Music

Gentrified San Francisco as a Disney story

The second coming of  techie invaders in San Francisco is a story decades old. A milestone in this saga was the Google Bus fiasco symbolizing new money pushing out longtime locals and artists. Ten months ago I stitched together quotes from Disney movies that embellish this story.

Thoguh we still have a lot of social and legislative work to do in this city, I hope you’ll just enjoy this fictional startup-kid story for what it is:

Discovering San Francisco

Something is calling you to the West Coast. That one cool friend you kind of know from college insists you visit. So break your bank and book a flight.

Peter Pan: Come on
Wendy: B b but where are we going?
Peter Pan: To Neverland
Wendy: Neverland
Peter Pan: You’ll never grow up there

Falling in Love
One suitcase and a magic carpet ride later you’re here in SF. Your friend shows you a weekend of costume-themed street parties, boutique coffee and endless lounging in Dolores Park.  This city promises another decade of joyful youth you want.

Aladdin & Jasmine: A Whole New World
Aladdin: Don’t you dare close your eyes
Jasmine: A hundred thousand things to see
Aladdin: Hold your breath it gets better
Jasmine: I can’t go back to where I used to be

 

Luxuries
You move to SF and land a dream job job at a startup that’s going to truly change the world. They buy you a Macbook Air, feed you every day and let you come into work at noon. Does life get any better? Well, maybe kinda yea.

Ariel: I’ve got gadets and gizmos a plenty. I’ve got whosits and whatsits galore.  No big deal. I want more.

Your first company
Time goes on and you’re tired of working on someone else’s dream. You’re being told what to do and how to do and are not sure if the next round of funding is even coming. You could do it better. So you start your own company and become the boss.

Simba: I’m gonna be the main event, like no king was before. No one sayin’ do this.
Zazu: Now when I said that–
Nala: No one sayin’ be there
Simba: Free to do it all my way

Self-awareness
You believe the work you’re doing is good but for some reason people you don’t know are angry about it.

Ariel: I don’t see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be bad

And maybe the city actually doesn’t need you or even have space for you.

Alice: Afterall, we haven’t been invited

But, you’ve now spent enough time in San Francisco to learn it hasn’t always been a city of new money hackers.

Pocahontas: You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you.

The Premonition
And some long-time locals throw bricks through bus windows and protest your pure existence in their home.

Gaston: They’ll wreak havoc on our village if we let him wander free. So it’s time to take some action boy!

This is some kind of warning. But you, a kind, thoughtful, sometimes wide-eyed twenty something never meant to hurt anyone is now a target of social politics.

Scar: Even you can’t be caught un aware. A shining new era is tip toeing nearer. And in justice deliciously squared. Be prepared!
Hyena 1: Yeah be prepared.
Hyena 2: yeah we’ll be prepared.
Hyena 3: For what?

 

Kindness
At this point rent prices, space for artists and social equilibrium is not yet met in San Francisco. The story is to be continued but you start to realize how small this place is.

It’s a world of laughter and a world of tears
It’s a world of hopes and a world of fears
There’s so much that we share
That is time we’re aware
Its a small world after all

Music, Travel

Why I keep going to Detroit

This weekend marks my fourth time visiting Detroit.

Each year has gotten colder, pricier, glitzier and more crowded. Each year I ask myself, “should I bother going next year?” “am I too old for this?” “should I really have waited in line for those parties?” But, I love going to Detroit, and I’ll tell you why.

I spent seven years in Southern Indiana listening to dance music alone. I had handful of friends nearby who “got it” and lived five hours from a club that could pull in a good DJ. I was hungry for more. So hungry. I wanted to hear these tracks on a big systems; I wanted to dance to deep house; I wanted a community of people who would love dance music with me.

So five years ago, RossBobbyRyan and I hopped in my Jetta, packed some PBJs and drove to Detroit for just that. We found hundreds of other Midwesterners from Ohio, Iowa, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois looking for the very same thing. It also was the first introductions to the music family I now have in San Francisco.

Everyone at this festival is choosing to be there. The kids, the grandmas, the DJs. Unlike the European and coastal festivals, Detroit has a high barrier to entry. It’s seen as unsafe and grungy. That filters out casual listeners who go to WMC, Sonar and BPM. The vibe has changed through the years and nothing ever is what it was. But it’s magical there and reminds me that I now live in a musical candy-land.

