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By Sachit Bhat

3MinSB - Issue #50: Final Design Issue

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February 18 · Issue #50 · View online

Thoughts on life and the everyday.


Hello world and welcome back!
I started The Big Day on Netflix this past week. If you’ve seen Indian Matchmaking, you may already have strong preconceptions regarding ‘customary’ Indian traditions - for better or for worse. The aggrandizement of the mundane alongside Netflix’s signature reality-tv flair can divert attention from the concrete cultural elements the shows do attempt to portray.
The Big Day explores the design and building of Indian weddings, from the sets and storylines to the cultural additions. It’s highly entertaining, but I wanted to focus on a single line that stuck out from the first episode: during a drapery selection scene, the bride remarks, ‘I want to see human error on this - when you paint, there are imperfections, there are little small lines that I want to see that aren’t straight.’ I am not one to remember lines from movies, but these closely resembled the concept of Wabi-Sabi, which I’d been wanting to incorporate for many months now.
The concept is simple, though carries its complexities. It represents a worldview in which one accepts and appreciates the imperfections and naturality of the world. From UTNE:
Broadly, wabi-sabi is everything that today’s sleek, mass-produced, technology-saturated culture isn’t. It’s flea markets, not shopping malls; aged wood, not swank floor coverings; one single morning glory, not a dozen red roses. Wabi-sabi understands the tender, raw beauty of a gray December landscape and the aching elegance of an abandoned building or shed. It celebrates cracks and crevices and rot and all the other marks that time and weather and use leave behind. To discover wabi-sabi is to see the singular beauty in something that may first look decrepit and ugly.
You may be familiar with this concept in relation to Japanese ceramics, in which the asymmetry or discolorations are the imperfections that are so heavily valued and appreciated. I’ve found the phrase increasingly prevalent as our society continues to improve and innovate on the old, replacing our imperfect counterparts with digital and physical applications devoid of errors. In many regards, optimization is crucial for success and the advent of digital counterparts has transformed our productivity. But these improvements begin to eat away at and influence our views on the natural pieces of life that don’t follow the same curve. Art that has its own humanistic traits and imperfections. Ingredients and dishes that have additional coloring or odd shapes. ‘Flaws’ in ourselves are really just unique traits. We begin to yearn for a society and world that is free of inefficiencies and imperfections, with perfect solutions for both external and internal affairs. The state of our overall progress has created a misaligned proxy for measuring our natural state of flow - there are imperfections in the system that should and can be fixed. But in many creative pursuits and thinking-based outlets, the imperfections are what mold the beauty.
If you’re looking for perfect investment; you’ll never be able to invest.
If you’re looking for perfect spouse; you’ll never get married.
If you’re looking for perfect job; you’ve to remain unemployed.
If you’re looking for perfect life; you’ll never enjoy living.
Issue 50!

Redefining UX
I’m still fuzzy on the general principles of solid digital design and usability, but continue to find appeal in the methods used to devise a design-centered strategy for building products. I thoroughly enjoyed this article, both in the way it depicts the role of UX as well as how the function has adapted over time. The line between user exploitation and user experience can get muddy and overlap, especially as interfaces continue to abstract away from business objectives and potential exploitative strategies.
How To Put Faith in UX Design | Scott Berkun
Photography
I am not one to share generic photography links, but these are absolutely stunning. I also made ‘Falling Softly’ my background image. Do check out.
30 Photographs of the Most Beautiful Places in the World
AI Artwork
Applications of artificial intelligence have continued to expand in scope, beyond predictive analysis or grouping. In a previous issue, I wrote about GPT-3 and its ability to create poems and fictional novels, and the trend has continued into artistic representations. It starts to bend our interpretations of art and monetary value, whether it stems from the artistic process itself or the final outcome. Does an innovative visual generative algorithm (shown below) carry more value than a human devised painting?
Rather than working off ‘generative’ networks, the Art and Artificial Intelligence Lab are working on creations that rely on ‘creative’ networks rather than ‘generative’ networks, programmed to build novel new works rather than emulate what has already been.
Take a guess at what you think the painting below was sold for at Christie’s art auction. 🤭
Is Artificial Intelligence Set to Become Art’s Next Medium?
Thank you all for reading! Until next week.
-SB
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