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
) / 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).
, a new journal, is now taking orders. Read the press release
and see sample layouts: I
. 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