There is so much love in Detroit. I love being able turn to the person next to me strike up a conversation or share a friendly nod during a great track. It’s just not like that in San Francisco. I don’t know if people during this festival are so nice because it’s the midwest or because they too have finally found people to dance with. I guess it doesn’t really matter. But it’s beautiful.

I’ll probably go back next year, skip the festival, get to venues earlier and focus on the smaller parties. And if I never go back, that’s ok, it was fun while it lasted. But I’ll say this for sure, I’ve loved going to Detroit because everyone there is hungry for more.

Music

Six December mixes that wrap up the year with a bow

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December is a special month. Here’s a roundup of my favourite December mixes that look back at 2012 and take us into the new year. They’ll get you through the bitter cold, long car rides, sleepy airplanes and hopefully while wrapped up under warm blankies with warm people in a warm place.

Karmon – Diynamic Radio Show (Diynamic, DIY)
Midsland; House
This mix has barely been out for a day and I’m loving it. He starts off with the beautiful and sexy Frank Wiedemann & Ry Cuming track Howling. It’s completely acoustic and has me melting every time. It then takes you through a smooth and straight dance mix. It’s housey, rich and stays warm and dabbles. This one, your family might like.

 

 

Atish – Dark & White (Listed, House Heads)
San Francisco, Melodic Deep House
I think Atish is in a good mood this month. This mix like many of his will get you wiggling, smiling and in a grooving. But he brings something new to the table. This mix is in true form a melodic deep house mix, but is made for the wintertime. It’s steady and is obviously off the heels of his last and more technical sounding mix, Orbit. This mix makes me want to hold people I love.

 

 

Vinayak^a – Lonesome Train Album Mix (Wind Horse)
Bangalore, Progressive
This is a progressive mix, especially the first half. Like many of Vinayak^a’s mixes, it’s eclectic in range and will absolutely remind you there is great dance music being produced outside Europe and North America. For all the house heads in the room, there’s something in here for you too. You’ll love this mix when you hit the treadmill or track for the first time on January 1st after two months of eating pies.

 

 

Berlin, Minimal
Here’s a minimal mix with some heart. It’s stretchy, floating and still, somehow has all the the blips and beeps you love. Spending some of your vacation working on a project you’ve been putting off? Writing thank you cards for gifts? Jam to this one on headphones when you can hide away for some ‘you time’, It’ll make you feel good. Be not afraid of playing this minimal mix with family either, they might like it!

Blackstock – 217.13.205.171 (Less is More)

San Francisco; Techno
With the re-launch of Less is More, SF pal Alex Blackstock, brings a new mix series ABX with serious techno, it does nothing more than drive straight forward like a bullet. It’s technical, hard and steel. You’ll want this one while you’re waiting on the El train Platform with your toes frozen and soaked from walking in slush or shoveling the driveway for mom or dad. But fear not of this brushed metal, the ABX series isn’t made for grinches. Make it to the end and your heart will also grow triple in size.

 

Mark Slee – DST Nightfall (Listed, House Heads)
San Francisco; Tech House
Here’s the first mix from Slee after his sensual and emotional Slinky series. Taking us down a different path, he plays out darker sounds, new textures but still the keeps the long tones and bells floating in the background that he loves so much. While this DJ is a family man, enjoy this mix with your favourite friends and one too many hot toddies.

HCId, Music, Travel

Three San Francisco experiences to have in the dark

Close your eyes, there’s so much more to see. Here are three spots in SF caught in your blindspot that you won’t want to miss. Oscillations

1. Oscillations – sound and lightscape
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in the Room for Big Ideas, Th-Sa, 3 minutes, Free

Dip into the the YBCA for an immersive and sensual experience. The installation space, curtained off for one person, made with wood, electric fans, lights, speakers and custom technology takes you through a 3-minute intense 360 light and sound experience. I attended the live performance of the scape but actually much prefer the solitary experience off the YBCA lobby and have been three times with many more to come. The installation will be on display until 13 January 2013, so it’s not to be missed. Read more about artists Surabhi Saraf & Sebastian Alvarez’s but wait to watch the video until you’ve felt the warm heat on your face and cool fans on your arms, yourself. You have one more month to enjoy this city’s gem.

