Your life is being recorded. Right now. In all likelihood, you’re doing most of the recording. Through something on your wrist, through your smartphone, your camera, status updates, check-ins, likes, tweets, tags, hashtags, pins, uploads, downloads, comments and blog posts.
And then there’s all the recording being done by others: online trackers, cookies, banks, hospitals, ad agencies, big box stores, security cameras, turnstiles, tollbooths, ISPs, the NSA, Nielsen, and private detectives.
That is a lot of data. Your data (or, rather, data about you).
What do you do with a lifetime of data?
BLACK BOX is a personal unit of hardware created to house all the tiny pieces that comprise the “big data” picture of your life—an all encompassing vessel holding a lifetime of transactions, conversations, likes, secrets, and habits. BLACK BOX is not in the cloud. The cloud is everywhere else. BLACK BOX is the tangible, incorruptible storehouse of every cloud that holds some small part of you. Accessible only by you. BLACK BOX is a way to quantify, contextualize, analyze, and philosophize. It has all the answers. You provide the questions.
To whom (or what) are we accountable? What happens when our apps become our parole officers? What makes something meaningful? Is a moment only meaningful after the fact? Can an app parse out truth? Is the nature of truth simply an algorithm? When does truth go from philosophical treatise to validated code? Can truth be debugged? What is the difference between Enlightenment and Entertainment? How does data create empathy?
BLACK BOX A PERSONAL UNIT OF HARDWARE CREATED TO HOUSE ALL THE TINY PIECES THAT COMPRISE THE “BIG DATA” PICTURE OF YOUR LIFE
You are a liar. It’s not entirely your fault, lying is a result of socialization, a means of self-preservation, and a handy tool. Oftentimes, you don’t even realize you’re lying, because your brain is an even better liar than you are.
Fortunately, with a continuous supply of hard data accounting for nearly every moment of your life, lying, misremembering, and obfuscation are becoming harder and harder to pull off, even accidentally.
BlackBoxVerified is here to keep you honest. This BlackBox app forces you to account for your data transgressions. It looks at the records you provide—tweets, checkins, updates, etc.—and tries to corroborate them with additional evidence: bank transactions, phone records, and the like. If it can’t find time-stamped matches it asks for further proof of your claims.
Verified moments can protect you against accusations, faulty line-ups, and dubious claims. No more second guessing, appropriated memories, or trips down the memory hole. BlackBoxVerified provides rock-solid accountability, true, court-worthy alibis, and a hard look in the mirror. It is quantified truth for a duplicitous world.
Most families, at different points in their histories, have had self-selected archivists—someone to keep track of who was who, where someone was born and how they died, what exchanged hands under what circumstances, all while cataloguing the gossip, dirty deeds, and secret shames common to every family throughout time.
Unfortunately, with the onslaught of data, “productivity” tools, longer working hours, the dispersal of family members, and the passing of the old guard, it’s becoming harder and harder to rely on a single person within a clan to document and protect a family’s legacy.
BlackBoxHeirloom is designed to be the family tie that binds. The app connects and quantifies the BlackBoxes of multiple family members, pulling out repeated words and tags to identify common interests and shared memories. It can show how close or disconnected a family is, draw parallels between generations, and create a hypothetical window into the future based on the past.
BlackBoxHeirloom goes far beyond a means of keeping up your family tree. It becomes a way to create family myths, legends, alliances, and words of wisdom for generations to come.
Data is no longer delivered through isolated funnels, individually fed to us in discreet, digestible doses. Data consumption is now more akin to standing at the convergence of a few dozen waterfalls with your mouth open.
Information comes at us so fast, and in such high volume that it can be extremely hard to enjoy it in the moment. To even have a moment. To recognize that moments still exist.
BlackBox is not only for passive data collection and perusal/analysis after the fact. The app BlackBoxEnlightenment now allows you to tap into the insightful power of BlackBox to enjoy fleeting moments in the moment through metadata.
Using the massive data analysis capabilities of BlackBox and building on petabytes of past experiences, BlackBoxEnlightenment takes in the scene presented to it through your smart device and extracts digital poetry from the colors, textures, sounds, objects, and people living in the frame. These artificial interpretations can then be shared and saved, and added to a lifetime of inspired moments.
