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June 15 2017

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
— John Muir (I like to pair this quote with one from Ta-Nehisi Coates.)
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“The Conlang Flag, a symbol of language construction created by subscribers to the CONLANG mailing list which represents the Tower of Babel against a rising sun.” —Wikipedia entry for constructed language

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To follow up on a previous post: Pulp Librarian shares this image and writes, “As many have asked… Jean Giraud (aka Moebius) did the box art for the Matra Hachetter Alice personal computer (a TRS-80 clone from France)”

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architectureofdoom:

Montessori School, Delft, Herman Hertzberger, 1960-66

The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious, one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.
James Baldwin
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Graphic Textile Project, Aya Kawabata

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1948 San Francisco trafficways plan”:

This comes from “A Report to the City Planning Commission on a Transportation Plan for San Francisco”, published in 1948.

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June 14 2017

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=Joy=, Anji Play (on Instagram):

Without joy, play can not possibly be true play. Joy is the outcome of self-determined participation in play, self-adjustment of the difficulty of play and continuous reflection. A standard that Anji Play workers use to assess the content of each day is whether the child has achieved a state of joy in their activities. In their experience of joy, the child can be quiet or focused, they can be raucous or expressive…joy is the state of mind that nourishes the life of the child. =喜悦=

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another book on BASIC (via Pulp Librarian)

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a book from my middle school years (via Pulp Librarian)

May 30 2017

my summer plans: on-the-nose-ness, immaterial tactility, organized whimsey, boredom, new feelings
Paul Soulellis

May 29 2017

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Redesigning Android Emoji”:

Learning from past experience, a central theme of our redesign had to be a strong design system that made it easy to create an easily identifiable emoji style. In addition to a unified style, the system had to help us stay consistent and vibrant as new emoji were introduced in the future.

By formalizing the shape, grid, representation, and color, we were able to unify the set while retaining expressiveness and character. By creating a strong design system we also addressed a major shortcoming in our old style, and we enabled the emoji to be created by more than one illustrator while remaining consistent, legible, understandable, and representative in any context.

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Yep, we did it. We said goodbye to the blobs. We moved away from the asymmetric and slightly dimensional shape of the container to an easily scannable squishy circle, relying on bold color, purposeful asymmetry — such as the new mind-blown emoji or the prop-wearing cowboy emoji — and loud facial features to convey emotion.

We also spent a long, long time making sure that we addressed cross-platform emotional consistency. Because one of our main goals with the redesign was to avoid confusion or miscommunication across platforms, we wanted to assure the user that when they sent an emoji to a friend, the message was clearly communicated regardless of whether they are on iOS, Windows, Samsung, or any other platform.

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Hayati: A smartphone as a medium to express one’s own identity”:

Hayati, “my life” in Arabic, is an intimate photographic diary created entirely on a smartphone by Karim El Maktafi, in which the author reflects on his own identity as an Italian born from Moroccan parents. The photographer chose a smartphone, a medium he considers less intrusive than a camera. With this tool he creates suspended, enigmatic images that capture the sense of uncertainty, doubt and disorientation of those who live between two seemingly incompatible realities. Embracing a single status is not easy; feeling like an odd cultural hybrid happens often. Yet, while trying to define this identity, one understands the advantage of “standing on a doorstep”. One can decide who to be or where to belong, or else create new ties, keeping everything learnt along the path: more languages, more cultural taboos and references, more prohibitions to withstand and explain. Hayati explores some of these realities, using the photographer’s own life, family and friends as a case study, sometimes concealing their faces to respect their wish for privacy.

Born in Desenzano del Garda, Karim El Maktafi graduated from the Italian Institute of Photography in Milan in 2013. He has collaborated with several photographers in various fields and has then explored the concept of identity through reportages and portraits. His work has been presented in exhibitions such as the Brescia Photo Festival, the Festival of Ethical Photography, and YES Collective in Auckland. Hayati was realised between 2016 and 2017, during El Maktafi’s residency at Fabrica. It was awarded the PHM 2017 Grant – New Generation Prize, and is shortlisted for the CAP Prize 2017 – Contemporary African Photography Prize.

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Glen Macdonald, “The Myth of a Desert Metropolis: Los Angeles was not built in a desert, but are we making it one?”:

But are we turning the city into a desert? To see, let’s get a view from on high, above the city, from a satellite orbiting Earth, which gathered data to create an image while I was writing this piece. What has Los Angeles become since the pastoral eighteenth and nineteenth century views we encountered earlier?

Now we see the gray tones of our metropolitan area blanketing the entire Los Angeles basin, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley to the north, and Inland Empire to the east. The San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains, which seem so imposing from the ground and separate us from the true desert to the east, appear like tiny green islands in a sea of city and desert. Indeed, because it now veritably merges with Palmdale, Lancaster, Victorville, and Palm Springs, it is the growth of the megacity that encroaches upon the Mojave Desert and not vice versa. The cities merge physically and in terms of the daily flows of people, energy, and commerce. Taken as a whole, Greater Los Angeles has grown from its Mediterranean core outward and has merged with the true deserts to the east. The “fertile vales” that once separated city from desert are no more. This image shows a huge city that blends in with vast deserts to the north and east.

That is not all. Increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases, to which Los Angeles has contributed directly, threaten to bring the true desert climate closer to the city’s core. A recent projection of the impacts of climate change shows the city of Los Angeles warming by some 3 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit by the middle of this century, while foothill, mountain, and desert regions could warm even more.[20] At the same time, other models suggest that precipitation patterns are likely to change in ways that will reduce the snowpack in our mountains and diminish our water supply. The result is likely to be increasing general aridity in the Southwest, Southern California, and the Los Angeles region coupled with longer droughts that will tax an already stressed water system.[21] Neither the Sierra Nevada nor the Colorado River are likely to be able to provide the imported water to which we have become accustomed. Unfortunately, the phrase “desert city” could soon accurately describe Los Angeles. As we move further into the twenty-first century, not only are the outer boundaries of the Los Angeles megacity sprawling into the true desert, we are also bringing the desert climate inexorably closer to the heart of the founding plaza of El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula.

May 28 2017

The CalArts Story, via East of Borneo, which adds:

Disney produced this amazing video in the 1960s as a promo for the yet-to-be-built CalArts. The squeaky clean, utopian vision of tomorrow’s art school doesn’t disappoint.

Find more on CalArts in my bookmarks.

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Jane Jacobs (via Alexandra Lange):

Little childen in genuinely rural or in wilderness surroundings, he pointed out, are inundated with a rich diversity of natural details during their formative years. So are little children brough up amid richly diverse streets of cities and towns where many kinds of activities and sights come to their attention. But in the planned city and suburban precinct, he said, especially those of larger scale, small children are depived of diverse everyday visual impressions as few children anywhere have been deprived before.

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“View of California from space today” Drew Tuma (on 30 April 2017)

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“A view of San Francisco’s Richmond District” —California Today’s caption for this Adam Derewecki photo (It’s more than just the Richmond District, which is little more than a blur in the back.)

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Front cover design by Valentina Kulagina entitled 1st of May in ‘Krasnaya niva’ magazine, 1930, Ne boltai! Collection (via The Design Museum)

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