Tag: Innovative Nostalgia

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Society of Simulations

FarmVille Turns into Real-Life Agriculture

By taking a look at human evolution, we quickly notice that food gathering and production – also known as agriculture – has always been an important constant in our daily life, at least for most of our ancestors. With the industrialization of food this changed drastically and disconnected nine out of ten people from the production of the fuel that powers our bodies. Now that our “hunting ground” is the supermarket, we lost that connection with soil, animals, plants, seasons and climate, but also the direct link between labor and income.

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EcoHelmet by Isis Schiffer
Back to the Tribe

EcoHelmet: Foldable, Recyclable and Cheap

It’s entirely made of waterproof recycled cardboard in a radial honeycomb pattern. After folding, it has the size and shape of a banana, which makes it easy to carry around. Moreover it fits most head sizes and works with the same efficiency of traditional polystyrene helmet. Feeling impressed? So was the James Dyson Foundation who announced Isis Shiffer, the EcoHelmet designer, the 2016 International Winner of the James Dyson Award in November.

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Innovative Nostalgia

The Reinvention of Children’s Books

In today’s rapidly moving society, even the biggest bibliophiles have problems finding the time to sit down with a good book. Though we never stop reading. Tons of digital letters cross our eyes daily, from email to Twitter feed. So, why are kids still learning to read from a book? Amazon is reinventing the children’s book in the form of an educational reading app called Rapids.

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Innovative Nostalgia

2040: the Year We’ll Know How 2000 Was

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows defines anemoia as the feeling of nostalgia for a time you’ve never known. This word may not be frequently used, but it describes a common feeling. The New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik believes that this longing for the past follows a 40 year cycle, as he explains: “The prime site of nostalgia is always whatever happened, or is thought to have happened, in the decade between forty and fifty years past”. 

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Innovative Nostalgia

Internet Open Daily from 7:00 to 22:30

Our peculiar image of the week shows a sign for Internet opening hours recently encountered in Cuba. At first you read it as a symbol of the stalled technological development in the socialist state, but then you realize the tidal approach to an Internet connection might just as well be interpreted as a deliberate design for silence, quietude and meditation. Back or forward to nature? We file it as Innovative Nostalgia.

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Innovative Nostalgia

Wi-Fi Hotspots Take Over Old Payphones

Nowadays telephone booths are obsolete objects. If you are a digital native you probably never noticed one of them. With the number of smartphone owners worldwide surpassing two billion, they have fallen into disuse. That’s why New York City decided to definitely say goodbye to neglected payphones and replace them with Wi-Fi hotspots.

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Innovative Nostalgia

Listening to 3D Printed Records

Amanda Ghassaei, currently a student at the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT Media Lab, is a former employee at the do-it-yourself website Instructables.com. Back then she developed ways to 3D print and laser cut vinyl records.

“In order to explore the current limits of 3D printing, I’ve created a technique for converting digital audio files into 3D-printable, 33rpm records that play on ordinary turntables. Though the audio quality is low, the audio output is still easily recognizable – the records have a sampling rate of 11kHz and 5-6 bit resolution”.

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Digital-Presence

Analogue vs Digital: Innovative Nostalgia

Ever noticed that the design of your iBookshelf looks quite like the traditional, analog bookshelf in your living room? Fast changes in technology make us to constantly adapt ourselves to an ever-changing media landscape. Designers link new technology with more familiar phenomena to ease the changes. Browsing through your virtual bookshelf gives you the feeling of having an easily accessible collection of books, just like your good old analog one.

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game

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Digital-Presence

Analogue vs Digital: Horseless Carriages

E-mails don’t reach you in envelopes. However, the desktop icon of your e’mail software looks quite like the envelopes humans once used to send letters. This illustrates how every innovation must pass through a first stage in which the new effect is secured by the old. A designers’ trick to make the new accessible through the known. This is called a horseless carriage. A concept that origins from the first cars: they looked like horse carriages but without the horses.

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game

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