Between today's news from Jawbone + Fuseproject and the video below, today has been the day for the internet of things. Oh, and how the social aspects of machines will begin to shape us.
More research will go down in the coming months on the subject. In the meanwhile, the video below isn't terribly insightful (especially considering the production values and costs) and is kind of depressing, but the events it contains are around the corner...
Related news: I hope that I'm not too excited for the MoMA show Talk to Me
Plenty of coverage elsewhere about Facebook's email, but this video does a great job of explaining why you should care. It reminded me that Facebook is about people, and the more they remember that, the cooler and better their innovations will be.
In a few short interviews directed by Nicolas Heller and produced by former colleague Brian Collins for the Art Directors Club, Paula Scher talks about how the energy of the city affects her work. Part two talks about her maps, which are amazing renderings of the layers of perception that maps really represent.
She's doing the signage for our new office, which is really cool.
From a random conversation with a friend who's an ex-Marine (can you be an 'ex' Marine?), via a friend of his (I think) who is a full bird colonel in the Air Force.
Two pieces of advice:
When the balloon goes up it goes up fast
in other words, when change finally happens or when the thing you think was about to go down finally goes down it goes down fast. So always be prepared for the worst and be ready to move fast.
When the shit hits the fan, wind your watch.
Pause before moving. This is a lesson I've been remembering getting into playing tennis this summer. the first thing to do is wait, not swing. It reminds me of something Bruce Lee would say (yes, I just quoted Bruce Lee) about what made him a great fighter. He had the instinct and the speed to beat almost anyone, but what made him great was the learned ability to hang back and watch where others would attack.