Unfolding a bill.
As someone who thinks everything is an act of design and can benefit from the perspective of a designer, I find it hard to explain any one thing’s relevance to the field of design. It seems self-serving. Shouldn’t I be explaining how design is relevant to said thing and not the other way around? I think I’m tired of writings to designers about design. If I wanted to be an enclosed subculture, I would have continued to pursue being an artist.
Rirkrit Tiravanija, untitled 2006 (pavilion, table and puzzle) , 2006
Walker Art Center
In Tiravanija’s untitled 2006 installation, visitors are welcome to gather at a picnic table to assemble an expansive puzzle depicting Eugène Delacroix’s 1830 masterpiece, Liberty Leading the People. A pavilionlike structure, a replica of one designed by Jean Prouvé for use in French colonial Africa, completes a tableau that presents an amusing and ironic set of juxtapositions.
Part 2 of a 2 part article on in-house design that triggered a gentle chorus of amens in my in-house designing soul, ever stuck between idealism and practicality.
There’s this Pollyannaish notion that the most important thing to do when working together is stay positive and get along, to not hurt anyone’s feelings…Well, that’s just wrong. Maybe debate is going to be less pleasant, but it will always be more productive. True creativity requires some trade-offs.
— Charlan Nemeth
Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Berkele
Tracks your activity and translates it into NikeFuel. You can quantify your activity, track steps and calories, and set goals for yourself each day. Pretty cool.
So… I’m trying not to buy every cool thing I see, but this is pretty awesome.
I kind of need a computer bag. Most really suck. This one’s not bad.
Kipling Digiset Laptop Case
This enemy of ours is not just Wall Street, it’s the whole culture. It’s a way of looking at us and valuing ourselves in each other. And how you are going to move beyond challenging Wall Street … how you’re going to move to become part of the solution…
You begin with a demonstration. You begin with a protest. But you have to move on from there, and that’s what I see happening now with [the Metamovement]. The people are rightfully, righteously protesting the corporations and the domination of the culture by the corporations and the suffering that that is inducing. But out of the protests they have to move to another stage.
You have to begin doing something that doesn’t depend on exposing the “enemy”. You have to begin becoming the solution yourself instead of just protesting and challenging the enemy. We need people to be reinventing the institutions in our society: Reinventing work, so that we don’t think that having a job and being able to pay the bills is what being a human being is all about. And reinventing education, so that our young people are able to see themselves as part of the rebuilding of our society.
So many of the institutions of our society need reinventing, need re-thinking, and you [the Metamovement] need to do that. You cannot be satisfied with rebelling. You have to be aware that we are at one of the turning points in history where we need revolution, and revolution means reinventing culture.
Grace Lee Boggs