"We used to sit down with software and point and click on things; now we carry software around and tap, swipe, pinch and zoom on things. As our computing habits have gotten more mobile and more physical, the metaphor of pages, which implies a more focused, dedicated frame of mind, has become less useful."

- Subtraction.com Khoi Vinh’s Web site

pacollipacolli:

The video for We Ride At Night @ Heist Gallery curated by Jason Vivona

Weird and surprised to run across this.
I produced this video for the old blog I ran.
Heist Gallery isn’t open anymore plus the whole vibe of the city is slowly fading.

Free Beer Tonight - Stefan Sagmeister @ FITC from FITC on Vimeo.

Stefan Sagmeister at the recent FITC Toronto conference in April, 2014.

"Hal Finney, the renowned cryptographer, coder, and bitcoin pioneer, died Thursday morning at the age of 58 after five years battling ALS. He will be remembered for a remarkable career that included working as the number-two developer on the groundbreaking encryption software PGP in the early 1990s, creating one of the first “remailers” that presaged the anonymity software Tor, and—more than a decade later—becoming one of the first programmers to work on bitcoin’s open source code; in 2008, he received the very first bitcoin transaction from Satoshi Nakamoto. Now Finney has become an early adopter of a far more science fictional technology: human cryopreservation, the process of freezing human bodies so that they can be revived decades or even centuries later."

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Bitcoin’s Earliest Adopter Is Cryonically Freezing His Body To See The Future | Threat Level | WIRED

Technology hype is so cyclical. Cryonics is back on the radar.
But to put it bluntly. There is something both fascinating and terrifying about having the same set of humans living indefinitely.

"You make your own energy — you have to be “selfish” in that respect, to figure out how you can generate your own energy. But somehow, when it’s done with authenticity and wonder, it always seems to become a more universal source — everyone working to keep themselves at their most inspired, their most energetic."

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INTERVIEW : JOHN JAY, W+K GX

One of the reasons I was even inspired to get into advertising is John Jay.
They don’t make ‘em like this anymore. 

"For me, the very most important thing about VR was that when you were in it, you’d feel your own existence in the sense that if all the sensory input is artificial, then what’s floating there, that’s your consciousness. So to me, it was sort of proof that subjectivity is real; that consciousness is real, that it’s not just a construct that we put on things."

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Jaron Lanier and Kevin Kelly talking about the past, present, and future of virtual reality (via thisistheverge)

Could VR be a modern way to approach the Mind-body problem?

(via thisistheverge)

n0un:

Paola Antonelli in Objectified

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This is my favorite clip of the film, Objectified. It is the most inspiring comment that has laid the groundwork for my confidence, for my philosophy, for my self realization that I can do more than just design objects. That, as a designer, what I can contribute to the world can transcend beyond the mere criticisms or debates of form and function. 

The most valuable tools of design are not tools to which to create but tools to which to connect and understand. That single tool is empathy. Such a tool can allow any designer to do what Antonelli is talking about and be personally involved in culture generating and policy making. And it makes sense. Naturally, designers are aware of other cultures beyond the culture of design and have very diverse perspectives in art, film, music, fashion, technology and politics.

I myself have opinions on America’s educational system and even have thoughts on Religion and it’s placement in the modern world but all I can do as of now is just voice my opinion. But even so, I believe designers who talk about such topics and are in a position to make such decisions can then move forward toward this frontier of change Antonelli is talking about.

It is also her words that cements the idea that all designers should have some form of internal view of design itself. To go beyond simply creating for the sake of aesthetics OR function. Like any artist with a well defined sense of purpose or conviction, those sentiments will naturally fall in the DNA of their own work.

This is where I’d like to go next.
The designer not solely as maker of objects and artefacts but the designer as policy maker, researcher, strategist and scientist.

n0un:

o u r  e t h o s

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It starts with the person (us). 


And being aware of how we’re influenced by the place(s) we inhabit. 


Places defined not by walls & ceilings but by the things we choose to surround ourselves with.


The more we’re aware, the better we can choose those things. 

Hyper Awareness for Hyper Contentedness.

How the other half lives, Wieden + Kennedy Tokyo — 2014

How the other half lives, Wieden + Kennedy Tokyo — 2014

"Design, is basically not self-expression. Instead, it originates in society. The essence of Design lies in the process of discovering a problem shared by many people and trying to solve it. Because the root of the problem is within society, everyone can understand plans for solutions and process for solving the problem, in addition to being able to see the problem from the designer’s perspective. Design is appealing because the process creates inspiration that is engendered by this empathy among human beings in our common values and spirituality."

- Kenya Hara in Designing Design (via sssarah)

Devour the works of your idols — 2014

Devour the works of your idols — 2014

Shinkansen to Kyoto, Ebisu, Japan — 2014

Shinkansen to Kyoto, Ebisu, Japan — 2014

Stay the path, Daibutsu, Kamakura, Japan — 2014

Stay the path, Daibutsu, Kamakura, Japan — 2014

In the waning moments of the twentieth century, the  superhero is everyman. Look at the way we live: traveling over the Earth at astounding speeds with unimaginable ease; communicating instantly at will with people in the farthest corners of the globe; engineering economies, driving environmental forces, working wonders. If a person from only a hundred years or so in the past could look in on our lives, that person would suppose that we were not mortals, but gods. He would be bowled over by what the most ordinary among us could do with a car or a light switch.” — from The New Bards by Elliot S. Maggin

In the waning moments of the twentieth century, the superhero is everyman. Look at the way we live: traveling over the Earth at astounding speeds with unimaginable ease; communicating instantly at will with people in the farthest corners of the globe; engineering economies, driving environmental forces, working wonders. If a person from only a hundred years or so in the past could look in on our lives, that person would suppose that we were not mortals, but gods. He would be bowled over by what the most ordinary among us could do with a car or a light switch.” — from The New Bards by Elliot S. Maggin

Crate diggin’, Disk Union, Shibuya, Japan — 2014

Crate diggin’, Disk Union, Shibuya, Japan — 2014