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Code: The Hidden Language Behind Everything We’re Doing at ITP.

I’ve seen that two other people have already written about this book (one being my applications partner, which makes this post clearly very late but I wanted to finish the book), and though they’ve written wonderful things about the subject, I wanted to update what they’ve said with a concept that I took from the […]

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The Free Everything Movement

This pretty much sums it up: Moglen goes on a rant about the evils of capitalism and the wonders of the open source movement. What he proposes is not practical for the world (as it is today) because the open source ideology that helped foster innovation in previous decades does not scale globally. Networks like […]

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Emotional Design: Why We Love (Or Hate) Everyday Things [continued]

I also read Donald A. Norman’s Emotional Design: Why We Love (Or Hate) Everyday Things and was struck by how much the design of modern products has changed from when the book was published in 2005.

Like the other commenters & reviewers noted, the book was published right before the launch of the iPhone, which could arguably be […]

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Closure in the World of Comics

I used to read comics when I was younger – most often Archie comics or X-Men comics. I was fascinated by the stark contrast they provided to books; in a way, they felt more intriguing. I was drawn by the color; the life-like characters; the over-the-top dialogue. Little did I know that I was being drawn by so […]

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The Design of Everyday Things


The Design of Everyday Things made me re-evaluate all those hours of hair-pulling anxiety when one of my parents asked for help with a new gadget and I could’t even find the power switch. In the past, whenever I found myself stuck trying to get a piece of equipment to work, I repeated […]

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O Rly?: Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means by

I purposely did not read Adam’s post before writing mine, so apologies for anything repeated. I wanted to preserve my ideas about the book while writing.

Before I vent my frustration at the oversights of this book, I’ll give you a fairly unbiased summary of Barabasi’s book. Linked gives readers a detailed account […]

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Straight While Male is the Lowest Difficulty Setting

Reading the essay “Straight White Male is the Lowest Difficulty Setting” after reading Steve’s response and after the class where the racial slur was written has had me thinking a lot about privilege, culture, and gender. The lack of gender parity in the technology field is pretty apparent (even if Marissa Meyer of Yahoo doesn’t think it’s […]

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Understanding Comics

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The Life and Death of Great Open Source Cities

By Will Canine

I read Jane Jacob’s Life and Death of Great American Cities.

She writes it as she is lives an intensely connected urban life in Greenwich Village. She exchanges secret, knowing nods with the grocer and organizes neighborhoods to fight off city planners like Robert Moses that would redesign her and her neighbors’ […]

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The User Illusion

It’s often hard to remind myself what is the purpose of doing what I am doing. Why did I come to this particular school for? Why do I want to study “interactivity” and people connectivity? What is the core idea behind “interaction”? “The User Illusion” intrigued me with its title first and but the further […]