differently. I hope BERG will do a Little Eye sibling."
empathy  rod  berg  littleprinter  devices  objects  design 
august 2012 by infovore
Paper lives: Little Printer and the rebirth of the hard copy | The Verge
"It feels like a blip to be in this world full of squares of glowing glass, and it doesn't seem plausible that we'll have that forever." Yes, that.
mattwebb  berg  littleprinter  physicality  interface  glowingrectangles  interview  theverge 
august 2012 by infovore
BERG Little Printer Hackday
"What was quite nice is seeing the piles of paper at the end of the day. It’s very visible that Work Has Been Done Here. The sawdust, as Bridle points out, that’s missing from software development. You get to see the failed experiments and the changing versions printed throughout the day which would normally be hidden away in git." It was a fun day, and this is a nice thought from Dan. I kept all my sawdust, which I'll be writing about when I get a minute.
berg  littleprinter  hackday  printing  working  process 
july 2012 by infovore
BERG x Ericsson: ‘Joyful net work’ and Murmurations – Blog – BERG
"Here there are feedback mechanisms that produce more affect and pleasure – for instance the feedback involved in tuning a musical instrument, sound system or a radio. Gardening also seems to be a rich area for examination – where there is frequent work, but the sensual and systemic rewards are tangible." Beautiful work, as ever: I really liked the rewards-for-effort they point out.
berg  design  networks  interaction  work  pleasure  gardening 
may 2012 by infovore
russell davies: little printer, big ambition
"...one point I wanted to make, to all those agencies that have decided that making products is the future. That's a laudable and intelligent aim, but it took five years for BERG to go from here to here. And they're really good. They had to be focused and ambitious, working really hard. This isn't stuff you can just chuck out the back of a creative technology department  Just a thought." Yeah, there is that.
russelldavies  berg  littleprinter  quality  effort  labour 
november 2011 by infovore
Little Printer | BERG Cloud
"Little Printer lives in your home, bringing you news, puzzles and gossip from friends. Use your smartphone to set up subscriptions and Little Printer will gather them together to create a timely, beautiful mini-newspaper." Little Printer sees the light of day. So, so excited to finally see it in the world; can't wait to see it in other homes. (And: beautiful work on the design - industrial, brand, web, the whole package).
berg  littleprinter  social  printing  papernet  product 
november 2011 by infovore
“Sometimes the stories are the science…” – Blog – BERG
"We are making a model of how a product is, to the degree that we can in video. We subject it to as much rigour as we can in terms of the material and technological capabilities we think can be built.

It must not be magic, or else it won’t feel real.

I guess I’m saying sufficiently-advanced technology should be distinguishable from magic." This is a lovely pulling-together of things from Matt J, and really manages to express the notions of "physics" and "rulesets" that I always enjoyed so much.
berg  design  film  rules  physics 
november 2011 by infovore
Mark Porter » Blog Archive » New work: The Guardian iPad app
"Unlike the iPhone and Android apps, which are built on feeds from the website, this one actually recycles the already-formatted newspaper pages. A script analyses the InDesign files from the printed paper and uses various parameters (page number, physical area and position that a story occupies, headline size, image size etc) to assign a value to the story. The content is then automatically rebuilt according to those values in a new InDesign template for the app.

It’s not quite the “Robot Mark Porter” that Schulze and Jones imagined in the workshops, but it’s as close as we’re likely to see in my lifetime. Of course robots do not make good subs or designers, so at this stage some humans intervene to refine, improve and add character, particularly to the article pages. Then the InDesign data goes into a digital sausage machine to emerge at the other end as HTML." Niiiiice.
berg  design  layout  guardian  markporter  ipad  print 
october 2011 by infovore
Product sketch: Clocks for Robots – Blog – BERG
"It is a sign in a public space displaying dynamic code that is both here and now. Connected devices in this space are looking for this code, so the space can broker authentication and communication more efficiently." Gorgeous, thoughtful work as ever; I completely love the fact the phone app has no visualisation of the camera's input. Timo's point, about how the changing QR code seems to validate it more, seems spot-on, too.
berg  products  computervision  robotreadableword  clocks 
september 2011 by infovore
I am (not) sitting in a room – Blog – BERG
This is lovely: Lucier translated to the physical from the sonic; making rooms from previous rooms.
alvinlucier  berg  mattjones  3dprinting  kinect  physical 
june 2011 by infovore
Week 308 – Blog – BERG
"Occasionally, as we discuss designs and possibilities, Nick gets a look in his eyes, like he’s going to have punch physics in the brain. Physics looks back at him like a spoilt four year old teasing a doberman. It’s the best stand off you’ve ever seen." I have seen this look.
berg  weeknotes 
may 2011 by infovore
Suwappu: Toys in media – Blog – BERG
"We all remember making up stories with our toys when we were young, or our favourite childhood TV cartoon series where our toys seemed to have impossible, brilliant lives of their own. Now that we have the technology to have toys soak in media, what tales will they tell?" Poor Badger.
ar  toys  media  berg  dentsulondon  film  dreams 
april 2011 by infovore
Open Data for the Arts – Human Scale Data and Synecdoche – Blog – BERG
The talk I gave at the Media Festival Arts is now online. It's about making data human-scale, and why Twitter bots are a kind of synecdoche.
talks  berg  me  synecdoche  twitter  bots  tmfa2010 
october 2010 by infovore
Leapfroglog - Jane Jacobs and London’s Old Street area
"Perhaps the Shoreditch startups are more effective than their Dutch counterparts not just because they do more with less... but because they are in London. A city at a different scale than Amsterdam or for that matter the greater Amsterdam area, the Randstad as we call it around these parts. A city with a more diverse ecosystem of services and things, smaller services, more specialised services, ready to be employed by companies like BERG and RIG and Tinker, enhancing their abilities when needed."
cities  startups  karsalfrink  london  berg  culture 
december 2009 by infovore
The ghost in the field – Blog – BERG
"Having produced these visualisations, I now find myself mapping imaginary shapes to the radio enabled objects around me. I see the yellow Oyster readers with plumes of LED fluoro-green fungal blossoms hanging over them – and my Oyster card jumping between them, like a digital bee cross-pollenating with data as I travel the city." More wonderful stuff - both in terms of imagery and writing - from the BERG/Touch collaboration.
berg  berglondon  touch  rfid  video  images  design  interaction  radio  hertzian 
october 2009 by infovore
Week 226 – Blog – BERG
Jones has the keys to the helicarrier: "in summary: Schulze is spending the week in zero-g combat training, Tom is playing with an orangutan genome that he got from some guy in Zurich and I’m building a laser-harp."
berg  berglondon  mattjones 
october 2009 by infovore
Nearness – Blog – BERG
"The film Nearness explores interacting without touching. With RFID it’s proximity that matters, and actual contact isn’t necessary. Much of Timo’s work in the Touch project addresses the fictions and speculations in the technology. Here we play with the problems of invisibility and the magic of being close." God, I work with brilliant people.
berg  berglondon  rfid  touch  nearness  timoarnall  jackschulze  video 
september 2009 by infovore
The British Experimental Rocket Group « Matthew Sheret Online
"What an incredible thing. He and The British Experimental Rocket Group have become ideas – vague, powerful concepts that have all the potential to change the world or dissipate trying. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?" It is awesome when people write about your company the way you only imagined they might.
berg  matthewsheret  writing  histories 
august 2009 by infovore

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