So much of vampyroteuthic behavior reveals it to be a lovable and loving being. An examination of our society, however, reveals hardly any evidence of human lovability. If anything, the following is true: For the vampyroteuthis, it is precisely love, the recognition of others [...] The natural state [of humans] on the contrary, is defined by universal hatred, by the universal struggle for survival — one against all. By overcoming its animality, therefore, the vampyroteuthis learns to hate; by overcoming ours, we learn to love.
— Vilém Flusser
It’s a square and if it’s not a square it might be a rectangle. The shape hoarding continues…
Circles are everywhere. One can hardly take more than a few steps down the sidewalk without walking over, under or past them. Whether perfectly round or more than a little craggy, this shape is a continual reminder that everything in life will eventually come full circle.
Collect them while you can.
Bruno Munari in Design as Art – Chapter 1: Designers as Stylists
In the early days of rationalism it used to be said that an object was beautiful in so far as it was functional, and only the most practical functions were taken into account.
I love to travel.
Feet at Jamaica Station, the largest transit hub on Long Island and one of the busiest railroad stations in the country with over 200,000 daily passengers
My dad spent a decent portion of his career traveling to interesting places. At the end of every one of his trips, my brother and I would wait with gleeful anticipation to see what exciting souvenir he had brought home for us.
Night at Madison Square Garden, above Penn Station in NYC
Because of that, it’s no surprise that my dream is to live on a different continent in a country that doesn’t speak English at some point in my life. Until then, I’ll give you feet pictures from my domestic travels.
Feet taking a break in Maryland.
My Feet series will introduce you to the places my feet go and other feet they meet. Some people take pictures of food. I take pictures of feet. There’s more to come. Enjoy.
I love public transportation. Yes it’s dirty and unreliable, but the true gems of public transit are the people. Recently, I started cataloguing some of the amazing things I overhear. Its fun already, isn’t it?
As I sat in the (very public) Minneapolis-St Paul airport waiting on a flight to LA, I felt like there couldn’t be a more appropriate place to post my third installment of Things I Hear on Muni. Unfortunately, the free wifi didn’t agree.
“I’m gon’ make me some key earrings!” exclaimed a woman who gleefully discovered a set of lost keys.
It was a little more than a month ago that I purchased my ticket to TYPO on a whim. Yep. Lots of money out the door for a design conference. But as my husband said (read: justified the purchase to me after experiencing a spell of buyer’s remorse) “We live in San Francisco. You need to take advantage of things like this.” And he’s right.
For those of you who may not be familiar with names like Neville Brody, Erik Spiekermann, Tina Roth Eisenberg, Michael Bierut, Jessica Hische, and many others, they are the Steve Jobs’ and George Lucas’ of my design world. I’m going to see these people talk. In person.
To make things more exciting, a couple of weeks ago, I answered a call for volunteers for the TYPO Press Team. So now, not only do I find myself attending TYPO, I’ll be blogging / tweeting throughout various sessions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts during the 2 days. And I get a free ticket for next year’s conference. Worth it? I think so.
Word Poem #5: An experiment in human typography
These word poems are part of my Human Typography Experiment. An effort to revitalize appreciation for the ordinary.