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Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Technological ease of use inevitably leads to an explosion in creativity (that word again). Discuss. Aardvark makes the point of how Apple's iLife suite is, apparently, leading to hours of uninspiring GarageBand-recorded music and iMovie-authored home movies. Is it elitist to dismiss this surge in cultural creation out of hand? Perhaps. The standard 1970s suburban joke was having to sit through an insufferably dull evening of holiday slides taken by your neighbours, as they exploited the best available technology for their own amusement.

Substitute a DVD with all the bells and whistles (wipes, fades, background music, titles, voice overs, etc. etc.) or a CD cobbled together using a bunch of copyright-free loops, and you have the recipe for a similarly uninspiring entertainment - not the sort of thing to inflinct on friends. So does this mean we will increasingly spend less time consuming and more time producing, firing up a programme (even one as limited as sound mixer, via Sachs Report) when we want to hear music, rather than putting on a 'real' CD?

Another searching question: Have we got too good at explaining design? 'Daniel Liebeskind is a great architect but may be almost too great an explainer. Every aspect of his master plan for the World Trade Center site comes bundled with newly-minted brand names (Freedom Tower, Memory Foundations, The Wedge of Light) and each of those names carry their own built-in metaphors.' Interesting article by Michael Bierut at Design Observer on the increasing need to build-in meaning and metaphor in such a way that personal interpretations of a building are now guided by the architect, who may in turn be seeking to influence Jury members, committees, etc.

Hulks of industry. In Joel Sternfeld's 'Walking the High Line' (where others have also been), there's a great shot of the Starrett-Lehigh building on the Lower West Side. Recently given a $20 million renovation, here's a 1936 image of the Starrett-Lehigh by Berenice Abbott (see her Changing New York 1935-38 series at the NY public library). There must be countless such industrial hulks awaiting new uses, especially in the US.

Some other things. Lorbus is a weblog with a design emphasis, and it's where we find the Robot Hall of Fame and these ghastly retro televisions from Predicta. Best of all, though, is the cute flash application tinygrow, which gives anyone green fingers / Squalor Survivors (sic) seems like an American version of How clean is your house (which dispenses with a question mark for some reason) / Is this you?, more found photos, this time with an interactive slant (via Phathouse) / the films of Hal Ashby, via Life in the Present.

Brixton then and now at Urban 75 / huge collection of historic photos from CGBGs (via The Cartoonist) / a photolog from Berlin / miniature books / ping pong ball avalanche (via muxway) / the space age house from Woody Allen's Sleeper, one of many things gleaned from Ask me-fi, which is fast becoming a source of more fascinating stuff than the main page. Take this fascinating query about John Titor, alleged time-traveller who contributed vital future research to IBM's 5100 series computer. Speaking of the future, check out Marc Newson's concept jet, exhibited at the Fondation Cartier earlier this week (thanks to LB for the pic).

Strange Attractor, a new journal, is now taking orders. Read the press release and see sample layouts: I, II, III. Fascinating stuff.

As you can see, we're packing our bags and heading off for a week or so. Updates will hopefully happen, but in the meantime, check out our archives and don't forget that things 17-18 is now ready to order.