"In Asian cultures, an emoji face in dark clouds would show that someone is sad and having a bad day. A face on a beach with the sun glaring means they are happy. In the United States, the emotion on the face tells the story, not the surroundings. Also, “stars for eyes could mean something completely different in Asia than using dots for eyes.”
- Disruptions, Texting your feelings, Symbol by Symbol
Interesting short essay on emojis and digital culture.
Part of a little walkthrough animation for an app’s landing-page. These actually will be animated by CSS sprites with little activity, actions happening in each panel
How Not to Be Alone -
We are always so wired-in that we are losing our ability to connect. Jonathan Safran Foer’s shares his thoughts on it in NY Times article How Not to Be Alone.
We often use technology to save time, but increasingly, it either takes the saved time along with it, or makes the saved time less present, intimate and rich. I worry that the closer the world gets to our fingertips, the further it gets from our hearts. It’s not an either/or — being “anti-technology” is perhaps the only thing more foolish than being unquestioningly “pro-technology” — but a question of balance that our lives hang upon.”
Writing on the Walls -
We walk through streets advertising all-you-can-eat buffets and gym memberships. There’s a reason that military words like campaign, viral, and target are the vocabulary of marketing. Yet these are our walls and buildings. The city is our living room.
A nice read exploring our relationship with the cities we live in.
The Future Elements compilation #02 to be out soon. And tomorrow I may schedule a stream for preview listen.
More updates on TFE facebook page. Free downloads will be available from Monday
Totoro found some pixels.