Friday, February 29, 2008

Gleefully drowning in information

Design and the Elastic Mind

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The exhibit up at MoMA now. It's an amazingly interesting show--things that are humorous, challenging, and just plain cute; I mean smart. Check it out, it's up through May 12. The online exhibit's pretty great, too.

In the past few decades, individuals have experienced dramatic changes in some of the most established dimensions of human life: time, space, matter, and individuality. Working across several time zones, traveling with relative ease between satellite maps and nanoscale images, gleefully drowning in information, acting fast in order to preserve some slow downtime, people cope daily with dozens of changes in scale. Minds adapt and acquire enough elasticity to be able to synthesize such abundance. One of design's most fundamental tasks is to stand between revolutions and life, and to help people deal with change. Designers have coped with these displacements by contributing thoughtful concepts that can provide guidance and ease as science and technology evolve. Several of them—the Mosaic graphic user's interface for the Internet, for instance—have truly changed the world. Design and the Elastic Mind is a survey of the latest developments in the field.

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riodjomama said...

i really really really want to go to the MoMA asap.
who's down?

The Kids Room said...

yeah who's down? I'll get my tankchair.