Class 12: Art and Commerce

“Creating your own blog is about as easy as creating your own urine, and you’re about as likely to find someone else interested in it.” – Lore Sjöberg

Lets delve into Art and Commerce, the marketplace, the allure of mammon.  Lets talk about about the influence of commerce upon art in general but about how digital art and design in specific is being affected by the marketplace.

The idea that money, patronage and trade automatically corrupts the wells of imagination is a pious fiction, believed by some utopian lefties and a few people of genius such as (William) Blake but flatly contradicted by history itself” – Robert Hughes.







  1. Please post an entry to the blog that compares 4 (FOUR) talent placement agency’s websites.
  2. Make a short animation using this jquery plugin
    • introduce yourself (Hi I am a designer, name is DUDE.)
    • Explain the kind of work you do – your goals and what you aspire to.
    • Show some work.
  3. The Extended Homework Assignment you have all been waiting for! Continue your projects – make sure you speak with me about your project or else everything may go horribly awry.

Related: Usability in Architecture
I.M. Pei on why the Louvre pyramid isn’t a pyramid, the number of bathrooms and what it means when a Museum “works”.

Something to make because you have so much free time:
Maybe you should make your own online museum?
The Museum of Broken Relationships

real nice.
not so nice. but informative.
a general history of general computing:

Class 7: Medium, Rare

“All things are difficult before they are easy.” – Dr. Thomas Fuller



“normal” flow versus non-normal, I guess.  An exercise for the beginning of class:

<div style="width:200px;margin:5px;border:solid thin black;">
This is the first div. It's 200 pixels wide with a 5px margin around it.

<div style="width:390px;height:20px;margin:10;border:solid thin black;">
This is a wider div.

<div style="width:400px;margin:15px;border:solid thin black;">
This is a div that's a bit wider than the second one.




“The Medium is the Message” How does this medium change the process of doing art? How is it different for you, what are some of the differences that matter?

“The Medium is the Message” (more)

Paola Antonelli

Tim Brown (Design Thinking, Ideo)
Tim Brown asks, where do good ideas come from?  What is inspiration, what does empathy offer us?

“Not so long ago, Tim Brown recounts, designers belonged to a “priesthood.” Given an assignment, a designer would disappear into a back room, “bring the result out under a black sheet and present it to the client.” Brown and his colleagues at IDEO, the company that brought us the first Apple Macintosh mouse, couldn’t have traveled farther from this notion.

At IDEO, a “design thinker” must not only be intensely collaborative, but “empathic, as well as have a craft to making things real in the world.” Since design flavors virtually all of our experiences, from products to services to spaces, a design thinker must explore a “landscape of innovation” that has to do with people, their needs, technology and business. Brown dips into three central “buckets” in the process of creating a new design: inspiration, ideation and implementation.”

Tim Brown on Change By Design from IDEO on Vimeo.



  1. Please post an entry in your blog.  Take a screenshot of your favorite site and explain why – in a full paragraph at least – you like it so much.
  2. Revise your eCard, animate it, make it wiggle and shine.  Finish it for next week.
  3. We will meet at 10 PM ONLINE next sunday night for a 1 hour class that focuses on gamesalad.  Make sure you are ready.

Street Art: D*Face

Critical Cultural Concept: Community,
Collaborative art
As Social Media in the form of facebook and twitter, for instance, change the face of how we interact with the web, how might that change art?

Something Cool

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Interactive Website

After scoping a few interactive sites that actually managed to distract me for a minute, I found this:

Initially I just loved the style of illustration used. However, I’m mostly intrigued by the complexity of the site. As soon as the page loads, things start moving and music starts playing. After a quick sweep of the mouse over the illustration, one finds that there are messages that pop up when you mouse-over the characters. The bottom banner that serves as the navigation bar for the site is unique and cleanly designed. Another interesting aspect of the site that I don’t think I have ever seen before is the floating “Tell A Friend” button. The illustration depicts the button as a cute hot air balloon. It’s exciting that as the balloon moves across the page, it can be clicked at any point. I’m glad to see that the Got Milk campaign is still going strong and that they are incorporating fresh interactivity into their website!