Design Through Narrative…

Brands have a hard enough time getting good stories into their work, but using narrative to inspire architectural design? Now that’s cool. The Protocol Architechture group uses the power of fiction to generate architectural design ideas. The NY-based group creates outlandish documents from non-existent worlds and narratives that will eventually form the basis of their practice. They describe their work…

Print is Dead…Finally?

Well it’s not often you see magazines shuttered…then relaunched. But that’s what you have with Gourmet, a perennial bastion of the culinary arts. Discontinued in October, Conde Nast just announced they are launching an iPad app called Gourmet Live. Back at Northwestern we called students in the print program “Dinosaurs” for a reason. And it’s about time the meteor hits. WIRED…

Tufte Meets Biggie…

Everything I need to know I learned from Biggie — or so it seems with these graphical representations of rap songs. All too often we struggle with how best to match data and culture. This isn’t exactly Tufte, but I’m always up for a good graph…

Did Avatar avoid the Uncanny Valley?

With all of these 3D movies bombarding us, it’s no wonder that animated humans are starting to freak us out a bit. It’s well known that when robots and other facsimiles of humans look and act almost like actual humans, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers. Called the Uncanny Valley, the “valley”…