The Torture of Craft: Why we love Hipstamatic

Whilst doing some research (i.e. procrastinating) for the Google Firestarters thing Neil Perkin invited Tom Hulme of IDEO and myself to speak at tomorrow, I’ve stumbled across this on a blog called ‘Spatial Breakbeat Research’.

In particular, I love this post on The Torture of Craft… 

…the infinite loop within our designed culture between striving for perfection, then railing against it when it’s achieved to go to something primitive and basic as a next stage…

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“this regression into a more primitive expression has happened countless times before, only to spark yet another push forward towards even greater precision.  Each cycle is not without its evolutionary marker, however; it is assured that each time the return to the primitive unavoidably becomes imbued with the perfection it was trying to deny; like a pair of $500 designer pre-worn jeans, patinaed to perfection, each cycle produces a product so mastered in its raw form, its price or place in society has never been called into question.”

Read the whole thing.

Anyway, maybe it’s why we’ve got these wonderful, space age devices that we love to use to take pictures of our lives we could have found in a shoebox from thirty years ago…

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Maybe I’ll see you at Firestarters tomorrow.  If I stop posting minorly interesting things I’ve found on the internet, and finish this presentation…