"Screenshots of Despair"
A newish Tumblr collects "screenshots of despair." These are stand-in messages, and they are designed very specifically to be done away with as soon as possible. Practical on one level, they can be crushing on another.
Stealth Iconography: Pinwheel of Death
The "pinwheel of death" familiar to Mac users isn't quite at the level of Twitter's Fail Whale as an icon of not-working. But presumably Apple would prefer that it weren't so widely known that it could serve as the basis for an Improv Everywhere comedy bit at TED.
The Ekphrasis-y Critique
What I was trying to get at, writing on "dancing about architecture" the other day, was my enthusiasm for creative responses to creativity, in general. Possibly ekphrasis is the concept I was grasping for without knowing it. And possibly an off-Broadway show partly inspired by indsutrial design is a nicely ekphraksis-y example.