Brief Interruptions

Brynn Shepherd is pursuing an MFA in interaction design at The School of Visual Arts. This is a place for some of the interesting things she finds on the Internet.

Sep 19
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You don’t get to decide the truth. Other people have their own experiences, just as valid. This is easy to forget. Your slice of life seems so large and unmistakeable, like a mirage of wholeness from where you stand. But it is your job to know better and not confuse your small piece for the whole, even if you sometimes forget. Life is big—much bigger than just yours. This is the only note to self: other people are real. That’s all there is to learn. It takes forever, but you can start now.
— Frank Chimero, “The Only Note to Self
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Sep 17
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Cat Or Human by Shinseungback Kimyonghun:
Human faces recognized as a cat face by a cat face-detection algorithm.Cat faces recognized as a human face by a human face-detection algorithm.

Cat Or Human by Shinseungback Kimyonghun:

Human faces recognized as a cat face by a cat face-detection algorithm.
Cat faces recognized as a human face by a human face-detection algorithm.
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Aug 27
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The problem with delight is that it’s often applied to small, trifling details: the way an icon moves within an app, say, or the way a menu is triggered on a website. It’s not often applied to huge, ambitious projects—nobody would describe Elon Musk’s SpaceX rockets as “delightful,” though they certainly are—nor does it cover inventions whose value is primarily pragmatic. (Air bags were a lifesaving product, but hardly a delightful one.) To describe an innovation as a “delight” is to preempt judgment of its utilitarian value, to ask it to be evaluated on aesthetic grounds rather than by the work it does. Delight can be wonderful, but it can also be dumb.
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Aug 26
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Nicola Twilley on AverageExplorer by Alexei Efros:
What results is a sort of meta-tourism. An iconic landmark such as the Statue of Liberty fractures into a dozen possible compositions, with each representing a different set of decisions about how the monument is best depicted—and thus, by extension, telling us something about how the photographers see the world. Do you place Ellis Island in the background, or the Manhattan skyline? What does that choice tell us about how you think of the Statue of Liberty? Are friends and family more often posed at the bottom left, the center, or the bottom right of the picture—and what can we learn from that about the unwritten visual conventions that frame our world?
Reminds me of previously-blogged-about Photo Opportunities, and also Instaphotobooth. cc: ashleymarieandthesea and dontoverthink !

Nicola Twilley on AverageExplorer by Alexei Efros:

What results is a sort of meta-tourism. An iconic landmark such as the Statue of Liberty fractures into a dozen possible compositions, with each representing a different set of decisions about how the monument is best depicted—and thus, by extension, telling us something about how the photographers see the world. Do you place Ellis Island in the background, or the Manhattan skyline? What does that choice tell us about how you think of the Statue of Liberty? Are friends and family more often posed at the bottom left, the center, or the bottom right of the picture—and what can we learn from that about the unwritten visual conventions that frame our world?

Reminds me of previously-blogged-about Photo Opportunities, and also Instaphotobooth. cc: ashleymarieandthesea and dontoverthink !

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Aug 11
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We happen to ourselves when nothing much happens to us, and we are transformed in the process; that is why the Mason with the earring from whom we take our leave, on his first, blissed-out day of college, both is and is not the affable imp of seven, or the mumbler who bumped his way through puberty, and that twin sense of continuity and interruption—of life itself as tracking shot and jump cut—applies to everyone. Just like the final fade.
Anthony Lane on Boyhood in the New Yorker (do see this movie if you haven’t already!)
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May 13
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OPEN IXD: Thesis Festival Tomorrow!

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Join the Class of 2014 in the presentation of their thesis projects!

OPEN IXD is the MFA Interaction Design Festival at the School of Visual Arts. It’s a collaborative celebration of the work from 14 interaction design students who present their theses in individual expression. Inside the theater, the class of 2014 presents their experience through story; outside, prototypes are in the open for play and exploration.

Watch us behind the scenesRSVP, and view the days schedule

Tomorrow! TOMORROW!

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Apr 28
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Apr 18
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Thesis is getting existential up in here…

Thesis is getting existential up in here…

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Apr 14
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Yeahhh animated GIF thesis logo! Thanks for the input, ashleymarieandthesea and dontoverthink!

Yeahhh animated GIF thesis logo! Thanks for the input, ashleymarieandthesea and dontoverthink!

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rhizomedotorg:

Erased de Kooning and Rauschenberg Drawing by Peter Palland

Yes.

rhizomedotorg:

Erased de Kooning and Rauschenberg Drawing by Peter Palland

Yes.

(via procrastinaut)

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