Chinese artist Li Liao’s latest project is equal parts conceptual and journalistic. He did something Mike Daisey never quite accomplished: Li got a job at one of the Foxconn plants in Shenzhen that manufacturers most of Apple’s products and worked there for 45 days, undercover, inspecting circuit boards. With the wages he earned, he bought the product of his labor — an iPad.
You don’t really want your maps to be “artistic” renderings of reality, we all prefer them accurate, but the recent release of Apple’s iOS6 maps is proving more artistic fiction rather than fact.
At their hyped-as-ever product launch yesterday, Apple announced the iPhone 5, a new version of the classic that’s longer, thinner, and lighter. The new phone is four inches long (adding 176 pixels to the height of the display), has a faster internet connection, and a better processor. So why do I feel like we’re constantly getting short shrift as consumers with technology updates like this?
LOS ANGELES — Entering an Apple Store is a predictably seductive experience. The crisp, minimalist setup resembles an art gallery, but the lively crowds of people and curious clicks suggest the magic works. It’s a far cry from most electronics stores.
LOS ANGELES — I’ve been with Apple since the very early days, long before the iMac and iPad changed things forever for the company. I still remember the black and white graphical user interface of yesteryear, with flat white folders and a gray trash scan.
Some days Jason Kottke effortlessly proves why he is the elder statesman of the link blog, and today is one of those days. He points to a post by architect-turned-techie David Galbraith that compares Steve Jobs and Norman Foster, who is designing the new Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. It’s worth noting that Galbraith once worked for Foster.
This week, architect Frank Lloyd Wright talks about the corner window, which he says is “an idea conceived early in my work that the box is a fascist symbol,” the mess that Mark Rothko’s suicide created, the first signs of street art about the UK riots, discovering work from the master of correspondence art, even the treat of death won’t deter copyright infringement, Doris Salcedo on memory in art, more detailed plans for Apple’s new HQ and a geographically accurate map of the London tube.
This week, Steve Jobs presented Apple’s plans to create a four-story glass donut-shaped building on a 148-acre site to the Cupertino City Council. Jobs says that Apple plans to build an office building that will house up to 13,000 employees and something that “architecture students will come here to see.”
The great dynastic rulers of history have always called upon the best architects of their time to design their monuments and capital cities. iMagnate Steve Jobs is no different: Apple will work with British starchitect Norman Foster to design the company’s new campus in Cupertino, California, rumored to be named “Apple City.”
Robert Longo is the king of that detached world of 80s über-cool, though in retrospect the whole “movement” (if we can call it that) was nothing like its PR. Sure, one could be fooled into thinking that Longo’s corporate figures writhing out of control were comments on the culture of the time, perhaps even foreboding what was to come — Reaganomics, corporate avarice, an extreme form of alienation — but did we really think it would lead to advertisements for Bottega Veneta?