This is from Sean:
There is a short story called The Right Book by Cory Doctorow. Read it here:
or you can listen to it read by Neil Gaiman:
The words associated with this are:
Collective: community; creative. Futures: evolution; embrace.
This is related to my research as it explores the themes of the users having the control to modify and create within a particular medium, and the communities that can emerge out of this phenomenon. I am using Minecraft to make an education game, and the way Minecraft has been constructed means that it is can be modified by the users very easily.
I was reminded of this story when I came across the “end poem” for Minecraft. It appears at the ‘end’ of the game, which I’ll explain further at our lab on Friday. The poem isn’t necessary for the lab, but if you are interested it can be read here:
Questions for you to consider:
o How do you currently use books and ebooks? Are you a consumer and a creator?
o How likely do you think the story’s proposed futures are?
And from Pasha
THE FIELD EXPERIMENTS
The field experiments is an ongoing project that was started and conducted by an internationally well-known graphic designer, Stefan Sagmesiter who went to undergo a “sabbatical” experiment in Bali, Indonesia with the purpose is to reconnect with his inner-design and creativity so that it enables to refresh his mind from client-based works. Sabbatical can be defined as period of time during which someone does not work at his or her regular job and is able to rest, travel, do research, etc. During his time in Bali, another designer by the name of Paul Marcus Fuog, a designer from Melbourne joined him to assist Sagmeister’s design projects. The field experiments is then recently being continued by Paul Marcus Fuog and other two designers whose name are Benjamin Harrison Bryant from New York city, USA and Karim Charlesbois Zariffa from Montreal, Canada. The Field of Experiments is a collaboration between designers from their respective fields to produce a collection of experimental, yet unforgettable design works that will hope to be recognised and possible to use for the future. Although the project was meant for more exploration to other areas, Bali is their first destination to start their project where they are challenging the conventional and existing arts & crafts of Bali to build an idea that an object of souvenir or arts & crafts can be an object of desire and appreciation so it can be used over time rather than using the object just for needs. The designers have come up with wicked ideas that can be looked at a design perspective using different materials to make odd combinations. The Field Experiments would also benefit Sagmeister to develop a documentary movie project about happiness during his time in Bali to undergo his sabbatical experiment.
(Note: In the official field experiments website, click on the link that says “Selected Projects” to see the collection of work.)
In relation to the Field Experiments, Stefan Sagmeister presented during TED TALK about the power of time off and basically its about The refreshment of having a time off effectively creates fresh new ideas. In this video he talks about his experience in Bali performing a sabbatical experiment to create a collection of unforgettable design works which are conducted through his own creativity and thinking. The whole point that he is trying to get across during his presentation is that by performing “Sabbatical” projects, it will give him more happiness and joy when going back to client-based works. The link of the videos are at the bottom:
Stefan Sagmeister TED Talks:
The Happy Film Titles:
(Worth to check out both videos in order to save an amount of time for friday’s class 🙂 Thanks.)
This is an article that Paul Fuog was interviewed about his time and experience in Bali working with Stefan Sagmeister to conduct the sabbatical projects:
You can check out the two designer’s folio of work on these links:
Paul Fuog’s Folio: http://paulmarcusfuog.com/
Paul Fuog’s Studio: http://u-p.co/
Stefan Sagmeister’s Folio/Studio: http://www.sagmeisterwalsh.com/
Questions In Mind (Able to use for discussion):
Would a country like Indonesia (a conservative country) be able to accept these form of objects and exploit them for their own purposes? What about other conservative countries, how would they react?
How does a sabbatical experiment benefit other practitioners to be more creative and will this work work for them (other than designers)?
Do you think that we all should/can do a sabbatical project?
What is the idea of happiness that is heavily involved in conducting a sabbatical project?
(Note: More questions will pop up during Friday’s class).