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William Gibson on the future of fashion.
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The thesis is now done and deliverd, but the research continues… “In a detailed blog post last month, leading movie subscription service Netflix, known for having one of the world’s most effective personal recommendation engines, revealed a remarkable statistic. “We have adapted our personalisation algorithms… in such a way that now 75 percent of what people watch is from some sort of...
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I can’t even begin to explain how much I love this collection, and how significant and powerful it is to me. I JUST WANT TO CUDDLE WITH REI KAWAKUBO The headpiece in its original form - the one posted here so many times before - died. A freak accident with a rebel sewing machine, don’t ask. I had to declare it dead yesterday, and make a new one (which is probably the… 7th...
I was just reading a few papers on intimacy and relationships and it just struck me that ALL, and I mean ALL OF THEM, whilst claiming to have carried out experiments on “a wide range of relationship categories” or a “wide range of backgrounds”, described their subjects as heterosexual, white, middle class people in monogamous relationships (and, I suppose one can also...
And they are the generations who are constantly told via mass media that only...– bell hooks, “Where we Stand”, p.81.
[…] it’s creepy because it seems designed to eliminate all the parts of life...– Google’s New Glasses And The War On Serendipity : Monkey See : NPR (via new-aesthetic)
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Maybe the ultimate statement in our intimacy with technology?
One motivation for this research is to make people’s lives more convenient. We...– From Pattie Maes’s article, Interactions Magazine July/August 2005. What’s interesting about this quote is that I actually couldn’t disagree more. Like I’ve said before both here and in other papers, this point of view on technology presumes that people are standardized: if...
The rules just kind of got there. They don’t make any kind of sense except...– Douglas Adams. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - A Trilogy in Five Parts, p. 618. (From the last book, Mostly Harmless) This, for me, is pretty much the perfect definition of what Design Fiction is about.
For years radios had been operated by means of pressing buttons and turning...– Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 2002 , p. 87 (via fuckyeahmasterthesis)
Design Fiction: The Era of Objects at V2 | Beyond... →
This is sooo parallel and relevant to what I’ve been thinking/researching here… I love it.
Significant Objects | …and how they got that way →
“Significant Objects, a literary and anthropological experiment whose first two phases ran from July 2009 through October 2010, demonstrated that the effect of narrative on any given object’s subjective value can be measured objectively. The project auctioned off thrift-store objects via eBay; for item descriptions, short stories purpose-written by over 200 contributing writers were...
So after all those reflections I posted here I started thinking about portrayals of sentient objects in science fiction and fantasy literature and movies. Now this is the fun part (is there anything better than reading nice books and watching sci-fi movies for your thesis?). What interested me was that these objects I was reading about would not merely react to whoever was using them (remember...
The Zara Case
Read the whole story here. It’s interesting to note, reading the repercussion of this case on twitter, facebook and various blogs (like this one here - sorry, portuguese only) how many, many people seem to be more concerned about the effect of this story on their wardrobes (“the last collection is amazing and now I can’t buy it because of slaves?”) or their projected images (“ok, now i will...
So… I haven’t been updating very frequently here lately, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped working. I’ve been writing a real proposal, so I can show it to my (hopefully) second-supervisor-to-be. I hope it works out. Anyway, I just wanted to post a few things I’ve come to realize during this time about my process and my outcome. On process While checking...
Everything is the same
Just a whiny moment: can we please, please, PLEASE knock it off with “illuminated fashion”, “LED fashion” and the like? It feels like “wearable technology” has come to mean “clothing with blinking stuff” and nothing else… such a rich and exciting area and all you can see is blinking LEDs. Oh well, anyway. On other news, updates coming soon...
I just realized...
Non-digital objects with digital extensions. That’s it. Analog objects that comment on issues relevant to Digital Media and Interaction Design. Specifically, the issues that interest me and that I wrote down on my sketchbook (next post). Capturing the digital through craft-based traditions. The secret electronic life of objects. Ok, I know, bad pun. Sorry. Going through my notes I...
(…) there are lots of ways of designing that allow for interpretation and...– Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, excerpt of an interview published on the book “Digital by Design”, p. 265
Something that becomes beautiful through use. Maybe something that is not beautiful to begin with, but becomes so by being used… This idea is really vague, but it interests me. Something that I find really interesting is how wear patterns on shoes adapt to the way each person walks. The thing with this idea is that I, as a designer, cannot hope to control such a process. It’s...
(…) designs for the 21st century: embryonic, complex, challenging, fresh....– Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, excerpt of an interview published on the book “Digital by Design”, p. 264
Some nice input
I decided to ask the nice folks at Serious Eats if they had any tools in the kitchen that got better with time. I got some very interesting and inspiring answers: http://www.seriouseats.com/talk/2011/07/tools-that-get-better-with-time.html
Some nights ago I dreamed I was setting up my thesis’ outcome for the final presentation. It was an environment - a room, like any room in an apartment or house - and the objects I made for the thesis were part of this room. Ok, so last week I was researching these new textiles/technologies thing and sure it’s an amazing and exciting field, but… I’m not a scientist. So to...
(via Suzanne Lee: Grow your own clothes | Video on TED.com)
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Meat the future
EDIT: this idea has already been trashed. I’m keeping the post for historic purposes. Meat can already be grown in labs. Soon, people will be able to grow their own meat and other products at home. What, then, will substitute all the other materials we get from cattle and the likes? Wearable things that have a lifespan - but that will not the thrown in the garbage once they’re gone....
DIY Pen (by FRASER ROSS)
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Let's give it a name
Like I wrote yesterday… maybe giving it a name will help me grasp what I’m all about here. First of all, some time ago I wrote an outline of the structure for my thesis. Nothing really interesting or new, but a guideline for the headlines or titles I want to think about: 1. The BIG QUESTION (research question) * opens up into sub-questions 2. Sub-questions * find related...
A list and a question
Last time I met my advisor we talked for a long time about many, many aspects of the subjects I’ve been researching. A nice talk, but I really feel that I have a lot of material, but no specific direction. Kinda like having a whole dictionary in front of you and being incapable of choosing one word. He suggested that, to get things going, I come up with some titles or headlines for the...
Uniqueness tends to be seen as a way of validating a mass-produced object as something of importance. I wonder, though… through which processes do we negotiate uniqueness with an electronic object? What makes it different from the next object? I’m not talking about physical uniqueness, though. I’m not interested in the “role of a semiotician […] creating semiotic...