this is an excerpt from an email conversation with my friend Marian Bantjes. I’ve always trusted Marian to be a straight talker, no matter how prickly the viewpoint. years ago we started talking about what it’s like to get older as a creative person. as a side issue, what it feels like for each of us as we stop feeling as creative as we once were. do we re-think who we are? do we just try harder? Here’s a little of what’s been happening to Marian as she goes on.
The Verge reports on Tech In Motion’s Wearable Tech Fashion Show, and that’s interesting, but I found myself much more interested in what was happening with the reporting itself.
note that the beginning of the video segment is entirely made up of things that glow, change color, look foolish, and sound like parodies from “What The Fuck Is My Wearable Strategy?” tailoring and wearability are uniformly terrible in nearly every piece showcased.
but then, the reporter notes, further into the segment, that the most successful wearables were the subtlest, and simply looked like clothes, but we’re never made to visually celebrate them. is it that fabric that doesn’t glow is uninteresting? or is the videographer trying to think too quickly to make anything more than a reactionary visual statement about what makes for interesting design?
I’m a little done with pretentious, lazily-constructed trend pieces. highly reportable work doesn’t equal well-made, thoughtfully-considered work.
In the first column, the last line isn’t justified. This is the expected behavior, when you apply the ‘text-align: justify’ CSS property on a container. On the other hand, in the second column, the content is entirely justified, including the last line.
—Zoltan Horvath, “Improving your site’s visual
details” Web Platform Team Blog
whereupon the Adobe Web Group incites the wrath of typesetters everywhere by implying that having a last line of a graf of force-justified text aligned left is somehow “wrong.” never mind that it’s really on “not what they’ve been taught.”
(left-aligned last lines are my preference as a more pleasant visual stopping point after walls of text, but neither is correct or incorrect by any measurable definition.)
Gareth Pugh + Chrome Hearts photographed for Dazed Digital by Laurie Lynn Stark.
For SS14, Pugh peeled back the codes of Hollywood glamour, revealing the hysteria beneath; feathers exploded over bias cut gowns; latex bodices gripped torsos; sloping shoulders rose majestically behind the head.
—Natasha Slee, “Gareth Pugh vs Chrome Hearts,” Dazed Digital