Infinite variation within a simple system. The most basic of forms—a square with a center punch—acts as both a canvas for student work and a framing device, and serves as a reminder that creative output and its inspiration are found all over. Formally, it is a pure expression of the rule of thirds, a classic compositional rule of thumb in visual arts.
A NEW IDENTITY SYSTEM FOR THE CREATIVITY CENTER INCLUDING LOGO, WEBSITE AND PROMOTIONAL COLLATERAL
I Miss My Pencil takes a voyeuristic look at the design journey to reveal what designers do daily, might get to do once, and sometimes only hope to do.
A documentary at heart, this book focuses on twelve experiments that explore the sensorial and experiential side of everyday objects, some we hold near and dear, some traditionally taken for granted. The explorations are made real through collaboration between IDEO designers and experts of all kinds—a renegade physicist, a fusion chef, a whip-smart mistress, an artisanal mechanic, among others—to go beyond the conceptual to the curiously concrete.
Think about the first few minutes of your day. You wake up, turn off your alarm, perhaps turn on a light. You roll out of bed, lift the lid, or cop a squat on the loo. You tear off a few sheets of your preferred brand of TP. You pull back the shower curtain, turn on the faucet, set the temperature and step in. Even before the water hits you, you’ve touched a dozen or so designed and branded products. If your eyes were open you’ve seen countless others. And that was just the beginning. Imagine what the rest of your day holds: your newspaper, your hair pomade, your laptop, cell phone, and those socks on your feet.
This is the stuff that surrounds us, stuff that most people don’t give a second thought to. Why should they? They see it every day. There are more important things to think about–family, work . . . life.
All this stuff represents thousands of hours,
billions of dollars, tons of raw materials, and multiple global corporations, and somewhere in that mix sits the designer. The person who woke up that morning the same way you did, went to work, and decided
that next season your sleeves would be two inches shorter, your phone would be pink metal and that coffee-shop experience you just had would be slightly different tomorrow.
That’s me; that’s what I do. Well, not the sleeve thing. But I am obsessed by those things that many people overlook, those meticulously, obsessively crafted objects that represent our personalities, memories and environments. Design can elevate and neutralize; it can shout and it can whisper.
And that brings us to what this book is about: an insight into the obsessive nature of designers. What inspires us to create, why we make certain decisions, and why going to a focus group is like attending a funeral.
A selection of chapters are excerpted below.
I MISS MY PENCIL
A BOOK ABOUT EXPLORING DESIGN BY ASKING SLIGHTLY ODD QUESTIONS
We couldn't have created the book without the talent and help of the following people:
Tom Bassett, Heidi Bauer, Paul Bennett, Bill Blasius, Ula Bochinska, Paul Bradley, Peter Bronk, Tim Brown, Caroline Bone, Gene Celso, Mimi Chun, Michael Chung, Katie Clark, Ant Creed, Soren DeOrlow, Dan DeRuntz, Cory Doctorow, Tom Eich, Brendan Farnell, Jim Feuhrer, Graeme Findlay, Gregory Germe, Roshi Givechi, Derek Goodwin, Ian Groulx, Arvind Gupta, Gerry Harris, Tony Hawks, Jude Henson-Oliver, Caroline Herter, Diem Ho, Gary Holl, IDEO, Brett Johnson, Jeewon Jung, Angie Kim, Mikkel Koser, Amy Leventhal, Sarah Lidgus, Andrea Mallard, Thomas McKay, Mistress Morgana, Whitney Mortimer, Brenda Natoli, Eli Neugeboren, Joanne Oliver, Thomas Overthun, Shana Parkes, Byron Parr, Daniel Patterson, Alan Rapp, John Ravitch, Peter Riering-Czekalla, Owen Rogers, Aaron Shinn, Ethan Silva, Doug Solomon, Eric Stangarone, Andy Switky, Rebbi Taplin, Alissia Melka-Teichroew, Peter Thomson-Smith, Meike Topefer, Scott Underwood, Marc Woollard, Eddie Wu, Andre Yousefi, Ivan Zaremba, Nicolas Zurcher.