Hundreds of years from now, our digital data will have vanished or become lost in translation under multiple new software systems and technology. A codex was created to make sure that doesn’t happen. A collective of artists in the Netherlands, La Société, created The SKOR Codex, a book that holds digital data in binary code. Encoded within the 1’s and 0’s are sound recordings, images, and diagrams of today’s technology, trends, and cultures; the simplest of these being pictures of bikes, desks, and fax machines. As a result, eight copies of the codex are currently being made, one of them was already given to the creator of the World Wide Web himself, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and another will live at the Open Data Institute in London. Each copy is built to last for 1,000 years, a time capsule of modern times for the future. Don’t get too excited, Americans, the codex focuses mostly on European culture and the SKOR itself. Check out more about this exciting technology at The Verge.
Social media has been asking us to define ourselves from moment one with profiles, photos, and “about me” sections. Twitter is unique in that it limits the user to 160 characters – a generous 20 more than the usual 140 for a tweet.
This limit has informed the way twitter bios are written and one particular style has risen to the top. The 160 characters are usually utilized to give a rapid-fire listing of personal traits and titles. Student. Journalist. Coffee addict. And the succinct style is not just for teenagers and famous rappers. Hillary Clinton uses it to great effect.
They say that if you’re good at something, you shouldn’t do it for free. Why then, do so many artists, designers, writers, and other creative professionals constantly get sold on the idea of doing work for nebulous, undefined rewards?
“It’ll build your portfolio!”
“It’ll be great experience.”
“It’s an opportunity to get exposure!”
Unfortunately, exposure won’t pay the rent. Every time a professional gives away their work for free without impressing the value of that gift upon the recipient, some of that value is lost. It requires time, effort, and practice, like any work. So stand up for your value as a professional.
If you’re not yet swayed, read another perspective on the subject.
They say there’s a relevant xkcd for everything. They, of course, being the people of the internet, and xkcd being a popular webcomic.
This time, xkcd has set their sights on unnecessarily tall, clumsy infographics. Infographics are a relatively new genre, but they are immediately recognizable through they way they use imagery to drive a (usually data heavy) narrative or message. Examples of the genre can be seen here, here, and here.
But not every message can be squashed into a tall, skinny, graph heavy framework and while infographics are the trend du jour, they can be horribly ineffective when misused.