Material Ecology

One of my friends from home recently had Neri Oxman as a guest lecturer and told me to look her up. Oxman is an incredibly cool architect/designer/academic who “conducts research at the intersection of computational design, digital fabrication, materials science and synthetic biology.” She received her PhD in Design Computation as a Presidential Fellow at MIT…

Guarded View

A week or so ago in class, a gallery was mentioned where the guards’ favorite art pieces were handed out to gallery-goers (or something similar). This reminded me of a sculpture I saw at the Whitney about museum guards that really made me think and also made me feel pretty guilty. The object label is…

The Waldo Moment

I recently started watching some episodes of Black Mirror, which is a show on Netflix where each episode takes place in a different world and explores some aspect of the relationship between technology and society. The way each world is constructed and designed is so detailed and thoughtful, which makes the stories even more disquieting….

LinePosters

When I visited Chelsea Market a while ago, I saw these posters that were graphic interpretations of city transit systems. They’re really cool and say a lot about the organization/flow of different cities. The blurb on their website describes their work as “a collaboration between a Graphic Designer and Engineer. Based in Brooklyn, NY Line Posters is…

Partisan Political Blog Interaction

The other week in lecture, we were learning about graph theory, and there was a really cool graph image on one of the slides. I looked into where it came from, and found this academic paper: http://www.maths.tcd.ie/~mnl/store/AdamicGlance2004a.pdf. Adamic and Glance, who conducted the study, tracked the articles of many political blogs and tracked how many times…

A Humument

A new edition of Tom Phillip’s “A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel” is being released at the end of the month. “A Humument” was originally “A Human Document” by W.H. Mallock, but Phillips transformed all 400 pages of the original text through collage, painting, drawing, and writing. The result is incredibly beautiful, and the modified text is poetic. More…

Typography Insight for Hololens

Microsoft is developing Hololens, the first self-contained, holographic computer that will enable users to interact high definition holograms in mixed reality. The Hololens has super cool implications for all designers/builders because they will be able to interact with digital designs as physicals objects and manipulate their designs in 3D space. One cool application already is something…

HONY

I’ve always loved seeing Humans of New York posts on my newsfeed because the photos are beautiful, and the people are all wonderfully thoughtful and intelligent while being from super diverse backgrounds. The blog is a place for optimism, as it showcases the best parts of people and regularly raises money for causes through community…

Can Artificial Intelligence Create Art?

Many researchers are trying to see if artificial intelligence can create art. Developers at Google using machine learning to create a program that when given a short tune can create an original song based on the input. An example of what the program can currently do can be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iNhCGbgYUc Another artist/coder, Harold Cohen, has…

NASA Artist Collaboration

NASA is collaborating with artist and photojournalist  Justin Guariglia in an attempt to create compelling images that reflect the impacts of climate change. Guarigila will join NASA on a Greenland mission and a multitude of low altitude flights. NASA hopes that art/photos will be able to more effectively communicate the harms of climate change to…

Maps as Art

After last week’s brief discussion about mapping in class, I’ve thought more about the concept of a map and the significance in its creation. Originally, I considered maps to be a simple representation of roads, cities, countries, etc, a tool to get from one place to another. However, a map can be more generally a representation of…