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Today's Obsession: Things are Broken

I spend a lot of my daily design time looking at meta-conversations happening around our culture—mostly in the news—to try and decide what it means for the progress and meaning of my life and work. These meta-conversations are usually quiet and long, happening over periods of months or years, stringing together events one by...

Today's Obsession: Growing Art

I know I’ve been harping upon generative art for years now, but this is the essential reason I love it. When a generative system is well-designed, it’s a boundless fount of potential objects. Here’s a beautiful example of a lighting system called Hyphae, explained in gorgeous detail at Designboom, in which a lamp’s design...

Today's Obsession: Loving Ugly

It’s fascinating to me to watch new forms of design spring up from total accidents. The image above is an example of what I mean. Found it last night while my laundry was on spin cycle. Ugly cuss, ain’t it? This one’s astounding in that it’s in so wrong, and yet, totally right. It’s...

Today's Obsession: Whither Critique?

Tangentially related to yesterday’s thoughts about a failure of quality, I have also been noticing a failure of critique in the design community lately. Well, lately meaning “since social sites started popping up,” and most specifically on Twitter. The other day, The Morning News launched a redesign from Jason Santa Maria, and the web-design...

Today's Obsession: Bad Art

I just got back from a weekend in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, which scared the hell out of my Chicagoan eyes and mindset. If you watch the businesses go by from your rental car window, the entire economy seems predicated upon the spending of luxury money—but there’s no taste level to speak of. Nearly everything...

Today's Obsession: Cleaning up Commenting

I hate online commenting. Hate it. It’s a badly-designed feature on almost every publishing platform that gives no visual clarity to the conversation. Its linear nature and ease of availability incites People with Opinions to read headlines, scan first paragraphs, then head directly for the comment submission box, where their anger and sense of...

Today's Obsession: Impromptu Photo Studios

Hey, this is neat: over at Photojojo, there’s a blog entry that teaches you how to tape-and-bubblegum a tabletop photography studio together. I don’t know how many times I’ve had a project suddenly require photography after a budget’s been set, and can’t expand—so my only real answer is to shoot it myself and hope...

Today's Obsession: The First Animated Tattoo

I have always been confused about QR codes and wtf they’re even for. Don’t we already have bar codes, which are about the same thing? Well, yeah, sorta, but no. The advantages to QR codes over bar codes are aplenty: they hold a ton of information, and you can now create customized versions of...

Today's Obsession: Where are the Strong Bodies?

I have always hated that weak, powerless pose I see models strike when they’re trying to be “editorial”; the one where their hands are on their hips, shoulders bowed, and head extended. It’s particularly nasty when the model isn’t all that aware of her body. Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks they...

Today's Obsession: Writing and Curating

I’ve not seen a lot of new publishers talking about exactly how they’re moving their content production from a print workflow to the web, but once you do see it, you understand how things are changing for that community, and why it’s going so slowly: tools for collaboration are only recently beginning to spread...