A relentless focus on the ephemeral is a useful way of garnering an appreciation of the everyday, the prosaic and the humble. Yet while one gets a strong sense of the 'drift
' through clicking from one site to another (or even undertaken virtual derives, such as the one Michael Wolf
did using Google Street View in Paris
) the levels of editing, unconscious or otherwise, shape our apparently random vision of the virtual world. We're just as guilty of this as everyone else - the web of 'things' that so often occupies these posts, fills the sidebar or our project list
is not simply a record of everything
but a very careful edit of something
By the same token, a recognisable genre of weblogs has emerged (see this question: Is there a name or term for the aesthetic these blogs contain?
), the seemingly random streams of 'good work', quirky images, striking photography, cool objects, strange concepts, old scans, etc. etc. etc. We can drift though these - and we do - yet we shouldn't kid ourselves that we are flaneuring
our way to anything but a highly selected cultural overview. This genre of presentation is both persuasive and pervasive, the digital equivalent of Wired's 'Fetish
' pages (which have obviously a far more natural existence on screen than on paper). Take the AJ's new Notebook
site, wherein 'inspiration' is 'curated', an explicit acknowledgement of the dominance of image-driven culture.
These visual essays, together with animated stings and very short films, have become the primary modes of communication; objects are strung together rather than taken in isolation. There is no space for contemplation, just clicking, scrolling and flicking. This leaves the solitary object somewhat adrift, only embodying meaning when it is juxtaposed or collated or slotted into a larger collection. Although a glance at any tumblr or curated weblog might suggest otherwise, the 'thing' is in danger of imminent extinction. *
Other things. Jim Coudal
talks ten years of Coudal Partners
at Design Glut
/ Victoria Etcetera
, a short film by Penguin cover designer Germano Facetti
and Paolo Gori, hosted at LUX
/ a little bit of web history: animated gifs
/ Will 'Hotel of Doom' ever be finished?
We hadn't realised that work had re-started on the Ryugyong Hotel
, threatening to end its position as architectural bogeyman/online object of fascination / HandBin
, 'A Blog of Artistic and Architectural investigations'. Into the Loop
, a weblog / La Arquitectura es Aburrida
, a weblog / Design with Intent
, on behaviour and design / videos of the 2009 Stirling Prize shortlist
/ a comprehensive set of images and information on Pauline Baynes
at Brian Sibley's Weblog
/ All Things Amazing
, frequently nsfw / Share Some Candy
, design as pick and mix.
Photographs by Andrea Posada
, via The Purest of Treats
, occasionally nsfw / How to write badly well
, via me-fi projects
/ something to investigate, Thounds
, a collaborative music experiment ('a home for your Music Thoughts. Share them with your friends and let them grow'). More information at the Thounds Blog
/ contemporary music at FL Spectro
, a design weblog.
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