Archive for April, 2009

Graffiti Research in Action

Update: These guys are taking home awards left and right and finally got a website together too: http://www.eyewriter.org
Here’s the situation: Tempt One, the legendary writer has been hospitalized for the past two years with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease). The muscular atrophy has taken away his ability to write graffiti. Enter the Graffiti Research Lab (and good friends) James Powderly, Evan Roth and Theo Watson and Zachary Lieberman. They were asked to come to Venice, California and find a way to use eye-tracking software (something I remember from James’ thesis project back at ITP) and their L.A.S.E.R tag tools to make the impossible possible again. When they decided to join this project they had little idea if it would actually work, but they worked hard and fast. Theo recently did a guest lecture in my class at the HvA in Amsterdam and shared a bit about the project and the creative technology behind it: openFrameworks. Day #8: Introductions from Evan Roth on Vimeo. More Documentation Here: http://fffff.at/tag/tempt1/ Project was facilitated by The Ebeling Group.

The future of publishing has been sorted.

A few weeks ago, I was very excited to download the NPR app on my iphone. Finally on demand radio and information on my phone – giving me perspective and news when and where I wanted it. Plus, I have always had a better time absorbing information when it came through sound. Don’t get me wrong, I love to read, but my recall is much better if I’ve heard something. Although I missed his talk at Pecha Kucha NY, I am so glad I stumbled upon this post by Michael Surtees from his Design Notes blog. He speaks about testing out the new Economist audio version and canceling his subscription to the New York Times print version. So if radio is the new newspaper and the phone is the new radio and the internet is the new television – what is the new internet?