I was reading this interview with Clive Thompson in the NY Times last night and he’s got a new book out called “Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better.” The book touches upon the idea that technology isn’t making you dumb, it’s actually supplementing the way our brains already work.
You talk a lot about memory in your book. Are we augmenting our memories with computers, or are we replacing them?
I would say we are augmenting them. When I started the book I was genuinely worried that I was losing my memory to Google, but the more I studied the way that everyday memory works, the more I realized how much we already rely on other outside sources — books, Post-it notes, etc. — but also other people to remember things. We are social thinkers, and we are also social rememberers, we use our co-workers, our partners and our friends to help us retrieve the details about things that they they are better at remembering than we are. And they’ve used us in the same way. Memory has always been social. Now we’re using search engines and computers to augment our memories, too.
The interview was good enough to get me to purchase the book, really looking forward to reading this. And how great is that cover? Simple but effective.
One of the absolute, very first wallpapers ever done for The Desktop Wallpaper Project was by my friend and artistic hero, Tim Biskup. At the time I didn’t know him but I’d been obsessed with his artwork since his early collaborations with San Francisco based lifestyle brand Gama-Go. When I moved to Los Angeles in 2005 I used to visit his BisPop Gallery in Pasadena as well, which was filled with all kinds of amazing works. So getting him to do another wallpaper for the site is a true treat for me, and hopefully for you as well.
Starting Saturday, September 28 he has a show at the Martha Otero Gallery simply called Charge, a collection of new paintings. From what he’s told me the scale of these paintings are gigantic, larger than he’s ever done. And we’ve got one as a wallpaper. This piece is called A Subtle Advertisement For Mind-Numbing Pain, a massive piece measuring out at 12 x 8 feet. I love that it combines everything I love about Tim’s work in one giant piece. It also makes for a great iPhone wallpaper!
Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper.
Digging through Flickr the other day I came across the art of Tellas, a street artist from Italy. What I love about his work is the natural feeling of his work, which looks to be inspired by pieces of wood, leaves, flocks of birds or schools of fish, all sorts of things. A lot of street art is quite vibrant and in your face but these pieces feel complimentary to the urban environment. You can see more photos of his work below.
The term Independent Publisher is barely vast enough to cover the amount of work and different thinking caps you need to put on to be one. In the day of the ‘Print is dead’ generation publishers are increasingly taking more and more control of their end product ensuring that it’s not just a magazine you’re picking up but rather an experience and escape from the real world – not to mention the digital world. No other publication embodies this more than the perfectly put together children’s magazine Anorak.
Since it’s inaugural issue in 2006 it has been able to capture the hearts of children before they are consumed by technology and set free the square eyes of adults after they’ve lost their sense of childish abandon. It’s a magazine that’s had incredible success and after 29 issues (and not to mention numerous other projects) it’s still going strong. I spoke to Founder and Editor Cathy Olmedillas about her start with Anorak Magazine ahead of the release of their BIG BOOK OF ANORAK, an annual 224 page compendium of stories, activities and educational pieces that ran in the early (and now sold out) editions of Anorak.
I know all of you guys are playing Grand Theft Auto V and have been absolutely loving it. One of the things that we are obsessed with is that it takes place in fictional city Los Santos, a city not-so-loosely based on Los Angeles and related Southern California cities. Of course we couldn’t help but point out that a ton of places in the game are all real and amazingly represented in the game. Thus, we did a little Los Angeles, I’m Yours post to point out a few landmarks and funny places that you should know about in the game. If anything, use the post as a Los Santos tour of Los Angeles.
You can see our full list of faux-cations by clicking here.
Captured entirely in camera. That’s the key thing to remember while watching this short film from Bot & Dolly (with help from GMUNK) simply titled Box. This in my opinion is a great example of truly contemporary art. A fusion of technology, Op Art, and a choreographed stage performance, the complexity of this video is truly incredible.
With over 200 million people updating to iOS 7 already, clearly there’s a demand for cool backgrounds to go on their iPhone or iPad. Enter BLRRR, a gallery of candy colored images that work great on iOS 7 devices (and which I currently have as my iPhone home screen background). It was put together by Enormous, the folks who created the Blur app which allows you to make your own cool backgrounds. Lots to choose from, go wild.
The notebook market over the last 10 years certainly has boomed. Brands like Moleskine lead the way while Field Notes has certainly brought mainstream popularity for their simplistic, charming design. But the folks behind Baron Fig think there’s still room in the market for a better notebook.