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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Two Way Street

I made a new thing at Good, Form & Spectacle with Tom, Frankie and other Tom. I'm really happy with it. It's called Two Way Street, and I've started to think of it as an exploded view of the British Museum collection.

It's a deliberate provocation, but not intended as anything other than celebratory. There's over two million things from all over the world in the museum, and it's wondrous and stunning. On the official web presence, it's also encased in an unsatisying search experience, hidden from highlights, and described by a dense (but ultimately useful) Conceptual Reference Model.

Along the theme of radical access, we've just cracked it open, and oh, what tales are tumbling out!

I've started collecting things I like on Pinterest.

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Posted at 1:43 pm

Monday, February 16, 2015

On Stage

Thanks @shona_jon, for this photo at #eurtech15.

Just gave a talk in Paris. It was fun. Here's the write-up.

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Posted at 3:32 pm

Monday, December 01, 2014

If Only The Grimms Had Known Alice

This is a follow-up from my October 6 post called Girl Archetypes. The secret is I was already working on the book, and now, it's done!

What's this? A NEW BOOK!

Woo! From the tiny germ of an idea to a finished thing! Here's the postface from the book, including a fabulous huntress and her animals, illustrated by Kevin Nichols, who made me some beautiful illustrations. It's probably the simplest explanation of why I made this.



I love fairy tales. One evening I was reading out loud from Italo Calvino's Italian Folk Tales anthology and I started switching the gender of pronouns as an exercise. I immediately found the stories more interesting. It stretched my imagination to create a woman soldier or woman scissor-grinder in my mind.

That's all this is. Princes become princesses, huntsman hunters, kings become queens. It's not an exercise to create rebel girls, although that can be cool. It's about reading stories where women exist. Some of these tales had no female characters at all.

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I've had a lot of fun over the last... six months or so, gathering stories, editing them, finding Kevin, art direction on the illustrations, laying out the book, proofreading, and finally, now, telling everyone about it.

Please do buy a copy, if you can. The stories are an interesting challenge for your imagination, and because of that, I don't think it's just for kids.

Posted at 4:07 pm

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