Keyword: Tools

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TransFeed / Sylvain Jule

„TransFeed investigates the agregation, confrontation and archival of online documents.

TransFeed implies that if knowledge is information put into movement, manipulated, it is necessary to find places that allow this manipulation. Its purpose is to initiate a reflection on the forms that would suit this tool, and to question the levels of relation between texts.“

http://transfeed.io/en

New Interfaces for Textual Expression / Allison Parrish

„New Interfaces for Textual Expression is a series of devices intended to create and manipulate text. Analogous to contemporary work in the field of New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), New Interfaces for Textual Expression are intuitive but not literal: they map gestures not to characters (as with conventional writing devices, such as the keyboard and the pen), but to broader manipulations of language and layout. The devices suggest new syntaxes for composing, reading, and performing text.“

http://www.decontextualize.com/projects/nite/

Automatic.ink

„Automatic.ink is a platform for algorithmic literature. Automatic.ink was designed around the following question : “What would an algorithmic literary writing tool look like?” … Many excellent “e-lit” tools, languages and libraries already exist for algorithmic literature (cf. Twine, RiTa, Fungus, …). Many of these tools, however, do not focus on the writing act, and require using development tools during the actual process of writing. … For the Automatic.ink platform, we instead focused on a writing tool that a poet might find compelling, and would therefore evolve out of an interface dedicated to the modular written word. As the research project evolved, our goal slowly evolved into a writing tool for text-based algorithmic literature, associated with a “programming language for poets” named AutomaticWriting<>.“

http://automatic.ink

The Crossing Machine / Graziana Dammacco & Davide Giorgetta

„The Crossing Machine is a mind tool conceived to stimulate the creation of new publishing artifacts. The main purpose of the project is to investigate technologies and publishing from a post-digital perspective and to propose new methodologies for producing self-reflective works.“

http://www.thecrossingmachine.tk

Critical Interface Toolbox / Interface Manifesto

„THE CRITICAL INTERFACE TOOLBOX unfolds as an online resource that exposes experimental methodologies, practices, and tools aimed at enhancing critical thought towards the actual configuration of the Interface.“

https://crit.hangar.org/toolbox/

Manifesto for a critical approach to the user interface

Guy Königstein

http://www.guykoenigstein.com/inaccurate_rulers.html

http://www.guykoenigstein.com/excavations.html

Grind the Gap / Plaatsmaken

http://www.plaatsmaken.nl/

Jupyter Notebook

„The Jupyter Notebook is a web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and explanatory text.“

http://jupyter.org

Gingko

Writing environment with strong focus on structure.

https://gingkoapp.com

ThingLab (1978) / Alan Borning

One of the first constraint-oriented simulation programs.

Video Demo
Online Version

Apparatus / Toby Schachman

„… is a hybrid graphics editor and programming environment for creating interactive diagrams.“

http://aprt.us

Griffograaf

A Hardware Controller for InDesign

http://griffograaf.xyz

Binder

Web framework to link contents from different online services together.

http://thisisourwork.net/binder/

Of Instruments and Archetypes / Unfold

„Through this project, measuring becomes something without numbers, but with accurate precision; measuring becomes making.“

http://unfold.be/

Prepositiontools / Martin Avila

„…I designed prepositiontools to explore the potential of grammatical prepositions to analyse, ideate and materialise design proposals…“

http://www.martinavila.com/

Pens as „natural“ input

Fidelity and minimal latency as the thresholds for analogueness of digital media?

http://www.wired.com/

BackStory / Floria Kräutli

Interactive tool/piece that visualizes editing processes on text archives (Wikipedia articles in this case).

projects.kraeutli.com/
www.icaphila.org/

Medieval Books / Erik Kwakkel

Nice blog about medieval book culture and reading practices. Especially interesting for example a post about bookmarking techniques.

http://medievalbooks.nl

TransparentTools / Jesse Howard

„A family of household appliances that presents a future scenario in which users are actively involved in producing, repairing, and modifying their own products.“

FreeD / MIT Media Lab

http://video.mit.edu/

Glassified Ruler / MIT Media Lab

Digitally augmented physical tool.

http://www.creativeapplications.net/

Future Tools Blog

http://blogs.lgru.net/ft/

Commonplacing

„Commonplace Books“ – organised notebooks – as technology of „Personal Knowledge Management“ since 15th century. How can diverse fragments of knowledge be recorded and organised in a way to reliably recover them and at the same time stimulate creative recombinations?

Luna Maurer

Questions digital tools in the design process, relationship human and machine, freedom and limitations. She designes systems with defined limits and rules to create space for unexpected things (Conditional Design Collective).
Other topics: creation of own digital tools, co-design with algorithms, man-machine-friction/-adaption, productive glitch and space for imperfection in digital technologies.

http://poly-luna.com (see interview e.g.)

Visualization as tool for productivity / Let’s focus

Let’s focus is an example for a bunch of visualization tools, that should streamline and raise efficiency of communication processes in the context of management and business. The improved productivity is proofed with scientific studies (see Prof. Martin Eppler). The tool is interesting as it provides a set of (partly weird) visual metaphors that want to enable people without special „visual competence“ to take structured notes of meetings e.g. Maybe the tendency to formalize and exploit a kind of visual thinking / diagrammatic reasoning for means of productivity.

http://de.lets-focus.com

Open Source Publishing

„OSP (Open Source Publishing) is a graphic design collective that uses only Free, Libre and Open Source Software. Closely affiliated with the Brussels based foundation for art and media Constant, OSP aims to test the possibilities and realities of doing design, illustration, cartography and typography using a range of F/LOSS tools.
Since 2006, we investigate the potential of F/LOSS in a professional design environment. We do not expect to find (or offer!) the same experience as the ones we are used to. In fact, we are interested in experimenting with everything that shows up in the cracks.“

http://ospublish.constantvzw.org/

Interview
http://www.spc.org/fuller/interviews/open-source-publishing-interview-with-femke-snelting/

Jonathan Puckey


Strong usage of generative techniques and self made tools in graphic design projects. Co-responsible for Scriptographer.

http://jonathanpuckey.com
http://scriptographer.org

Toys, Tricks and Tools

„Es wird gespielt, getrickst und getan — und zwar mit allerhand Werkzeug. Wann wird aus einem Gestalter ein Ingenieur der nur auf Grund seiner Apparaturen, Erfindungen und Kniffe ein Versprechen auf Individualität abgeben kann? Ist die Herstellung einer Maschine, einer definierten Herangehensweise der konzeptionelle Befreiungsschlag gegen eine glattgedachte Allgemeingestaltung? Oder ist sie bloss ein Kunstgriff um sich aus der Verantwortung zu stehlen? Sind Gestalter moderne Alchimisten? Wie kritisch auch immer man sich diesem Thema nähern mag, unbestritten bleibt, dass diese Toys, Tricks und Tools eine Faszination ausstrahlen die weit über die simple Stilsicherheitsfrage hinausreichen.“

Designblast 2011

Astrom / Zimmer

Develop tools for non-linear text production, information search and new forms of knowledge organization. They experiment with interface concepts and ways of associating information to enable new forms of dealing with knowledge, often especially personal knowledge systems.

http://astromzimmer.com