"One of the things I learned about the world of art, is there are people who really want to believe in magic, that artists are supernatural beings—there was some guy who could walk up and do that. But art is work like anything else—concentration, physical pain."
I think the true meaning of the selfie is obvious: it’s a rebellion against traditional photography. Photographers have always posed their victims for portaits. In the Victorian age, this meant staying still for a long time, frozen as if dead. For my family in the 1970s, “having your picture taken” was still a formal, awkward experience.
The camera objectifies, it chills. It intrudes. Or it did until now: in the age of the selfie, the camera has become part of us. We take so many shots there’s no gap between life and art. It is a moment of democratic genius to realise you don’t need to pose for someone with a camera, you can just turn the camera on yourself.
This is part of the break-up of the disciplines of 19th- and 20th-century life. The modern world between 1800 and 1990 was not a constellation of freedoms. As historians such as CA Bayly and Michel Foucault have argued, it emerged as a set of disciplines. From the passport photo to the family snapshot, the camera has largely been an instrument of social control, “stealing souls” and imposing identities.
The selfie is a revolution against the camera’s tyranny. It puts the person being photographed in control of the photograph. It is an art of freedom."
"Just like any material, screens have affordances. Much like wood, I believe screens have grain: a certain way they’ve grown and matured that describes how they want to be treated. The grain is what gives the material its identity and tells you the best way to use it. Figure out the grain, and you know how to natively design for screens."
"Each level of abstraction becomes an opportunity to make work more efficient, communicate more clearly, and assist understanding. Of course, abstractions also become chances to complicate what was clear, slow down what was fast, and fuck up what was perfectly fine."