I was looking again at the fascinating image archives of the Wellcome Collection and saw this:
It’s what DNA sequences look like. It’s the work of the Human Genome Project.
It reminded me how similar digital glitches look:
I wonder if that’s tech trying to show us it’s human side, showing us what it’s made of. Sort of sweet. I like it when tech reveals a human in the machine.
These are brilliant. Accessible, witty, thoughtful and eminently listenable. Perry is a much needed babel fish to the art world’s ‘International Art English’. Listen here while you can.
In the early 2000s, the mobile phone removed the watch from the wrists of a generation who became accustomed to using the integrated clock function on their devices instead.
In the mid 2010s tech companies (Sony, Samsung, and much rumoured Nokia and Apple…?) are trying to resurrect a behaviour their devices superseded.
And maybe that’s my problem with smart watches and glasses – they feel a little clunky, superfluous perhaps – adhoc solutions, uncomfortable attachments. I don’t doubt that digital devices will continue to integrate more seamlessly into our lives and that wearables seem like the logical extension, augmenting the body to enhance, streamline or aggregate experiences, but I wonder whether these devices can convince consumers and can yet resonate with human behaviours.
Just something I noticed and pondered, then stumbled across this, which is a nice perspective by Dan Southern on the subject.
There’s a bit of a buzz around Nokia’s decision to openly release the Lumia design files for those of us who fancy a tinker (and have a 3D printer) to create our own personalised cases. It’s a nice nod back to the classic Nokia 5100 changeable covers of the 90s.
But what I really like is not necessarily the open invitation to get creative, but the opportunity to fix broken objects and let them live a little longer. Teenager Engineering were quick off the mark to release the files for replacement parts for their OP-1 users last year. This is smart thinking.
OP-1 Spare parts
For once, I lust after something that’s entirely free – free and beautiful. Sennep’s Bus o’ Clock app takes the data from TfL (made available by London Datastore) to indicate bus arrival times across the network. Bus Checker and others have been doing this for months I hear you groan. Not like this. BOC is functional AND a joy to use AND more intuitive with its circular clock face. Just NICE.
Via David Bennett, Visuelle.
I love the work of Berg – I love the little printer, the SVK comic – I love the way they communicate abstract digital ideas in the real world, in things, in videos of things in the real world – a bit like looking at a sketchbook.
I happened across their ‘sketches’ for Google – which interpret how Google would behave in the real world – on the FastCo site. Always lovely, always worth a watch and always a beautiful blend of digi-analogue dialogue.
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