I feel love is something that emits light from small things and comes in ways that we can easily overlook in our daily lives. So I work to find little moments of ordinary love and translate them into illustrations and animations.
For the content you will use the results of your Uncreative Daisy Chain. Each load of the site will display one set from your final 25 compositions. You may re-evaluate your daisy chain to create more or less text or images but the entirety of both components should fit on a single screen. Remember, consider the idea of quality through quantity. Not every result will be good but through quantity we can see the range and relationships of the overall series. Just like in the daisy chain, the relationship between the image and text and more so between pairs is the value of the project, not the individual results.
The first cultural device was probably a recipient... Many theorizers feel that the earliest cultural inventions must have been a container to hold gathered products and some kind of sling or net carrier.
With or before the tool that forces energy forward, we made the tool that brings energy home.
If it is a human thing to do to put something you want, because it's useful, edible, or beautiful, into a bag, or a basket, or a bit of rolled bark or leaf, or a net woven of your own hair, or what have you, and then take it home with you, home being another, larger kind of pouch or bag, a container for people, and then later on you take it out and eat it or share it or store it up for winter in a solider container or put it in the medicine bundle or the shrine or the museum, the holy place, the area that contains what is sacred, and then next day you probably do much the same again—if to do that is human, if that's what it takes, then I am a human being after all. Fully, freely, gladly, for the first time.
A book holds words. Words hold things. They bear meanings. A novel is a medicine bundle, holding things in a particular, powerful relation to one another and to us.
Conflict, competition, stress, struggle, etc., within the narrative conceived as carrier bag/belly/box/house/medicine bundle, may be seen as necessary elements of a whole which itself cannot be characterized either as conflict or as harmony, since its purpose is neither resolution nor stasis but continuing process.
— themes that are important to me, research
() softer, more ambiguous moodboards and atmospheres
* practice, intentional channels: will move stuff from
_ (visual reference) in the past to these. these will be regularly revisited and reflected on
<> partially hidden channels: for processing, queue, misc notes
key through late June 2021
— cool themes 
_ visual reference
() atmospheres, moodboards
: resources, " : " to branch
* bud, hopeful
? learning about design
+ tactile things, reflections on craft and making
! important links
– sub branch that isnt part of the tree
/ backlog, paused
taking visuals in 1ness to the absolute extreme: a book that's (semi)transparent, embodies Apple design values, "soft techwear", a useless book possibly without any content, based entirely on its structure and aesthetic alone; exquisite corpse (literally)
see notes from https://www.are.na/block/12915697
making consumption an aesthetic experience
scrubbed clean (Hans Bellmer, Glossier, "pampering"), opposites (see Camille)
revisit BIPOC Design History, on iteration and grids. look for notes on those lectures
"International Design" — misguided modernist notion that international meant all people, rather than multinational corporations. the design greats are usually those that have made consumption an aesthetic (?) experience. —— and then from there, young aspiring designers think that this corporate template/outlook is one used for personal expression (phantom portfolios), which makes it all the more confusing
again: what economic relations are at play
consider papercutting (剪纸) as flat artmaking — it animates a space, makes it 3d, rather than staying flat? a convenient opposite would then be that frosted glass gives you the illusion of three dimensionality when it actually insists on more flatness (the bodily interaction of tapping glass)
what about the Lascaux paintings — they are more than flat — ?
the aftermath of modernist architecture, as a form of colonization in Africa: lack of attention to material impact of the thing you're making; waste is not a problem. encourages us to take up space without reflection
the illusion of (excessive, there for the sake of itself) whitespace, of the frontier: that this is all for you
read Vibrant Matter by Jane Bennett, Robin Wall Kimmerer — on animism; is it possible to remove the anthropocentric lens?
If a teen is drawn to early web aesthetics, it is not out of a nostalgia for their youth. It is, instead, a yearning for a time from before they even existed, a time they can only imagine. That seems hella old to me, and hella folksy.
I think we are drawn to the aesthetics of the early web because it feels authentic and human, like a chair made by hand or a band playing only for the love of it. And if our modern lives are defined by the omnipresence of the internet, then idolizing Geocities pages could be seen as a way of connecting to our roots. So building a website from scratch, with hard-coded gif animations and a web-ring, is now part of the back-to-the-land tradition.