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Three things a city in charge of its destiny ought to know about software | Matt Edgar writes here
"Instead of asking “will it scale”, ask a better question: “Does it gracefully handle massive diversity?”... This is not to say that scale doesn’t matter. Rather, understanding diversity is the better starting point. The diversity question accommodates scaling; the scaling question tramples all over diversity." A good post from Matt Edgar, but this point is particularly good.
government  scale  diversity  software  mattedgar  planning 
january 2015 by infovore
The pace of change « – Matt Edgar
"A billion drinks per day of Coca-Cola is an amazing thought, but such uniformity is a symbol of inertia, not dynamism. For the most part world trade still travels at the speed of shipping containers, not data packets." I chatted to Matt at dConstruct about this, and I'm really glad he's written it up: so much good examples and thought, about recognising the difference between pace and impact, of attention versus raw numbers.
technology  change  writing  progress  mattedgar 
september 2011 by infovore
A fanboy with a strange device « – Matt Edgar
"I think there’s a lesson here for a lot of transmedia, augmented reality, and other buzzword-based story-telling forms: it’s not what you do with the technology, it’s what you leave to the imagination." This is nice, and right, and Matt's point is right because it was true for every other kind of storytelling anyhow. We just have new ways to leave it to the imagination.
imagination  narrative  stories  transmedia  mattedgar 
july 2011 by infovore
Mobile Gothic: a flight of fancy « – Matt Edgar
"The craftsman as hero is a consistent motif in Ruskin’s artistic and social theories. To him, mechanisation and division of labour dehumanise workers, enslaving them to execute exactly the specifications of others. The only way to recapture the humanity in labour is to put the designer back in touch with the tools of the craft and to unleash the creativity of the maker." A lovely metaphorical piece from Matt Edgar, reminding me of how much I need to brush up on my knowledge of the Arts and Crafts movement, if only because of how much I appreciate their sentiments.
johnruskin  engineering  design  mobile  mattedgar  artsandcrafts  gothic 
april 2010 by infovore

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