Audium 2. Audium – Sound theater
1616 Bush Street San Francisco, CA 94109, Fri, Sa at 8:30, 1 hour, $20

Enter this sound-sculpture space created in 1975 and seems to have barely changed since for a truly unique experience. Artist Stan Shaff hosts an hour-long expression of live and recorded audio pieces for those seeking something truly experimental to hear ranging from obtusely abstract to comfortably familiar sounds. It’s rumored that the 40-year old theater will be shutting down and the shows change from month-to-month, so there’s no better time than now.

 

Moon Dipperton3. Float Matrix – Sensory Depravation
Nob Hill Wellness Building, 815 Hyde St. Lower Level, Mo-Su by appointment, 1hr, $75+

Lay your mind and body down in a shallow pool of water and 1,000 pounds of salt. With earplugs in, the lights off and the scentless water the temperature of your body, this is as close to feeling nothing as you’ll ever get. Your mind, relieved of all the sensory input processing takes many into deep relaxation or significantly emotional and creative places. I’ve experienced all three and have been twice. The owner has changed into good hands since I’ve last attended but this has been one of the best and most rewarding San Francisco experiences I’ve had. I cannot recommend this enough. In simpler terms, it’s the best tool for meditation, focus on the present and self-awareness.

Music

Katy Perry trades in her whipped cream rocket launcher bra for rifles but misses the target

  

Katy Perry’s songs are produced to sound like Pop Rocks and taste like Orange Crush. While her songs messages lack intellectual merit, the production quality of her videos have actually been beyond impressive, though always candy sweet. Until now, the fiercest thing she’s done in a video is whipped cream and flames from her breasts.

In her latest video, Part of Me, Perry cuts her hair, tapes down her breasts, paints her face and joins the Marines. In an interview with MTV she says:

It’s an affirmation of strength, so I wanted to go the strongest route I ever could. Literally, I was like, ‘I’m gonna join the service. I’m gonna join the Marines.’

I wanted to celebrate this video, I really did. Besides it being a blatant PR piece for pro-war America, I wanted to be happy about a visual message showing a strong, hardworking women supporting a cause they believe is just but the whole message is rooted in 2nd wave feminism.  And she was so close with this video, so close.

Did she hit or miss?
But the narrative completely falls apart in the first scene. Perry only joins the Marines because a dude breaks her heart. She trades her pink cotton dresses for commando boots as a way to overcome pain of a a cheating boyfriend. To prove her strength she pursues something that’s a predominantly male activity and outside of something the main character’s desire.

Second wave feminism looks at sex and gender norms asking for equal parts of the same pie, essentially protesting stereotypes about women imposed by men. Whereas third wave, in this case, ought to seek a different pie all together and motivate actions outside of the gendered ideals from the beginning.

Does all the power she think she holds actually still belong to her ex-man? Challenge me on this one. How would the video’s message be different if she had chosen to join the Marines she believed in serving her country not her broken heart? So close, Katy. So close.

But she got some things right. Perry three days of intense training at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base in Oceanside, California to get her flips, jabs and underwater wrestling right. Minus the b-roll of her prancing under the flag like a country star (which is actually quite fitting), the color schemes, the angles and shots, the costuming are done quite artistically and thoughtfully.

What Katy Perry’s does well
It’s not popular in my community to like Katy Perry. Which means we don’t spend much time queuing up her videos on youtube. But they execute the philosophies of artistic (versus technological) remedation exceedingly well [Bolter & Grusin, MIT Press, and an excellent read].

In her videos we see cultural icons and old media imagery better than anything I’ve seen from pop media in the last decade and the production value is sky high compared to a Bieber video. Let’s look at her production team’s work:

California Gurls brings Candyland and, Willy Wonka, Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz new life.


ET is like a morphing of Erasure’s Always video with etherial creatures crawling around a futuristic snowy, Japan, Bjork’s All is Full of Love video with robot romance and costuming inspired by the children’s dystopian movie, Wall-E  and the psychological thriller The Cell. The female pop icons of my childhood could have never dressed, artistically in full, space cadet uniform in a beautiful way. The closest we got was Britney Spears in a red pleather jump suit.


Teenage Girl, maybe the best video of them all, is no question a homage to the part of the 80s era that her fans are just a few years too young to actually remember the epic teenager tale 16 Candles or the social makeover Cher gave Ty in Clueless.

So, dear Katy, while I hope to never hear any of your songs while I’m out dancing, I do love muting your videos and queuing up a Brahms sonata and while Snoop Dog pimps out ice cream cone buffets.
Design, Language, Music

A minimal design’s voice

white.

Design always has perspective and voice. It is always saying something and a good design’s message is intentional and thoughtful.

