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What do the people do? – hello.
"This essay is a loose collection of principles for physical interaction." This is good, from Tom Igoe.
design  interaction  art  essay  guidelines  direction 
16 days ago by infovore
Frank Cottrell Boyce: what's the point of culture in Brexit Britain? | Music | The Guardian
"Innovation doesn’t come from the profit motive.

Innovation comes from those who are happy to embark on a course of action without quite knowing where it will lead, without doing a feasibility study, without fear of failure or too much hope of reward. The engine of innovation is reckless generosity"

I couldn't quite pick a single line to quote, but I think I'll choose this. I've been listening to a lot of FCB this weekend, and it's all rung true for me. But especially: the value of serendipity on culture, of one thing informing another months or years later, of the value of pleasure and the imagination to all walks of life. So much here.
culture  art  reading  writing  frankcottrellboyce  essay  lecture 
july 2016 by infovore
Video Essay: The Cinematic Control Room 1971-2015 - YouTube
Normalizing the exceptional; the way the "control room" in films mirrors attitudes towards the control of technology - and control in its more general senses. This was good.
film  video  essay  control  technology  ethics 
january 2016 by infovore
Will Wiles – On the New Aesthetic
"The fascinating thing about the New Aesthetic could be that it was never new — it went from being unknown to being ubiquitous and thoroughly banal with barely a blink. The frisson of shock or wonder one experienced at seeing an aspect of the New Aesthetic out in the wild comes because that is the only time it will be noticed; afterwards it will pass unobserved. The New Aesthetic is not about seeing something new — it is about the new things we are not seeing. It is an effort to truly observe and note emergent digital visual phenomena before they become invisible." This is a really solid, careful piece from Will Wiles.
society  technology  willwiles  essay  newaesthetic  culture 
september 2012 by infovore
2point8 » Reconsidering Winogrand
"...you can’t help but wonder if there was some genius in the aggregate. Like Gerhard Richter’s “Atlas”, perhaps Winogrand’s greatest work wasn’t in the brilliant moments or creative editing, but in the Complete Everything, in the performative act of making hundreds of thousands of images, of the people, with the people?" Michael David Murphy on Gary Winogrand, and the value of his work perhaps being in the entirety of it.
photography  garywinogrand  essay 
february 2010 by infovore
Robert Benchley - How To Get Things Done
"anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment. " Yes.
robertbenchley  gtd  productivity  behaviour  writing  essay  humour 
april 2009 by infovore
Jan Chipchase - Future Perfect Little Swtich / Big Switch
"You might argue that an iPhone without connectivity is, well, an iPod, but its not. To state the (obviously overlooked) obvious - it is a phone without connectivity and that over time the ease and evolving practice of disconnecting fundamentally changes our assumptions of what we can expect from a phone, which in turn alters our expectations about the connectivity of other people." Jan Chipchase on pause buttons and understandings of what "social" means. Excellent.
janchipchcase  mobile  phone  connectivity  social  communication  society  essay 
september 2008 by infovore
Dark Knight Shift: Why Batman Could Exist--But Not for Long: Scientific American
An interview with E. Paul Zehr, whose book, "Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero", discusses the matter of the interview. (is it possible for a normal guy to become about as fit as Batman? And can you maintain it?) Some smart points.
analysis  health  fitness  exercise  batman  comics  essay  science 
july 2008 by infovore
technology is what makes us human
"What I want to argue is that humans are uniquely talented at ‘thinking with our hands’, and its wrong to discard ‘intuitive’ engineering as a historical curiosity." Tim Hunkin, on fire, about the importance of making.
engineering  tools  technology  making  design  craft  craftsmanship  writing  essay  timhunkin 
june 2008 by infovore
Be Good
"...if you put those two ideas together, you get something surprising. Make something people want. Don't worry too much about making money. What you've got is a description of a charity."
paulgraham  essay  writing  business  startup 
april 2008 by infovore
I.D. - Down with Innovation
