When Lydia Cambron was tasked with interpreting the word ‘ruffle’ for a group show at Portland’s White Box Gallery this summer, she started thinking about daily disruptions. Outside of the tech world, disruptions usually have negative connotations—a flat tire, a stain on a white shirt, a smashed iPhone case. But Cambron, a Portland-based industrial designer, prefers to think of these disruptive ruffles as beneficial. She believes that being aggravated, pained even, can force us to address our more deep-seated anxieties and insecurities. Once you can wrap your head around accepting, and even appreciating, discomfort, imagine three products that facilitate it. That’s the idea behind Twice Daily, Cambron’s three-pronged [...]
Feel bad. @Stanley_Basset is getting his nuts nipped today. He is already grumpy on account of no breakfast.
— Michelle Ogundehin (@MOgundehin) May 24, 2012
The enormous and sweeping Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill was presented to Parliament last week and is making its way through England's extremely foreign government. (They do things weird over there!) The bill is a whole lot of things: it establishes the "UK Green Investment Bank" (which sounds toothless). And it has lots of implications for employers—including one sentence in the bill will limit whistleblowing to cases that benefit "the public interest." But one group at least is celebrating, [...]
The late Steve Jobs is known to have been very keen on "taste." Microsoft has absolutely no taste, he said, going on to explain that by this he meant that "they don't think of original ideas, and they don't bring much culture into their product." Great products, he said, were a "triumph of taste." The exquisite taste of Jobs himself has long been a matter of doctrine in the tech world. Kevin Kelly's remarks after his death expressed the general sentiment: "Steve Jobs was a CEO of beauty. In his interviews and especially in private, Jobs often spoke about Art. Taste. Soul. Life. And he sincerely meant [...]
If you are in the neighborhood it you should probably stop by Union Square to check out Sukkah City. A sukkah, for the unfamiliar, is "an ephemeral, elemental shelter, erected for one week each fall, in which it is customary to share meals, entertain, sleep, and rejoice," and Sukkah City is: an international design competition to re-imagine this ancient phenomenon, develop new methods of material practice and parametric design, and propose radical possibilities for traditional design constraints in a contemporary urban site. Twelve finalists were selected by a panel of celebrated architects, designers, and critics to be constructed in a visionary village in Union Square Park from September 19-20, [...]
Oh, some iterations here today on the site itself. As we said early on, we are not going to get too attached to our digital face. It will change and we will experiment ceaselessly. Some things will please some; others will please The Others. (There are still two episodes of Lost sitting on my Tivo! When will I find the time?) This website itself, as you have probably gathered, is an experiment. So, fellow scientists, send all complaints, suggestions and beefs (along with your browser and OS info!) to notes at the awl. (Also, the office of David Cho would like to thank Rebecca Wiener for her invaluable assistance.)