Photo of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at today’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Spell: an adult spelling bee! (at College of General Studies)
Saw this in the Godine Gallery at MassArt. Didn’t get the student’s name though (sorry!). It’s a multimedia piece on plywood. Makes me want to dive into Illustrator again…
Anthony, doing a Hawke-impression (both the face and the permanently attached iPhone). (at Villages Of Urbana)
What a funny kid. I love him.
<3 (such as 2, -1, approaching negative infinity… math joke)
I have had this song in my head for days. I think about it every time a design client asks me to do something stupid and won’t take no for an answer.
“There’s a roooooooooooad we’ve been traveling. Lost so many along the way…”
Ke$ha’s “Die Young” music video looks like it was shot on an iPhone 3GS by a first-year art student. Ick.
Anthony, Kasia, and me celebrating Anthony’s successful Big Show! (at Beacon Street Tavern)
This week, in an effort to bring this Tumblr back for real (as previously promised) I queued seven posts and told this blog to update once a day around noon. Tumblr says that this is “the best way” to make the blog look healthy and well-updated. Never mind that I just threw down an editorial calendar that has nothing to do with current events or what I’m actually thinking when those posts go live… but I digress.
Making Things for the Web, or What Matt Inman Just Said
Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal just posted an interesting discussion about content creation. Tumblr bloggers who actually post (as opposed to those who silently “ghost”) fall into two categories: creators and sharers. Creators are the designers, photographers, writers, live experience-ers who compose hilarious or moving content that the sharers will then push around the web. Of the seven posts that I put out, I tried to make at least half of them “creator” posts and half “sharer.”
We also know by looking at Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr itself that most people who post at all are sharers, creating a raucous din of noise drowning us out with the 1,000th Instagrammed photo of someone’s food or a link to The Atlantic’s photo gallery of Hurricane Sandy photography (the same 25 photos being used everywhere, by the way).
It makes you question “constant content creation” at all. If the Internet were a barren wasteland where nothing was every being posted, then constantly updating would be valuable; there’d be a market for stuff, and you would be the stuff-er.
But that’s not the case. If 99% of the Internet shut up, it would still be too loud and too full of things for you to look at; you’d never see it all. So if I shut up and don’t post to Tumblr for another year-long hiatus, what would it matter? The void would be instantly filled. It’s not important that I put 7 days worth of posts (or 700) in my Tumblr queue, nor does it matter if they post once a day or every 10 minutes. It all gets swept away by the next round of content “creation” (read: “content sharing”) that is about to fight for your attention.
We Can’t Keep Up
The problem is that we don’t create enough content fast enough. Sharing is so much easier for bloggers who are looking to put something under their audience’s nose every day. Consider Gizmodo (or any Gawker blog). They have gotten better about crafting proper editorial and opinion pieces, but most of their efforts go toward sharing something geeky or interesting or controversial or trivial with their readers who will gobble it up mindlessly, not even bothering to check out the source link to see the original creation.
Matt Inman made a good case for creating content when you have it. Maybe I’m one of those people who he says just shouldn’t be a writer? As a graphic designer, it takes a long while to put together something worth sharing… and it’s not like it’ll necessarily get seen amongst the deluge of streamed information that fly by your faces every hour.
So I am going to let these seven posts go (one per day) and see where I am. When I have a design that I want to share, I’ll pass it on. For now, enjoy the next six posts (they’re real winners… at least, I think they are).