Some links I thought worth reading the past few days
On how blockchain attempts to create fake scarcity in the digital realm. And why banks etc therefore are all over it: On scarcity and the blockchain by Jaap-Henk Hoepman
Doc Searl’s has consistently good blogposts about the adtech business, and how it is detrimental to publishers and citizens alike. In this blogpost he sees hope for publishing. His lists on adverts and ad tech I think should be on all our minds: Is this a turning point for publishing?
In my information routines offline figures prominently, but it usually doesn’t in my tools. There is a movement to put offline front and center as design principle it turns out: Designing Offline-First Web Apps
Hoodie is a backendless tool for building webapps, with a offline first starting point: hood.ie intro
Haven’t tested it yet, but this type of glue we need much more of, to reduce the cost of leaving silos, and to allow people to walk several walled gardens at the same time as a precursor to that: Granary
Heatherwick Studio designed the Olympic flame for the London 2012 Olympics.
Thomas Heatherwick graduated in 1994 and has gone on to do some awe inspiring work, ranging from furniture design to architecture to full urban planning.
What is fascinating to see from this exhibit is how key elements are his desire to incorporate naturally occurring phenomena, use the context the finished project will be in, (rediscover) authentic craftmanship, as well as let materials co-determine designs based on their behavior or responses to e.g. gravity, heating or pressure.
This expresses itself in things like:
prototypes are not just mock-ups but fully functional miniature versions of the final solution, including the building processes needed for the final construct
lots of experiments to find new production methods, and ways to shape materials
no outsourcing of model making: all models are made in-house and become part of the design process. Holding objects in your hands changes your thinking. “It helps to create a more intuitive design process”
truly multidisciplinary teams, and working closely with clients and external craftsmen throughout the process
methods, packaging, process and work forms all express the same values
It results in truly amazing projects, which Heatherwick self categorizes under ‘Making’.
It was apparent from the exhibit: a lot of the exhibits had undergone some work with laser cutters. Its typical smell was quite noticeable if you came closer to the displays.
Very inspiring, as it showed me how design, and yes, beauty can be integral part of making. Lots to think about, lots to digest.