Thinking

Kinfolk Design

The fist time I grabbed a Kinfolk, it was to take a look at what was hidden under a promising cover. It was nice, appealing and smooth but to be honest, its the content was…

The subjectivity of maps

When we’re young, we unconsciously tend to look for a role model. Is nothing that we are taught to do. Despite that, figuring out our path is often a hassle, that’s maybe why there…

The Overview Effect

Printed encyclopaedias as dusty Atlas books are slowly disappearing, replaced by digital equivalent. Wikipedia and Google are now the two leading services used when you need to know something. Soon, thanks to the data,…

Data and the stories we tell

“A piece of data on it’s own, the data on it’s own, is going to do very little. I guess I look at it as a starting point, and once you have that, you…

Measuring: This much, That much, How much?

Tokyo is recently holding an exhibition about measurement – “Measuring: This much, That much, How much?“. A common and banal activity where international standards have been around for only 250 years. Despite all our…

The truthfulness of lies

“We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby…

Technology & Laziness

It is a profoundly erroneous truism, repeated by all copy-books and by eminent people when they are making speeches, that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing. The precise…

The School of Life

I stumbled upon the youtube channel of  The School of Life. A school founded by the philosopherAlain de Botton and Sophie Howarth in 2008. They constantly organise different courses and events about big and small questions. I…

Levels of innovation

“Most people prefer to look at paintings with more traditional and realistic depictions. It seems to take some level of expertise to appreciate more abstract and conceptual stuff. This is true of product design…

Choosing technology

“I think we’re just going to where we were before. Small screens are getting bigger, big screens are getting smaller and know what? It’s going to end up looking like a book. We found…

Notion of time

“One day, someone asked me how long it took me to make one of my paintings. I’m 57 years old and it took me all my life to do it.” Mark Rothko Our relation…

Natural patterns

Take your finger and draw this line. Summer, fall, winter, spring,noon, dusk, dark, dawn. Have you ever seen those stratus clouds that go in parallel stripes across the sky? Did you know that’s a…

The task of Art

“The task of art is to transform what is continuously happening to us, to transform all these things into symbols, into music, into something which can last in man’s memory” Jose Luis Borges These…

The process of observation

“Before cameras, educated, well-to-do travellers had learned to sketch so that they could draw what they saw on their trips, in the same way, that before phonograph recordings, bourgeois families listened to music by…

Art as a variable memory

“Art on one level already may be a state of mind. Of course it is first of all a physical object with which we interact in the moment. But after we have seen a…