Editing as pathfinding: How to Edit a Film

(In response to Walter Mulch’s In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing.) So you make yourself comfortable in the well-equiped editing room, whether in the physical sense or whatever computing setup you use as your virtual editing room. Besides you lies a hundred feet or…

“Man is the measure”

E.M. Forester, in his short story, The Machine Stops, predicts—among many things, the prevalent paradigm of technology consumption: as a substitute for experience (or, “first-hand ideas”). Technology, he argues, can stand between man and his life—his “naked” humanity, through its persistent administration of convenient comfort. In one memorable passage, Kuno,…

How to make human-friendly everyday things, a very short introduction

Say you were asked to make or remake a piece of furniture, cutlery,  an appliance, or an electronic apparatus. You are perhaps a visual designer: you start aesthetically, exploring the palettes, textures, and patterns that interact with the visual systems…

“Most artists are converted to art by art itself”

1. It is known that if one sets out to create a new work, one will have to look in one of two directions: within or without. Such a view operates under the assumption that there is a well-defined boundary between what we carry in our psyches and what…