On "Fake" Design
Recently, a fairly well known designer bemoaned the practice of designers not working on “real” projects, implying a line between what he’d classify “actual” and “fake” work. He lamented those designing for the sake of practice and/or experimentation—classifying it as more a scourge than a validated form of artistic expression. He even posited a solution for designers who don’t...
Rewriting Science Fiction
This post was originally written and appeared on the Envy Labs blog here. The lot of us self-proclaimed “nerds” in the tech environment can still feel experiential echoes of the moment Tom Cruise donned the “glove” to begin a tech-dance with the G-Speak Spatial Operating Environment in Spielberg’s Minority Report. It was the stuff dreams were made of—whizzing and whirling, manipulating a...
Pinching, Pulling, Punching
As designers, it’s easy to get looped into this idea that style trumps substance. Don’t get me wrong, I think we’d all fight this tooth and nail—arguing for the latter, but actions speak louder than words. And what’s released speaks tenfold for what’s in idealized practice. That’s not to say we’re not actively rethinking interaction design, I think...
Just a thought today.
The state of things isn’t pretty. It’s not easy and it’s typically less than an explosive path up and to the right. But somehow, despite the mess and miscalculations about what our less-than-perfect world should look like, there are those who see something else in spite of it all. I don’t really “run” a blog on design because in order to do that, I’d have...
The Been Everywhere Project
I was invited by a one Mr. Adrian Walsh to participate in his collaborative design project “The Everywhere Project” aptly titled after the folk song of a similar title of which I’m none too familiar. I chose Black Rock City, site of the famous Burning Man festival which I am similarly none too familiar with. What I do know now, I’m partly intrigued by and partly wish I...
All The Pictures Are Gone.
Yes. Every last one of them. For now. My lack of Tumblr participation came down to me not needing another outlet to merely upload contextless imagery from various unnamed projects—I’ve got other outlets to fail at updating for that. No promises on frequency and I’m going to avoid the word blog for all intensive purposes as that’s a bit too commitment-heavy at this point....