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In Real Life

That’s me, about five minutes ago, in real life. I was inspired to take this picture (and not care if it looks great) after reading an insightful post from Russell Davies about how screens are getting boring. He elaborates:

It’s really hard to impress anyone with stuff on a screen any more. However clever you’ve been. However much thought you’ve put in. However good the tech is. No-one’s impressed. They’ve all seen better stuff in ads and movies anyway – when will onscreen stuff be as good as that? Whereas doing stuff in the real world still seems to delight and impress people. Really simple stuff with objects looks like magic. Really hard stuff with screens still just looks like media.

I completely agree. I was lamenting to a friend recently that I am always disappointed when I see scientific renderings these days- they are always way less impressive that the illustrations that artists used to do by hand. For example, most renderings of dinosaurs are done digitally these days, but I much prefer the old hand-painted illustrations, however inaccurate they may be.

Here are a couple examples of graphics that embrace the IRL sensibility (Click the images to see more. The second one is a video.):

What say the Newfangled designers??

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