Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Lateral thinking

world of experience
Creativity often seems to involve bringing together ideas from different realms. The Atlas of Experience, by Dutch authors Louise van Swaaij and Jean Klar, uses cartography to ‘map’ everyday experience. The book is punctuated with colour maps showing things like the city of Play, the airport at Wavering and Lust (…a road junction). The whole thing is brought together at the end of the book with the complete map: the World of Experience!

Envy. Kenichi Fujimoto, writing in Mizuko Ito’s book Personal, Portable , Pedestrian begins one paragraph like this: "Throughout the 1990s I studied the wristwatch (especially Swatch and G-Shock), the pager, and keitai as media, and I have discussed their position in society as embodiment of alien cultures." And to think (with the exception of keitai) I was simply a consumer.

[Oh, and PawSense is a software utility that helps protect your computer from cats. It quickly detects and blocks cat typing, and also helps train your cat to stay off the computer keyboard.]


  1. but what if your cat is actually trying to say something very meaningful, like 'it's time you upgraded my mobile phone'? this sounds like censorship to me.

  2. Anonymous2:08 AM

    If you don't know it, take a look at Sara Fanelli's amazing 'My Map Book' that uses collage to map aspects of a child's life, including her day, her school, her dog, and her heart.

  3. Many thanks for this Lyndsay, I have a copy on order!


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