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literaryartifacts:

Essay in the form of an eBay listing: from "As Is" by Brian Oliu, at Booth: A Journal

Item Defects: In between the sixth and seventh rib lies the item’s heart, which will not be functional at the point of sale.  The result of this is likely to be congestive heart failure (ICD-10: I50.0), occurring because of the inability to produce enough blood to cause the seller to function correctly.  Multiple times a day, the seller will feel as if his heart is about to cease pumping blood, his veins and aortas filling up with air, formulating a carbon dioxide spider.  These moments come and go, and happen often in stale bars with sticky floors and while sitting alone at his desk.  The seller will clutch at his chest, say the first nine words ‘Our Father, who art in heaven, hallow be thy…’ and collapse.  It was so strange one minute he was standing sitting at the bar at his desk and the next second moment he was on the floor floor and he was gone dead.  BRIAN OLIU is so fat that he’s going to contract heart disease and die out of complications from obesity.  The morning after, everyone will gather at his former house, and someone will bring Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins (the official food of mourning), and another person will laugh and say “Brian always said that Munchkins were the official food of mourning,” and there will be some wince-smiles, and people will no longer feel guilty about eating fried dough and powdered sugar in the at the wake of such a tremendous fall.  Well I can’t say I was shocked.”

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"The reason to have a design firm is to have lunch every day with interesting people"

- attributed to Jay Doblin
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thoughts on the future of learning

thoughtyoushouldseethis:

"Where will learning be? Will we still consume degrees? Will we make learning on demand? Will we have the power to tailor learning to individual needs, not just the speed of learning but also what we learn? How much of a difference will this make? Can we make learning truly addictive the same way…

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"If someone has been escaping reality, I don’t expect him to dig my music."

- Charles Mingus
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What I hope for you:

That you combine that edgy mixture of self-confidence and doubt.

That you have enough self-confidence to try new things.

That you have enough self doubt to question.

That you think of technology as a verb, not a noun; it is subtle but important difference.

That you remember the issues are usually not technical.

That you create opportunities to improvise.

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- Facebook’s Margaret Stewart remembers ITP’s Red Burns, who used to welcome students with a list of things she wanted them to know… and things she hoped for them. Pretty lovely and a salient message for us all. (via thoughtyoushouldseethis)
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Projection mapping+industrial robots=sinister magic.

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Endless Stair :: THE LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL

Real-world Escher, kind of, in London.

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Architects'€™ Renderings as a Weapon in Real Estate

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literaryartifacts:

"Even if you tried to extinguish your personality, what is left in the story will reflect it, perhaps by its negation. Our lives provide the bricks from which we build these cathedrals."

from a great interview with Aleksander Hemon, at Guernica.

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Interesting work from Smart Design Barcelona on designing effective microinteractions.