Nadia’s blog

The future, or something like it
3 October, 2008, 9:28 pm
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A member of my family just proclaimed, “This is going to be the future, if it’s not already!” (quoting something I didn’t see or hear off the television, I believe). I think this conundrum is quite applicable to the idea that if something is new, then it already exists, and is not the future. This little phrase seems quite relevant to the ‘new technologies’ concept.


A lifetime of technology
1 September, 2008, 7:12 pm
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A quote I found whilst writing our lit review made me think about the technologies of our generation.

“Technology is everything that comes along after you’re born” (Caroll et al. 2002, quoting Alan Kay 1990)

One thing that rose to popularity after we were born is the mobile phone. We were the first people I know to own a mobile phone in 1992. Here is a picture of me using it.

I can’t help but laugh at having to use two hands to use a mobile phone.

Computer dictionary
21 August, 2008, 8:13 pm
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I was sitting on the sofa writing notes with an open dictionary, but when I needed to know how to spell something* (no, I’m not too proud to admit there are words I don’t quite know how to spell), I yelled at my brother to Google it for me. At least I still talk to my brother…

As for my Credo project, I think I have named it! It will be called (r)evolve, and will document my evolution as a designer, the evolution of design as I see it, and the evolution of techology in my work. It will also look at the notion of revolving, in that, I feel that technology and design are both somewhat circular, things keep coming back around, and having new relevance.

I feel this theme brings together the ideas I had previously into something I can visualise.

* The word was acquaintance.

17 August, 2008, 12:53 pm
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NEW is the NEW NEW
NEW is the NEW OLD
NEW is the OLD NEW
NEW is the OLD OLD
OLD is the NEW NEW
OLD is the NEW OLD
OLD is the OLD NEW
OLD is the OLD OLD

I’m thinking that some of this might form the basis for my Credo document, as well as a regression/progression idea in relation to technology.

Technology & me
15 August, 2008, 3:45 pm
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I love technology. A lot of my time is spent using ‘modern technology’ including my laptop, iPod, mobile phone, digital camera, etc. However, I also have a love of not-so-modern technology. I adore my polaroid camera and typewriter. I love our record player, and the way the speakers sound so good without a subwoofer.

My design work is much the same. I love computers and the way I can design with them – computers are what first drew me towards design. But I also love the experimentation and organic nature of using your hands, or older technologies which aren’t quite so perfect.

For me, design is a mesh of these things. My focus directly on technology, though spurred by the coursework, is a true reflection of both my personality and work. This will form the basis of my ‘Credo’ document.

My aim is to express my personality through the use of my work, words and photography, showing my love affair with technology and the way I make use of it. I see it as being a ‘meet in the middle’ type publication, where new and old come together.

The idea will form, reform, adapt and change as more thoughts pop into my head.

See the below notes for further details.

As an aside – technology also frustrates the hell out of me. I have been without internet on my laptop for over a week now, and it has literally driven me insane. Think back to when it would have been normal to do without (or never even have it), and it would have been no impediment to going on with my daily life …