Obsessions: May 24, 2010

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Hipsterism, commoditized

In the ongoing Antarctic marriage between Apple and Adobe (you know, two land masses connected by an ice bridge), Adobe has given a little room, but in a smart way. If you’ve just upgraded to CS5, open any of the apps and under your help menu, select “check for updates.” You’ll see that there’s a handy little piece of code waiting for your Dreamweaver installation: support for CSS3 and HTML5. Rather than forcing Flash upon us, Adobe is wisely letting us choose for ourselves.

Where are all the designers speaking out against BP? Seriously. This is all I’ve found, and it’s saaaaaad. The thoughts are garbled, the concepts are unresolved, and it freaks me out how unclear it all is. This satirical Twitter feed is much more resolved in tone.

Here’s an essay at Generation Bubble fueling my ongoing and building suspicion that design is actually hurting the world through its implementations within the tenets of capitalism. This essay discusses the West’s exploitation of choice: shopping is freedom—market freedom equals choice equals freedom of spirit.

Here’s a truer form of displaying your shopping prowess: pay an artist to add to your collection. These beautiful blackwork tattoos from artist Thomas Hooper are by far the most unique I’ve seen in a while, a departure from the usual collections we see of old-fashioned flash art or tribal armbands. Don’t click if you can’t handle nudity.

Speaking of the freedom to shop combining itself with identity, here’s a great article on what it means to be an actual hipster versus the commoditized definition we see wandering all over the world.