Posts tagged with “Updates”

Jun 5, 2017

Graduating again in a few days. This is what I have learnt in two years. That, and sneaking V for Vendetta references into thesis reports is fun. (Also, that barring my typewriter and the book about typewriters, all life’s essentials can fit into a 35L backpack.)

Mar 31, 2017

Writing my thesis report to read like a political thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world of resource starvation and a general lack of art.

Oct 17, 2016

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Johnny Cash, perfect side-dish to pushing pixels around.

Oct 15, 2016

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Google Maps. Frugal Maps.

Oct 11, 2016

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Oct 5, 2016

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Aug 29, 2016

Wrote a thing titled THE CRISIS AT ITEM NUMBERED TWENTY FOUR for a literary thing. The day is saved and we can all go home. Too much Bukowski and too little Pynchon.

Aug 14, 2016

Working on a data-visualisation project on the Dandi Salt March, reading through the Thomas Weber tome on the subject, one takes note of the uneasy voyeurism of all these data-trumped narratives. This is where I confront the difficult relationship I have with the personal and the digital and what it means to excise work from the other thing.

Mar 13, 2016

This little piece of the internet is now tracker-free. If you are a uBlock or Ghostery user, the browser buttons will throw friendly zeroes back at you. 

Feb 23, 2016

JNU Students have a YT Channel up and the lectures are worth an all-nighter, if not a last-minute train journey to Delhi.

Feb 9, 2016

Wait But Why has this long-ish post on Horizontal History—a fun and informative visualisation of history through famous names. It is at-least perspective-changing to think of Martin Luther King and Anne Frank as contemporaries.

Nov 8, 2015

Burned through Eternally Yours: Time in Design and Vision in Product Design (design by Irma Boom, to boot) over multiple late-nighters in luxurious loneliness at the IDC library; we have on an 2030 to 2230 experimental extension. Eternally is, among other things, a set of monologues (and dialogues) on the dimension of time as applied to product (read interaction) design. It discusses the Long Now Foundation’s many projects, talks to artists/designers from across disciplines—the one on fashion is particularly worth reading twice, especially for like-minded cynics who end up here and read all the nonsense—and not-so-lightheartedly peddles Vivian, a non-object object that embodies the ideal of a product that steals time from others around. ViP is, on a too practical it hurts level, a how-to-guide on approaching the design process with a foot in the future. The focus is on interactions between products and people, more than the eventual product itself. Eternally has interesting parallels, where it takes apart this notion of planned interactions for a more realistic view on the place of things in the lives of people. Together, I wish these were appended in the reading lists for IxD courses, still largely concerned with glass surfaces and artificial intelligentsia. 

Listen to Anab Jain talk at the NEXT conference, about what it means to be alive in the future. She has a blog post up walking through the talk, too. Happy to see her reflect at length and much more critically on some of the pet peeves of mine, with technology and non-removable batteries and the whole paying with data shebang. Discovered Magazine B.the brand-videos are such nice propaganda. Maybe it was too early to quit ello afterall.

Acquired a mildly inoffensive fixed gear, and the thing still throws up a mighty surprise on descents, even after all thse years of riding around Gurgaon and its nemesis.

Sep 26, 2015

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Working with the lovely folks at QA.

Aug 16, 2015

Signed up for a JB membership, for yourstruly’s sanity and bank-balance seemed to depend on it. Post much wandering among the quasi-baroque of Hiranandani, one finds JB’s shelves lined with plastic-pouched paperbacks through a window that disappeared to take its condensation very seriously. It is packed with a surprisingly well-curated collection, playing to all ignored, weird corners of the gallery. 

Got initiated into Bukowski with Ham on Rye, finished Looking Closer over two weekends in the main library, nibbled on Hello, I am ErikDesigning NewsI Used to Be a Design Student, and Drawing Type. Tried reading Don Norman again, and failed to find myself a very good reason to go through the pain of rolling all the three shelves off for it time and again. The department library is disappointing and noisy; not how I like my Sulaimani.

Aug 1, 2015

On H&F, TVSchneider on universitified design education and prettiness, among other things.

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