Three white canvases hang on a white wall aligned side by side at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. This installation could be making commentary on negative and additive space, on shadows, on meditation or virginity, or sound or color. The artists could be saying something about potential, beginnings and opportunity or the intimidation of working with huge spaces or the fear of having nothing to say. Though some would say say, these are just 3 pretentious white canvases in a famous museum and nothing more.

I visited the Pompidou twice during this trip in 2007 and neither time gathered the name of the piece. So if you know the artist or if this is actually an unfinished piece, please share.

Minimal design is not a shortcut
Minimalsts celebrate critical editing and their ability to sensitively the balance between form and function. Design should not be sparse or naked just for the sake of attempting a minimalist aesthetic. Blog themes are the worst offenders.

Dieter Rams MoMa

Minimalist designers edit for voice
We celebrate minimal design in product, layout, architecture, photography, music, dance, writing and fashion. The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams exhibit at the San Francisco MoMA did exactly that.  Minimalists pride themselves on their ability detatch themselves from their work to critique and edit. Omitting what is superflous, removing what is not required and stripping down the design is intended to result in a final product that is an exquisite sum of its best parts.

The b side of design editing is about maintaining voice. Design should still say something. Both commercial and artistic design is still about communication: what it is, where it lives, who it is for, how it can be used or and what it may be. The voice can easily be muted when essential factors are over edited.

We have more access to design software and likely more designers. Minimalist design looks easy to a novice: give it extra white space, switch the font to Helvetica and draw a thin hairline. These designs lack form, structures and constraints and therefore structure, a perspective, a voice, shape, color and membership to a system.

Minimal design executes details
Let’s analyze the Diynamic Music label art from Hamburg, Germany that does an excellent job executing a minimal design.

The records are all designed within a system; each sleeve is precisely and exactly the same as those in its family. The typography, shape, language style and material are consistent. Only the color of the sticker label and artist and track listing changes.

It’s designed with solid color blocks and matching typography. The design system is linear and predictable and its form factors are intentionally basic shapes. Minimalism gives more by challenging to the design to work with less.

Dinaymic Records

So with all of these constraints, the sleeve design still has a very distinct perspective. It speaks with a voice and attends to a message. The reel in motion would move forward voicing process and progress, the dissected shapes speak to the technical sounds of the label, the analog imagery is in conflict with synthetic electronic sounds on the record and the large black blocky image is softened with the gray background. But then all of this is disrupted with a vivid round block of bright color. This design is making an explicit statement with a unwavering perspective about what kind of music is within.

The designer here has also fantastically played with numbers:

  1. There a single main image, the audio or video reel. One.
  2. The audio reel requires a second circle to serve as its border, so the singular main image is comprised of a circle pair. Two.
  3. The rounded rectangles and punched out medium sized circles are intentionally only in tryptich. Three
  4. The reel is cut into 4 slices at shifted on the y-axis at half and fourth heights. Four.
  5. The last detail works in a partnership of 5. Three bullets run vertically down the lower spine of the reel and two stack next to each other like a set of eyes on the top right section. Three and two: Five.
These are subtle, intentional decisions designed in a rhythm. It is beautiful because it is edited and thoughtful. Minimal design especially in art and music does not usually command bold attention. The consumer can easily disregard and let the design go unnoticed or be be very cerebral and studious about its form and function. But to do the latter, you the participant has to bring something to the design conversation. Without a voice, there is no dialouge.
Minimalist design websites with perspective:

[Afterword]
I am aware this blog does not have an applied theme.
I’m working on my editing skills. I’m quite aware this post’s length.
I must share the first minimal tech house track I fell in love with. From the Mobilee Back to Back Volume 2 Compilation on the second disc, produced in Berlin, enjoy Pan Pot – What is What Remixed by Gummihz.

Design, Music

Designing in real time and not a minute later

Projector rainbowI VJed at my first party last night! I’ve been playing at home for friends for a few months until last night  when I took the first step out into the wild and exercised my digits.

