America Today mural at the MET

THB America Today

Today I was surprised and excited to see Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today mural at the MET. When I worked in midtown I would stop by Axa’s lobby on 6th ave during my lunch break to admire the mural. So cool to see it as it was originally intended. I can just imagine sitting in a conference room discussing some trivial issue surrounded by Benton’s work. Check it out.

Skye Gilkerson at Transmitter

TRANSMITTER PRESENTS: 6 x 6
JEFF FELD, ERIK SHANE SWANSON, LYNN SULLIVAN, JOHN BOHL, SKYE GILKERSON, SANDRA ONO
FEBRUARY 20 – MARCH 28, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 6 – 9 PM

Fingers crossed that I can make it out for this show – love Skye Gilkerson’s work!

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Skye Gilkerson
Wounded in West Texas
unfolded page of the New York Times with punctuation removed, ink

Each drawing is made of an unfolded page from the New York Times, with every punctuation mark removed. The remaining paper is saturated with its own medium: black ink, leaving a cosmos of blank spaces. Each piece represents one month of the past year; the titles are drawn from the unseen text of each page, zooming into specific content from that day, ranging from individual tragedies and victories to world wide events.

Library of Water | Roni Horn

RONI HORN
VATNASAFN / LIBRARY OF WATER
Stykkishólmur, Iceland
June – August (1PM-6PM)
Unfortunately the library was closed during our time in Stykkisholmur but I did manage to get a few shots from the exterior.

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For the past 30 years, the work of Roni Horn has been intimately involved with the singular geography, geology, climate and culture of Iceland. Library of Water is a long term installation including three related collections of water, words, and weather reports. The installation is housed in a former library building in the coastal town of Stykkisholmur, Iceland.

Water, Selected is a constellation of 24 glass columns containing water collected from ice from some of the major glaciers around Iceland. The glass columns refract and reflect the light onto a rubber floor embedded with a field of words in Icelandic and English which relate to the weather – inside or outside. The sculpture installation offers a space for private reflection whilst accommodating a wide variety of community uses.

 

MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC

Billion-Dollar UX:
How UX Has Become Key to Massive Product Valuations & Exits

I went to this MITEF hosted event last night to learn more about how UX has become key to startups with billion dollar valuations (or close to a billion). There were no surprise case studies here: UBER, Google Now, Nest, Foursquare, AirBnB, SquareSpace, FitBit, Warby Parker, and General Assembly. Since I’m new to the start up world, I was hoping to glean some information about UX strategies for startups. I didn’t get much insight on UX strategies for startups but there were a few takeaways from the distinguished panelists. Please find my rough notes below.

Tomer Sharon
Senior User Experience Researcher at Google Search

  • Fall in love with the problem not the solution.
  • Not only the “problem” but “how much do we care about the problem”. For example, Nest found a problem that people really care about, safety.
  • Focus on 3 things:
      What do people need?
      What do people want? (different from need)
        Can they use it? (product)

Karen Kranack
Global Executive Director of User Experience
Estee Lauder Online

  • Are we on the cusp of a bubble?
  • Need to look for more “correct” design solutions
  • There is an increase crossover between real world and digital world (e.g. UBER)
  • Disrupt existing models
  • Offer convenient, fast services (e.g. dropbox)
  • Mobile is critical so Mobile First!
  • Focus on images because users do not read
  • Social is an imperative. Your content has to be shareable
    (e.g. Tango and WeChat)
  • “set it and forget it” attitude

Scott McDonald
Founder Modus Associates

  • “put it up fast and then iterate” – we really can’t do this anymore. Why? Because companies are coming to market with more refined products so there is less forgiveness by users right now.

Turi McKinley
Participatory Design Director at frog design, Inc.

  • designers are learning from enterprise
  • be more humble
  • we are redefining what “good” means
  • you can improve UX over time (iterations)

 

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