This month (aside from the usual excuse of being too busy and too occupied to rampantly progress my pet project), I’ve collected a bit of a thematic set of articles to share!
I did manage to complete one test, as part of my site series. The previous sketch before is on hold for the time being. I feel both exposed and sheltered from the explosion of media, stories, reviews, new content — you name it. Where do you start? (I don’t know) When does it end? (It doesn’t)
- Why Ready Player One Is a Beautiful Prophecy for the Future of VR Collaboration
A good and short read. I think the neatest point made was the notion that kids are afforded a very different learning and growing environment. The example made was how often children are fearful of making mistakes or showing vulnerability whether to their classmates or parents or whoever. But throw them in a VR environment where no one’s looking, and they’ll try and try again with no shame.
“I see an environment like the OASIS as a way for people to test, integrate, fail, make decisions, and rapidly assemble a group of people from all over the world and with different points of view to solve a problem. ”
- The Art of Architectural Storytelling, or How to Present a Building
This was a fun read, partially because of the criticism on Architectural jalingo while also providing examples and improvements on how to tell the story of your design to your everyday lay person (your client who pays you lots of money so they get what they want).
‘From day one in school, architect students are immersed in a patois of the Queen’s English, Latin tidbits, and made-up terms like “cinegrammatic,” “unsolid,” and “neo-ness.” ‘
At the end of the day, the article makes one solid point – “stories drive home emotional points” To that end, perhaps that’s why there’s a explosive interest in Blank Spaces’ Storytelling architecture competition every year. I myself entered twice, unsuccessfully, but fully convinced it is an excellent way to approach our world.
- VR in Retail: The Future of Shopping is Virtual and Augmented
A short read and an interesting one. The ideas are all very exciting in the direction of improving the retail experience. In AR, improving the experience in-store. And in VR, providing an interactive environment away from the physical location that may not be available where you are.
That’s all for now! On to the next month. I may be starting a new sketchbook soon, so perhaps I’ll be able to pivot and really focus on doodles for Artifact.