Data-diary

Contribution to 'Perspective: Artist - The position of individual artists in the performing arts in Flanders' (VTi Institute for the Performing Arts, Brussels) "None of the work that we discuss here is actually hidden, but its dullness and technicality make it prone to blend into the background and it's only with some effort it can [...]

Toolbending

11 sessions @ ERG, Brussels. La plupart des auteurs contemporains (artistes, designers, cinéastes, écrivains), créent leur œuvre à l'aide d'ordinateurs. Ils utilisent les logiciels par défaut, les mêmes outils que tout le monde utilise. Imaginez que ces logiciels n'étaient pas seulement faits pour faire le travail, mais seraient des outils à penser, des instruments à [...]

Tools for a Read-Write World I

While working on a call for projects in the context of LGRU (codename: Tools for a Read-Write World) I drift off into reading an interview with Ward Cunningham. Cunningham developed concepts and codes for collaborative tools such as the Wiki, and also inspired programming methods like Extreme Programming. Bill Venners: Everyone would likely agree that [...]

forget that you are

i P a d (Michael Murtaugh's melted version for Prototyping Futures) I am enjoying Household Words, an associative analysis of 'common-sensical' words such as Sucker, Bloomers, and Bombshell. In her last chapter, Cyber, Stephanie A. Smith refers to On the road to intimacy, a 1992 whitepaper calling for the development of 'personal digital assistants'. The [...]

Camera

It is barely visible through the glare of its plexiglass container but I am struck by a paint-splattered box-camera included in the exhibition George Hendrik Breitner: Pioneer of Street Photography at De Kunsthal, Rotterdam. As a reminder of this crude object tainted by extensive use, I take a picture. At home, I realise that I [...]

100 idées

A first harvest of future tools that were brought to the surface at the Co-position Research Meeting: Colorfont The days of monochrome digital typography are over. Inspired by art-deco hand-drawn lettering experiments, Manufactura Independente came up with colorfont.js. This javascript library makes it easier to create multi-colored typography for the web. It was further developed [...]

Word, Work

A group from Chicago visited Constant Variable last week. One student explains his mother is a publisher and that she compiled an on-line glossary of terms used in her mixed practice of printing, publishing and writing. It is stunning. For example, under W: word spacing: The amount of space between each word in typeset text. [...]

Bravo

Bravo was the first WYSIWYG editor (...) Previous editors rarely made any attempt to match the display to the printed page; this meant that users could not check whether they had formatted the document correctly, except by printing it out.1 Newman, W. (2012). Design case study: The Bravo text editor. Interactions, 19(1), 75-80 [↩]