oh how I missed you tumblr.
oh how I missed you tumblr.
Making daily images — whether in a sketchbook or with an iPhone camera — makes people look closer at their worlds. And that’s a good thing.
Filters? Filters are great. If I want reality, I’ll go stand at the DMV.
The same people who complain about Instagram filters would tell Jimi Hendrix to get rid of his distortion pedals. “Keep it real, Jimi!”
Ivan Gayton on geeks and primitive fieldworkers: a tale of two cultures
As a project manager for MSF, a medical emergency humanitarian agency, I attended this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, in the company of a friend and collaborator from Google who is involved in crisis mapping. We gave a presentation on some mapping work we had done together, and inevitably we discussed the differences and similarities in our geek (high-technology) and primitive fieldworker (humanitarian) cultures.
At SXSW we had the chance to share that cultural crossover with a broad audience of geeks, fieldworkers, and an assortment of others, all of whom shared an interest in the intersection of humanitarian work and technology. My main take-home message was: we are not alone. We humanitarians tend to take pride in our ability to deal with problems by stretching our ingenuity and using only what is available in the field. My friend from Google was astounded at what we do with spreadsheets, saying “I didn’t think that this could be done without software coding capacity.” We use spreadsheets as databases, stock management systems, maps, payroll systems, and sketchpads.
Humanitarians need tools and information, particularly during crises. The tech world is bursting with possibilities to provide just that, often free of charge and with an astonishing level of professionalism. I hope that this meeting of cultures continues to deepen and that the early promise of these innovations translates to real benefit to the populations in crisis that we serve.
My new favorite Summer jacket.
Absolutely no lining whatsoever.
reminds me of piombo
The creators disrupting old media aim to be hired by the the film studios, television networks, publishing houses, and newspapers they challenge. Creative tweeters angle for sitcoms, bloggers dream of scoring gigs at magazines and newspapers (the Gawker career path of yesteryear was a position at New York Magazine), and single-serving Tumblrs still hope for book deals. Even passion projects of creative professionals take this route: Portlandia and Children’s Hospital started as internet shows before IFC and Cartoon Network declared them cable worthy.
Media companies turn to such proven online properties and talents to save on development costs. Yet nothing is done to improve their increasingly creaky forms of distribution, whose dwindling returns ate into the development budget in the first place. So sitcoms fail, coffee table books flop, magazines go under, and creators are fired. Unlike the developer that spins an app into a lasting business, these artists earn only a meager fee or a brief job.
The problem is there’s no App Store for writers, directors, photographers or comedians. They’re stuck a generation behind software developers, only now entering a shareware-esque era of free podcasts, blogs, and videos funded by donations from a small segment of their audience.
Creators need an App Store equivalent, one which handles business details, provides an audience, and allows them to earn money for their work. There’s tremendous economic value waiting to be unlocked.