Banksy on Advertising
“People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are “The Advertisers” and they are laughing at you.
You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.”
The most popular misconception about the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (or any other InDesign-Plugin resulting in an iPad application):
What you create is not an app. You make content that is displayed by another app. You cannot break out of that. This gives you great possibilites for editorial content, if you fancy other things, consider other tools.
This is an absolutely fantastic piece from Adam Curtis about Greece.
He draws reference to a seven year period, starting in 1967, when the country was ruled by a dictatorship - a bunch of paranoid, autocratic colonels no less.
They corrupted society, arrested, tortured and murdered countless Greeks.
The People fought back, with incredible bravery, to inform future generations of the importance of democracy.
The BBC Documentary made in 1974, Greece - The Seven Black Years, is an engrossing and moving look at the dichotomy of human endeavor.
Further reading: Wikipedia
All Watched Over
by Machines of Loving Grace
I’d like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammals and computers
live together in mutually
like pure water
touching clear sky.
I like to think
(right now, please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.
I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.
“Designers have the ability to visualize what has never been.” As Bruce Nussbaum said, “Many firms are plagued by articulate and persuasive ‘smart talkers’ who sound good in meetings but get bogged down in abstract complexities.” Good designers are good at what I call inspirational tangibility, “making it real,” whether it be by concretizing with a sketch what would otherwise be abstract thoughts or so many post-its in a meeting, enabling large amounts of complex data to be understood and absorbed quickly with a diagram,