2.5 Ton Carved Marble Manhattan
Using Google Earth, photos, and helicopter rides over the city, Sone created a vision of Manhattan that is at once majestic and almost biological in its complexity. The incredible level of detail invites one to get lost among the streets just as you might get lost in Manhattan itself. Each building, each bridge, each tiny street are all represented faithfully in this intricate carving.
If you buy a hammer that doesn’t hammer your nails, then you go back to the hardware store and get another one, no? And that sort of makes sense, except that it also cripples you. You end up with the rote permutations on the low-lying fruit of algorithms. You treat programming like you treat Excel. Instead of invention, discovery, and experimentation, you get expressions, behaviors, and pre-defined routines that you can mix and match, but never alter. So, is that wrong? I’m not sure. I teach people to think of code as tools because it gets them started thinking that code is interesting. They can do things with it. They are, without a doubt, horrible programmers, and they will continue to be horrible programmers hamstrung by their tools, for perhaps years, or in all likelihood, forever. They implement things they barely understand, leverage things they don’t appreciate, and run into mistakes that they can’t comprehend. And, I think, that’s probably ok. It’s not a failure of mental capability on their part or failure to communicate on the part of their professors: it’s simply not necessary for being a designer working with interaction.
A Tool For Thinking versus A Tool For Doing Things - thefactoryfactory
Full Stop, Silence, and Replace All
These experimental typography applications make word-processor style formatting effects available during casual web browsing. “Full Stop” hides all semantic content on the page, revealing only punctuation and negative space. “Silence” also hides all content, instead showing only empty boxes where text or images would ordinarily appear. “Replace All” indiscriminately substitutes enthusiasm for meaningful language.Looking forward to spending some time with this Ben.
The results convey a sense of visual and semantic structure that would not otherwise be easily discernible. The variability of results suggests the extent to which the web remains an evolving medium for design.
In a more polished form, I imagine these tools being used by students, designers, and developers as part of a structural exploration of type and information design.
That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace.
William Gibson, All Tommorrow’s Parties