VJing is a broad designation for realtime visual performance. VJing is the manipulation or selection of visuals, the same way DJing is a selection and manipulation of audio. This results in a live multimedia performance that can include music, actors and dancers.  The subject of VJ-DJ collaboration also started to become a subject of interest for those studying in the field of academic human-computer interaction (HCI).
Wikipedia

I’ve been working in Modul8 to control the live, real-time look, feel, actions, motion and mixing of projected images. My friend Sarah composes her visuals in Resolume. Curious to commit to a weapon of choice, she and I booked a design jam to trade vj notes. She then invited me to get my feet wet and tag with her for the SF Haçeteria party at Deco Lounge. Having only used Resolume twice, worked with a midi controller once, being newborn fresh to Sarah’s compositions and having never VJed with video clips, there was a high probability I would produce visuals that look like they were Winamp visualizers circa 1998. Mostly excited, slightly hesitant, I said yes.

So here’s the thing. If you want to do something, you just have to do it. That’s what the people who get things done, say. It’s a Twilio mantra and is heartfelt advice from Ira Glass‘ talk on good taste.

Glass says, quite simply:

  1. You love doing this kind of creative work, so you do it.
  2. Because you have good taste, you can see what you’re producing. But, especially in the beginning, is not very good. In fact, it’s pretty crappy.
  3. There is only one way to get better. Do work. Do a huge volume of work.
I’m thankful I was reminded of this again by Public Works’ resident VJ, Howard Wong. He advised,

I think you should lock down a gig playing out. You’re going to run into a bunch of hardware/production issues. The best way to learn is to simply dive right in.

When Sarah very graciously invited me to join her I had no choice but to say yes, even with all the Winamp fears in hand. The night went great, the vibe was killer and the DJs spun everything from Acid House to 90s Technotronic tracks. Sarah set the stage and invited me to jump in soon after and start mixing some clips. She carried the set through the main singing act. After I hopped back in and then really got into a groove. Then we tagged back and forth before Sarah closed down the night. Party-goers were taking photos in the lights and grooving until close well beyond last-call.  I recorded 6 seconds of my compositions for you:

Though I missed beat drops and confused a few layers from one another, I did it–and that was the big win. I did eventually get my bearings enough to find my rhythm and make compositions that felt like my work. I composed somethings I liked and got to say something to the world. We made that tiny little spot in the Tenderloin a better space for people to meditate and move their bodies to music.

A handful of our friends came out to see Sarah play and discovered me behind the proverbial curtain. Keep good people in your life, good things will happen. I heard words ringing in my head that I had been sprouting off to my peers launching creative endeavors. I’ve been saying, “We, we your friends, we want you to be successful. Our reflex behavior will be to support you, encourage you to grow and pursue happiness. Go do the thing that you cannot not do. We’re cheering you on. “What is more joyful than seeing people you care about find fruits and joy from their labor? And those friends did just that.

I’m humbled by the invitation to design for motion, color, sound, lights and the immediate, immersive experience for people. It’s more than I could ask for and is really really fun.

Follow visuals.ninamehta.com for my clips and book me for your party.

Design, Music

(Fiona) Apples to Apples on the new iPad 2 Case




Apple generally does a superb job choosing songs for their ads that charge our emotions. There’s an interesting story about that cute tune in the new magnetic iPad 2 case video. It was written by Fiona Apple, of all people, and titled Extraordinary Machine, of all names.

Six years after Fiona Apple wrote the album, in 2008, happy as a clam–or as happy as Fiona Apple could be– it was shot down and sent back to the drawing board. Many tracks were reproduced and rumored to be against her creative will. They were produced and arguably overproduced, before going to market. The original album ‘accidentally’ leaked to music-internet junkies across the web while American Eagle and many radio stations played the shinier, more sellable album in stores.

What does this have to do with the iPad? Not much really, but it’s an interesting back story on on a sour Apple and an Extraordinary Machine.



 Read more on Pitchfork’s music blog.

Capstone, Design, HCId, Journalism, London, Music, Poynter, Share, Travel

Make music, make friends: my social graph

I wish I had drawn out my interpretation of my social communities before I installed the new Facbeook app, Social Graph. What this app does very well is show me how my facebook friends are connected and clustered.

I ran the app, took a screen grab and began to label the clusters. When I loaded the app again, my clusters looked different. In these screen grabs I did not include some of the outliers. Most of those people are friends I made while traveling. There are so many ways to interpret my social circles. The app is slow right now and it doesn’t tell a story. But I can do that:

My Social Graph

Ultimately, what I found is that my techno community links my high school and ancestry communities the most. Media and music are still the center of my social circle here. My current job at the Office for Women’s Affairs is surprisingly barely connected to anything at all. I have two London networks that don’t overlap at all.

