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Against Generations and Dreams Through a Lens

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of November 27th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Ideas

Against Generations: Generational thinking is seductive and confirms preconceived prejudices, but it’s a bogus way to understand the world.

The Uneasy Blurring Of Work And Play: In an age where software encircles not only us but also the material world, are we becoming confused about what it means to play, to take something seriously, and to bridge between the two?

Cult Of One: In the aftermath of the U.S. election, it is more difficult than ever to deny that we operate at least on some level as characters caught up in enacting versions of ourselves in myths.

Cameras, Ecommerce And Machine Learning: When we can turn images into data, we’ll find lots of sets of images that we never really thought of as data before, and lots of problems that didn’t look like image recognition problems.

How Apple Helped Democratize Typography: In 1989, Apple hired Thomas Rickner to do something revolutionary: put print-quality typefaces on every computer.

Products

RiTa: Designed to support the creation of new works of computational literature, the RiTa library provides tools for artists and writers working with natural language in programmable media.

Crowdwork: The project tackles this concept in three venues: crowdwork as a method of payment, public crowdwork stations, and possible devices to request crowdwork.

Call To Action: Easily find and call your Congressional representative and have your voice heard!

Visuals

Dreams Through A Lens: Surrealism wasn’t just explored in paint – photographers successfully exploited or invented techniques to depict its dizzyingly heightened version of life

Oskar Hansen And His Concept Of Variable Architecture: Hansen’s Open Form was a mode of philosophy and an attitude which engaged the user/recipient in the process of creating and adjusting works of art to their own needs.

Is Weaving An Ancient Digital Art?: While traditional craft and computer coding may appear to be miles apart, they both represent our continued attempt to capture and encode information.


Levi Brooks is the CEO/Co-founder of Use All Five.
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