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Why a Toaster's "A Bit More" Button Is a Design Triumph - The Atlantic
The designer’s job is not to please or comfort the user, but to make an object even more what it already is.
design  ux  bogost  objects  users  userfriendliness 
july 2017 by rachaelsullivan
The Uncomfortable
"The goal is to re-design useful objects making them uncomfortable but usable”
design  art  userfriendliness  objects 
december 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Six Designers Take On Some of the World’s Toughest Redesign Challenges
Design experts or not, we can all think of a long list of objects that are calling out for review. Chances are that at least one of the six objects reimagined in the pages that follow — the cell tower, the hospital gown, the toilet, the airport baggage-delivery system, the bike lock and the prescription-medicine label — have led you to howl in despair more than once.
design  com202  objects  users  audience  difficulty 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Sympathy for the Blue Screen of Death - Evan Meaney - The Atlantic
Many systems are so complex and so markedly different from ourselves that we can’t interact with them directly—we need interpreters. Think about climate change, for example. My body isn’t an accurate detector of specific carbon levels in the atmosphere, but I can understand the phenomenon when I see melting icecaps or when my home is threatened by rising ocean levels. These observations act as messengers, as feedback. They clue me into things that I can’t see but of which I am nevertheless a part. No matter how much I hate to look, seeing those pictures of a sad polar bear adrift a skimpy ice floe reminds me that I hold membership in a larger ecosystem. The Blue Screen helps reconcile another such divorce between reality and our idea of it. Blue understands that we are preoccupied with the small portion of the computer we can see and touch. It even knows that without us, it’s own world inside the PC would collapse.
objects  error  glitch  windows  software  materiality  userfriendliness  affect  hci  users  from delicious
january 2014 by rachaelsullivan
THE AESTHETICS OF SILENCE / SUSAN SONTAG
Contemplation, strictly speaking, entails self-forgetfulness on the part of the spectator: an object worthy of contemplation is one which, in effect, annihilates the perceiving subject.
sontag  objects  subjectivity  barthes  silence  from delicious
november 2013 by rachaelsullivan
Algorithm and Contingency / On Agency: Response to Roden’s Reply on my Remarks
But heres where I believe algorithmic artworks and algorithms in general play a crucial role. An algorithm is a strange thing indeed. You take one or more elements, CPU, graphics accelerator, hard-drive, RAM, L2 cache’s, bus speeds and an execution can be performed that hopefully produces a calculable end result. Note that the end result is not always achievable. The cake may fail to rise in the oven or even burn, the revolution may be halted by lack of people and the military, the Earth will disintegrate before Every Icon’s algorithm is finished counting. All of these are factors are contingent on the algorithmic procedure, because the algorithmic procedure is contingent on certain factors. The issue then is, can it be said that an algorithm has agency? Does it possess something inherent in its form that is inaccessible to its contingent relations?
algorithm  agency  machineagency  ooo  objects  from delicious
november 2013 by rachaelsullivan
Archaeolog: Ruins and Memory: Cormac McCarthy's Archaeological Imagination
All the objects around him, in their diverse lives and existence elude and resist mediation and translation, just as archaeological objects retain within themselves memories that cannot be shared.
archaeology  nonhuman  mccarthy  objects  memory  from delicious
june 2013 by rachaelsullivan
Object/Poems: Alison Knowles’s Feminist Archite(x)ture by Nicole L. Woods
A resident at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey and an expert on the IBM compiling system known as FORTRAN, Tenney conceived of the workshop as a simple demonstration of the methods in which computers could be used as a tool of artistic practice. Demystifying the complexity of technocratic language and application, Tenney’s goal was rather modest: to show the artists that their previous experimentations with indeterminacy in fact “often resembled the way one programmed information.”26 Stimulated by this creative environment, Knowles began to conceive of a basic poetic structure in which random bits of information fed into a machine could streamline her experiments with chance-derived imagery. The result was “The House of Dust”—a digital poem composed of four separate categories prepared by Knowles in advance and programmed in FORTRAN-IV by Tenney, which was then processed by a mainframe computer at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (BPI).
sculpture  digitalpoetry  fortran  programming  knowles  fluxus  1960s  performance  art  experimental  objects  from delicious
may 2013 by rachaelsullivan
The Function of Digital Poetry at the Present time by: Nathan Brown (on Hayles)
The stated goal of Hayles’s essay is to compare and contrast “how electronic and print media conceive of poetry as an event rather than an object” (187). “Less an object than an event,“ she writes, “the digital text emerges as a dance between artificial and human intelligences, machine and natural languages, as these evolve together in time." It is those “digital characteristics” of distributed existence, active code, and performative display which “imply that the poem ceases to exist as a self-contained object and instead becomes a process, an event brought into existence when the program runs.” Through these qualities of digital media, “the poem is ‘eventilized,’ made more an event and less a discrete, self-contained object with clear boundaries in space and time” (182, my italics). Indeed, Hayles argues, the foregrounding of process by the digital poem fosters a perspective from which “materiality itself thus comes to be seen as more an event than a preexisting object...
digitalpoetry  performativity  hayles  digitaltext  materiality  code  ontology  objects  print  e-lit  from delicious
may 2013 by rachaelsullivan
Michael Johansson -- Objects Subjected exhibition
Engaging directly with these objects, manipulating them, juxtaposing them against each other or representing them in a new context is my method of work. Through out my different explorations of the potentials of my collection of found and acquired things, one has been to free objects from their function. By forcing these objects into contexts in which their functional qualities are put into opposition with their field of application, the objects are stripped of their meaning for existence
consumersociety  artists  sculpture  hoarding  foundobjects  art  overload  objects  from delicious
may 2013 by rachaelsullivan
Facebook | The Things That Connect Us - YouTube
Chairs are like Facebook.

From FB home page: Things that connect us
We honor the everyday things that bring us together and celebrate people everywhere opening up and connecting.
instrumentalism  markposter  socialnetworking  facebookworldtakeover  ooo  objects  facebook 
november 2012 by rachaelsullivan
Books on Paper Fight Analog Distractions - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic
We're worried. With all of the things in the physical world -- parks and baseball, cars and cats, food and drink, duvet covers and lamps -- how will anyone get any reading done?

Can you concentrate on Flaubert when your cute cat is only a few feet away, or give your true devotion to Mr. Darcy when people are swimming in a pool nearby?

People who read books on paper are realizing that while they really want to be reading Dostoyevsky, the real world around them is pretty distracting with all of its opportunities for interacting with people, buying things in stores, and drinking coffee.
books  objects  reading  ooo 
may 2012 by rachaelsullivan
Portland Art Museum - Object Stories
The Portland Art Museum offers a unique opportunity to share your story about an object that is meaningful to you. Do you have something you would never give up? Like a favorite childhood toy, a military medal, or a memento? Something that lives on your wall, your mantle, or buried in a corner of your dresser? Something that evokes a time or person in your life, a place you miss, or something you hope for?
objects  digitaltext  archive  memory  storytelling 
april 2012 by rachaelsullivan

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