Monthly Archives: January 2011

Upstairs, downstairs

Remnants of a Disappearing UI at Design Language News (‘making visual sense of nonsense’): ‘My method involved cleaning the iPad’s surface with a microfiber cloth, using an app for a short amount of time, then turning the screen off. Next, … Continue reading

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Things and monsters

The Tale of the Cables, ‘Reading WikiLeaks as literature’ (“Berdimuhamedov does not like people who are smarter than he is,” this cable writer relates. “Since he’s not a very bright guy, our source offered, he is suspicious of a lot … Continue reading

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Spam shacks, metal maps and the bunker mentality

Spam Architecture, a project by Alex Draglescu: objects ‘generated by a computer program that accepts as input, junk email. Various patterns, keywords and rhythms found in the text are translated into three-dimensional modeling gestures.’ / par temeritas, a tumblr. As … Continue reading

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Critical structures

Woodstock Handmade Houses at SuperForest / MidCentury House blog / 400 year trends from Google books search (‘Cars finally overtake horses, plus a brief surge for planes, in 1940; weak UFO performance thoughout’) / there’s been a recent spike in … Continue reading

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A few things

Optimist Club, a tumblr / test.dept, a tumblr / jenlindblad: blog, a wordy tumblr. ‘But I find it hard to get excited about a world in which buying art online is the norm… While I rarely shop online, I have … Continue reading

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A few quick things only

A few quick things. Headline of the day, ‘Why I can’t stop reading Mormon housewife blogs‘, or how the LDS encourages blogging, thrift and craft to form a perfect trifecta of contemporary concerns / an ode to flight simulator manuals … Continue reading

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A critical cold frame

On Critical Futures. We came away from the Gopher Hole with a few, still rather disorganised thoughts. Although things is very much on the peripherary of the recent debate/controversy surrounding the role of the internet in architectural criticism (kick-started by … Continue reading

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You are walking down a long tunnel

Medium Religion, an exhibition on the relationship between media, scripture, repetition and indoctrination. The show included an image of the Lenin Mausoleum, an object stranded between abstraction and monumentalism and perhaps the first, failed, cryogenic suspension pod. The flawed blend … Continue reading

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What happens next

Not content with iPad content, a good list of do’s and don’ts for the transition from print to pad at Barac Consulting (via MagCulture). ‘The creatives are not grappling enough with the problems of interface and user experience, or about … Continue reading

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Links and Swiss imagery to start the week

They don’t make maps like they used to. BibliOdyssey presents the Theatrum Iconographicum Omnium Urbium, a series of city plans by the Dutch cartographer Frederik de Wit, uploaded to the National Library of The Netherlands / Airstream / Rolls-Royce / … Continue reading

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