A Voight-Kampff machine for uncovering infiltrators in the ranks.
Cameron contrasts Syd Mead with Frank Lloyd Wright.
Mastery of materials is a valuable thing to have. It will help you build what’s needed now and forge ahead into the near future. But vision is also valuable – it helps inspire and drive teams, and lays out a longer term future that can alter the path of humanity. What I take from the futurists and the realists is that there’s a place for every person and every process; what you need to do is find your own place, get comfortable, and own it.
In this terrific essay by Marina Benjamin on the scientific and mathematical quest for ever-more dimensions, she offers this lovely insight into the mind-altering effects that the art of Giotto and Uccello must’ve had on their medieval audience:
By consciously exploring geometric principles, these painters gradually learned how to construct images of objects in three-dimensional space. In the process, they reprogrammed European minds to see space in a Euclidean fashion.
In a very literal fashion, perspectival representation was a form of virtual reality that, like today’s VR games, aimed to give viewers the illusion that they had been transported into geometrically coherent and psychologically convincing other worlds.
Two decades redesigning/realigning the BBC News home page.
Dave has redesigned his site. Now it’s extra Dave-y.
Luke has been asking people to imagine ways of augmenting the world. Spimes are back, baby!
Always worth bearing in mind when some perspective is needed.
If it is possible that our future species will go on to create simulations of our civilisation forerunners (us), then it is far more likely that we are currently in such a simulation than not.
Lighthouse are putting on their Improving Reality conference again this year. It’s the day before dConstruct. Come to both!
Iain M.Banks and dConstruct, together at last.
The line-up for this year’s Improving Reality conference looks great (as always).
It’s the day before dConstruct so why not come on down to Brighton a day early and double your fun?
David gets physidigital.
Note’s from Joanne’s presentation at Improving Reality.
The opening keynote from Warren Ellis for this year’s Improving Reality. I’d like to walk into space with this man.
A great article by Hannah, focusing on the Long Web—it isn’t about the quantity of data you’re publishing; it’s the quality. This builds nicely on the article I linked to recently about digital scarcity.
Nik demos the neat interactions in Realmac’s latest piece of iOS software in this cute little video.
The process behind a responsive realignment …and the end result is very nice indeed.
Chloe’s redesign/realign is a lovely bit of HTML5 and CSS3 all wrapped up in a responsive layout.
One potential nightmare vision of the future …that looks kind of cool.
Matt encapsulates a lot of what I've been thinking about recently: the real-time web is all well and good, but let's not forsake the enormous potential for fulfilment in archives.
A few notes on the recent re-align of the Radio 4 website by Clearleft.