…with glasses

What mobile means is an ever-growing list.

Google to Sell Heads-Up Display Glasses by Year’s End – NYTimes

Boy, more flashbacks to CHI 92. In those days there were these geeks that showed up at conferences with purple and orange hair and wearable computers with these heads up displays.  The mystique of this cyborg species was far greater than the genuine impact.  The reality was that such computers were so very lame in those days that the usefulness of being assimilated into the Borg was pretty much nil.

Today, on the other hand, ordinary human beings have become assimilated in the mobile world – or maybe rather they have assimilated it into their own world (hmmm. maybe that difference is part of the key to success?).  The glasses at this time seem like a normal step.

Purple and Orange hair is optional.

– roger

Frampton’s Favorite Machine Comes Back Alive

An installment in the “My Favorite Machine” series.

Peter Frampton's "favorite machine"
Frampton guitar interview

Peter Frampton’s “favorite machine” is back after being thirty years lost.  See in this interview on CBS Sunday Morning how he feels about this guitar that came back to him  thirty years after it was lost and presumed destroyed in a cargo plane crash.

Somehow it was rescued from the burnt plane wreckage and traveled a mysterious journey, like a pet in a Disney movie, until finally returning back to its true owner.  So, how does he feel about it now?

“Its not the best Les Paul in the world. It’s just MY Less Paul.   For ten years I had it and my style of guitar playing developed once I got it. So it’s very very important to me”.

So, what’s your own favorite machine?  Do you feel like Peter Frampton does?

– roger

Totally Tubular!

Designing user experiences for business intelligence applications is intellectually challenging. Communicating the design can also be a lot of work.

Now it’s the weekend and designing a complex piece of art work that celebrates user interaction and that sort of thing is interesting and challenging in another way. I don’t have to explain it, I just have to design something that is compelling that I can also build. Fortunately, I have a lot of tools, methods, and materials in my repertoire. Exploring alternatives until I visualize something that I myself find exciting, then working out the details. This is the creative part of the design process.

Now I’m done sketching for the moment and manually bending one inch conduit is challenging again in a completely different way. Ugh.  This is the hard work part of the design process.

– roger


The Digital World and its Platform

Just because we live in the digital world doesn’t mean that we no longer live in the other one.  I’m pondering the subject matter of the art that I am producing for BIG(D)ESIGN 2012.  This sequel to the art centerpiece I created for BIG(D)ESIGN 2011 is a big undertaking for one artist, not just in terms of the scale, but also the complexity of form, function, and theme.

Like its predecessor, the art for BigD12 connects a whole lotta dots from many different places on multiple levels and dimensions, quite literally.  So, bringing it all together is going to take a substantial amount of time, energy, and thought.  Now that I have this blogsite, you are likely to see my musings here as I think through some of these concepts and challenges.  This is like a window into the mind of the geek art guy.  Are you scared yet?

I began with the big picture of what I wanted to say that expands on the My Favorite Machine theme and images.  I’m not ready to give it all away here yet, though some of my friends and colleagues have heard me talking about it.  I’m not really much of a secret-keeper.  Let me just summarize the concept in one key word – “Community”.

Like before, there are other sub-themes.  And the one that I am fixating on at the moment as I work out some of the technical and structural challenges, is related to my opening sentence.  We live in a physical world that integrates the digital world into it.  As individuals and as a culture we have to reconcile these daily. There is no all one or the other.  And part of this process is acknowledging the layer upon layer of culture, civilization, and technology that has served as the foundation and many tiered platform leading up to and supporting this digital world that seems to be our primary focus today, certainly at least for the audience attending the BIG(D)ESIGN 2012.

That notion of multiple tiers of civilization and technology will be reflected in the art in a really extroverted manner.  When you see it, you will understand what I am talking about, I’m pretty sure!  This is but one of several sub-themes you’ll be hearing about from me as I work through this stuff.   More later.  ; )

– roger

Art for BIG(D)ESIGN 2012

I spent much of the day sketching and visualizing the art for BIG(D)ESIGN 2012.  Yes, I am creating another centerpiece for the conference, displayed in the center of the main hallway, like before, except this time, even BIGGER!!!

The conference is in the same place, Crown Plaza hotel in Addison, TX.   This year it is happening earlier, Memorial Day weekend.  That is not so long from now. Man I have a lot to do!   But I just have to tell you that I’m getting excited. It’s gonna be amazingly cool!

You may have heard me say that my meter for my art is that I only make stuff that I personally find interesting to look at.  And if you like it too, that’s all the better!  So far, that seems to be working.

What is it?  Well, I can say it is absolutely the logical sequel to My Favorite Machine, though maybe not one you’d expect.  Like its predecessor, it will be Intense, yet whimsical, simultaneously celebratory of technology’s impact on our culture and shamelessly irreverent!  It’s going to be serious and fun, slick and jagged, earthy and advanced, contradictory and harmonious. haha!

What does all that mean?  You’re just going to have to be there!

– roger

Inciting Experiences