I’m at Flashbelt this week. Some interesting talks so far. Of particular interest to me on the first day:

  • Craig Swann presented a passionate discussion that concluded with an exhortation to fuse the physical and digital using sensors and microcontroller technologies (Arduino, etc).
  • Jeremy Thorp presented work resulting from his uniquely methodological, biologically-inspired practice and left us with a reminder that developing tools in programs like Processing can help counter big box bloat.
  • Joshua Davis presented work from his beautiful algorithmic design practice. He encouraged us to develop our own tools and resist the temptation to look at other people’s work too much.

    In general I hope speakers will move towards presenting more novel ideas, more illustrative images and less code. Ideas must lead, code will follow.