Month: February 2016

To be real

Versobooks

On trans aesthetics & authenticity

Seán Faye explores some of the currently-blurred lines between notions of authenticity and gender between fashion, social media, and real-work encounters.

Laura Balke, via Instagram

cthupid

a Valentine's day treat from Giovanni Braggio, four months of work culminating in a delightful little horror show.

The apotheosis of the deliberately boring normcore turtleneck was found on Steve Jobs, who arrived at his stark trademark look after striking up a friendship with the designer Issey Miyake, who gave him 100 or so of them. Troy Patterson for the New York Times

Can the Turtleneck Ever Be Cool Again?

I can only imagine that Issey Miyake might bristle endlessly unto his death with this association that will never be forgotten, of a rich man so completely and utterly lacking in personal style that he demand one of the finest craftsmen in clothing make for him a shapeless fisherman’s sweater, bearing no resemblance to the craft for which he was hired. Read the entire piece at the New York Times.

Ishiuchi Miyako, at The Guardian, from a collection at The Getty in Los Angeles

(Not) Just Another Foundry

Fontstand

Tim Ahrens & Shoko Mugikura, Just Another Foundry

Partners in life as in work, Tim Ahrens and Shoko Mugikura are the operative force behind Just Another Foundry. Though their respective cultures —Ahrens is German, Mugikura Japanese— and academic backgrounds are widely different, their love for typography led them both to the same place, a design program in southeast England.

How That “All-Day Breakfast” Became Breakfast in the First Place

Chicago Magazine

Hotcakes & hot takes

…enter Bernays. He and Beech-Nut approached a physician who told them he would recommend a “heavy” breakfast—basically, bacon and eggs—over light items, again for health reasons. A heavier breakfast would, according to this doctor, replenish energy lost overnight. Bernays asked him to write about 5,000 of his colleagues and ask their opinion on the matter. Nearly all of them, Bernays said, concluded that a heavy breakfast was “better for the health of the American people.”

Choire Sicha, via Instagram

Lossless

The Awl

“…but I can’t ever really love them.”

You probably know that there are two main schools of thought when it comes to neural uploading/playback. The “German school” aims for total fidelity: pure, perfect synapses forever. The idea is to capture the consciousness in super-high-resolution; aficionados of that philosophy would be horrified at my early, beloved low-bitrate downloads. They’d point out that the more you compress a Mind, the more you lose those intangible qualities that make it unique. The Japanese approach is much “fuzzier” than that of the Germans’. The idea is not to store and recreate the consciousness with precise, verifiably accurate detail. Rather, Japanese tech hews much closer to the aesthetic idea of wabi-sabi, cherishing incompleteness, impermanence and even decay. Favouring feeling over precision, Japanese-formed Minds have an undeniable elegance and beauty.

Vox Media Terrorized by Pissroach

The Awl

check yourself before you insect yourself

“Now that 25% of you have approached me bearing an iphone 6 with a picture of a cockroach in the urinal, I’ll address this head on: There is a cockroach in the urinal on the 9th floor.”

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