Observational Instruments, Observed
Instruments of topography are designed to see, not to be seen. But take a look at the charismatic gear being hauled around by the impressive Venue project, delightful design-comments on observational tools (that actually function as observational tools). And take a look as well at Google's Trekker, a thing designed to look at you.
The Built Villain
Scrutinize the dispute between a museum and a condo development in Dallas, and it takes on monster-movie tones
. In a sense, the Museum Tower is
a monster — like Frankenstein’s, constructed with no ill intent, but transformed by its design flaws into a civic menace. It's a parable of familiar worries around space and control.
The Bizarro Storytelling Exercise
Noting the value of "story" is fashionable these days, and it makes sense to think hard about the best tale you can tell about your brand or company or product. But maybe there's even more value in thinking hard about the very worst
story that could plausibly be told.
The Infrastructure of the Cloud
The digital delights we access from computer and smartphone and tablet screens certainly look and feel like obliterators of all things physical. They free us from the smudgy daily paper and bulky boxes of albums and the sprawly local mall. But there's plenty of materiality behind this thing we call "the cloud."