Not quite sure what point Poynor's trying to make; in many ways, his list of examples at the end really is a list of design thinking examples - architecture, engineering, etc, seen with a design hat on. Lots of statements I'm uncomfortable with in this.
rickpoynor  design  designthinking  innovation  engineering  essay  article  style 
april 2008 by infovore
A List Apart: Articles: Understanding Web Design
Yes. A healthy tonic to all the mind-numbingly irritating rants going around the place about making the web "prettier" and "more distinctive" and "more art directed" and whatever. It's a medium in its own right. Now work out what that means.
design  zeldman  essay  web  alistapart 
november 2007 by infovore
a presentation on rock'n'roll storytelling | guy parsons for "the reader/writer mashup"
"Adventures in particpatory, interactive, rock'n'roll storytelling." Guy's talk in fulltext format. Nicely done, Guy.
presentation  essay  play  storytelling  narrative  games  arg 
october 2007 by infovore
Magic Ink: Information Software and the Graphical Interface
"In this paper, I ... argue that interactivity is actually a curse for users and a crutch for designers, and users’ goals can be better satisfied through other means"
hci  interaction  design  interface  usability  ixd  ux  paper  essay 
april 2007 by infovore
Microsoft is Dead
"I'm glad Microsoft is dead. They were like Nero or Commodus—evil in the way only inherited power can make you. Because remember, the Microsoft monopoly didn't begin with Microsoft."
microsoft  web20  business  essay  paulgraham  internet  software 
april 2007 by infovore
New Statesman - Imaginary friends
"To conflate fantasy with immaturity is a rather sizeable error. Rational yet non-intellectual, moral yet inexplicit, symbolic not allegorical, fantasy is not primitive but primary." Ursula le Guin on fine form in the NS.
ursulaleguin  fantasy  sf  writing  fiction  literature  essay  criticism  children  reading 
december 2006 by infovore
Shirky: Ontology is Overrated -- Categories, Links, and Tags
Read it a long while ago, but great to come back to - a fantastic piece of Clay Shirky on fuzzy classifications.
essay  folksonomy  ia  classification  critique  ontology  knowledgemanagement 
november 2006 by infovore
The Power of the Marginal
The big media companies shouldn't worry that people will post their copyrighted material on YouTube. They should worry that people will post their own stuff on YouTube, and audiences will watch that instead.
media  broadcast  innovation  essay  keynote  presentation 
june 2006 by infovore
Adactio: Articles - In Praise of the Hyperlink
I didn't get to see Jeremy talk, which I feel bad for; he clashed with Julian and Nicolas' blogjects session. Fortunately, his prose is online, and a most enjoyable read
html  markup  essay  talk  presentation  philosophy  reboot8 
june 2006 by infovore
The Development Abstraction Layer - Joel on Software
Joel on good form; essentially, why managers do everything in their power to let hackers hack.
development  essay  programming  business  management  writing 
april 2006 by infovore
Friendster lost steam. Is MySpace just a fad?
Public - super-public - hyperpublic. Lots of interesting stuff in this essay from danah. Memo to self: it's all about the ablative case.
public  superpublics  friendster  myspace  essay  glocalization  danahboyd  socialsoftware 
march 2006 by infovore
The Squandered Promise of Science Fiction by Jonathan Lethem
Yes, basically. A nice, tight, essay, about what happened to the promise of 60s/70s sci-fi (part of the answer: Star Wars, that's what)
scifi  essay  writing  literarycriticism 
february 2006 by infovore
The Perils of JavaSchools - Joel on Software
Pointers tripped me up when I was 13 and trying to learn C. Flummoxed, I tell you - and put off programming for a while. Now, though, I appreciate Joel's point (even if I'm a lousy coder and not worthy of the title "programmer"). I think it's the fact I k
programming  learning  essay  language  c  java  computing 
january 2006 by infovore
Game Studies 0501: The Hunt for Collaborative War Gaming - CASE: Battlefield 1942 by Tony Manninen and Tomi Kujanp‽‽
Quite weighty, so I'm going to come back to this later. A look at the goal of co-op FPS gameplay, taking Battlefield 1942 apart piece by piece.
games  essay  multiplayer 
december 2005 by infovore
brevity.org -- Links to essays in Best Software Writing I
The original essays that comprise Joel Spolsky's "Best Software Writing I"
book  programming  software  essay 
june 2005 by infovore
Harper's Magazine: Tense Present.
David Foster Wallace on "Democracy, English, and the Wars over Usage"
essay  language  linguistics  grammar 
april 2005 by infovore

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