Sep 26, 2006

I recommend a visit to Pittsburgh if you ever get the chance. I was born there and returned a few years ago (twice, actually) to find that it's a very pleasant town. Part of the reason is the presence of two fine museums, the Warhol and the Carnegie Museum of Art. You can hit them both in a day if you start early, and it's well worth it.

Failing that chance, though, the Carnegie has labored for the past four years or so on a project of getting their entire collection online. The fruits of that labor can be glimpsed by clicking here. A lot of the stuff didn't make it due to copyright issues, but there's still plenty to see. In particular they have a massive collection of photographs from Teenie Harris, which is pretty astounding (particularly some of the baseball pictures). It's no substitute for seeing art in person, but it's a lot better than not seeing it at all.
If you like the Simpsons, you'll love this. Catch it while you can.

Sep 23, 2006

I don't know how I got there, search led to another and so on, until I was finding out what I could about Rolling Thunder.

This was one of my many arcade obessions as a kid and someday, when I'm wealthy, I will own them all and recreate the 80s/90s mall arcade aesthetic within my estate.
Tom Scocca -- who used to be a Baltimore guy (City Paper) -- co-wrote this interesting piece for the New York Observer about subtle changes in the design of the Times.

At the end, Times design director Tom Bodkin makes a particularly pithy point: "I think a lot of design is to address subconscious issues. Even though people might not notice, they might recognize it subconsciously."

I have a feeling most of you reading this would consider that a fairly obvious statement, but think about it a little harder. Think about things that you notice, and with repetition take for granted, that others just accept. Then flip it. Unearthing intent and effect by deconstructing design never gets old. Not for me, anyway.

-- a refreshingly straight-ahead take on the still-growing controversy surrounding media accessibility and its effect on "professional" creative folk.

-- if you haven't seen it yet, Slate published a graphic novel-esque rendition of 9/11 by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon. Worth a look for sure.

-- Does my RSS feed work?

Sep 18, 2006

I like the happy accidents that can happen when you use technology that's inherently limited and unreliable. Such is the case with this pic from my camera phone.
Interesting profile of Jonathan Ive, the man at the top of Apple's design division. Can you think of another single individual who has had that much influence, direct and indirect, on the way our world looks and works?

Sep 11, 2006

There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning. And that, I think, was the handle - that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting - on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave.

So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high water mark - that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.