“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” —Charles Mingus (who is mingus?)

Goals/Discussion: Mimesis

Nature creates similarities. One need only think of mimicry. The highest capacity for producing similarities, however, is man’s. His gift of seeing resemblances is nothing other than a rudiment of the powerful compulsion in former times to become and behave like something else. Perhaps there is none of his higher functions in which his mimetic faculty does not play a decisive role.
— Walter Benjamin, “On the Mimetic Faculty” 1933

What is our calling as artists, is it to faithfully reflect and report the world, to change the world, to interpret it, to find patterns in it, to reject it, to use it for our own purposes, or it is something altogether different? These are some of the questions that arise in digital environments.



How to quiet the Lizard Brain.

Seth Godin: Quieting the Lizard Brain from 99U on Vimeo.


  1. Silly animation tricks
    For class next week, I would like you to implement a 10 slide ken burns effect with the estro component below and offer a visual and text based infographic about your life.  It must offer numeric and process based info. You must also link on the page somewhere to 10 other people’s projects.


To do that, you will need to know:

Along the lines of synesthesia: Digital synesthesia.

Brand U.0: David Armano, on personal branding, social media and managing your brand online.