My Social Graph

I can see that media and music are the centrally what link me to people and my professional communities. I have strong clusters in Indiana and San Francisco that thickly overlap with my Chicago community.

My Social Graph

I found many of the outliers here to have a specific ethnic quality in common. I also had an absolutely random seeming smattering of “indian people” from all over the country in that cluster.

Overall, I’ve learned that my music communities centrally have guided my social life. I have an enormous high school network, which makes sense because I joined Facebook as soon as I graduated high school. My Bloomington music community is tightly connected to my student media groups which then led me to my job at the Star, the news design community, my Poytner Fellowship and the cluster of friends in Indianapolis who worked at Rolls Royce.

Last year, friends from my San Francisco Tech and Techno Community went to India for a wedding. They stayed with my aunts, uncles and cousins and must have friended each other. There are enough people from my high school who moved to San Francisco, listen to Techno and work in Tech, so we can see those overlaps too.

I was surprised how few links there were between my tech communities and RockMelt, but then again it makes sense because I did not get the internship by knowing someone, per say (which is quite rare). There was a 6-degrees of separation alumni connection there.

I wish I could make some sense of the random smattering of Indian people. That cluster is concentrated with Indian people I know from all over the country and world. I guess we really are all family.

I would love to search for specific friends in this app. Still, very cool. This is also the first time I got to check off every category in my tags!

Design, HCId, Music

Humans love music and stories

Music is everywhere in our world, all the time. Just like design. Once we open our ears to all the sounds, rhythms and melodies it changes the way we hear our world. I thought about this a lot during our class today.


Selma (Bjork, Dancer in the Dark) hears music everywhere. Here she is working in a factory, and of course, breaks out into song about the exact fact that she hears music everywhere.

Ignorance is bliss, but learning is fun
As we become more versed and educated in music….. or design or walking or breathing or math, it forever changes how we experience it. We can really appreciate the beauty of the world we live in. But, the magic and mystery is lost as we begin to learn. The Earth that turns, birds flying together and leaves changing color are no longer fantasty.

Eugene talked about this problem during the first week when Marty played the small cymbals. Many of us heard a sound and vibration. But, Eugene heard so much more because he has studied music. Some of the magic is lost for him but at the wonderful trade off of education and depth of knowledge.

Creative Processes
The study of HCI and the study of music overlap because they are both the study of experience. They both rely on creative processes. Writing music and designing are messy, swampy, difficult, iterative achievements. Great thinkers develop processes and exercises to teach us ways to also become great thinkers, creatives and problem solvers.

Writing is like music is like design
Music is sticky and music is fun. I went to the Poynter Institute last year for a 6-week-hyper-collaborative journalism summer program. The director, Roy Peter Clark, taught his book Writing Tools in song every Tuesday. The lessons are also available by Podcast, Tool 24: Work from a Plan, Index the big parts of your work is a great example of a writing lesson taught with a music language.

In Tool 24, Clark draws parallels between writing and music. He recommends we write with subheadings and chapter titles. “The reader who sees the big parts,” he says, “more likely to see the big story.” He’s talking about generalizations. He also discusses the process of writing and recommends sketching out big ideas first, then adding phrases and nuances later. He says, and I quote, to write with “transparency.” Then, he links all the process of writing to the architecture of writing the song Three Blind Mice. How beautiful.

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Clark asks journalists to write with transparency, labels and clarity for the reader. Make an indexed global structure, he says. I think he’s suggesting writers make an index to help readers make quick generalizations. Transparency also means to make your sources known, your process understood and your motivations clear in journalism and HCI!

Clark loves Polka. Below is a video of a fun little bit about the Media and Pennsylvania or Albania or Transylvania. I don’t quite remember. Unfortunately, my flickr video won’t embed!

Perspectives make our process messier
The HMI class reinforced Marty’s lessons on perspectives. It’s important to walk around your space and see (or hear) the experience in many different ways. Corinthe was sitting underneath a little nook by the pipes feeling the vibrations. She must have felt something much different being low to the ground in a dark place versus someone like Dave who has an incredibly different experience simply because he’s tall. I wonder what the world sounds like up there. Does he hear the world differently? Is it sunnier?

Height, everyone is a different height. That completely changes how we experience the world and it’s such a messy problem designers must think about!

Creative processes are messy but at least we get to dance around and listen to music during the cleanup.

Video of Clark & Polka: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ninamehta/2727566917/

Music for (multi)Media: Roy Peter Clark on Writing and Music