Desktop as dis-content

February 13, 2008

“Signs are wonderful but troublesome elements because unlike abstract ornament they require an ingredient of content and, ironically, while our information age projects lots of graphic imagery, it is still hard to organize … content.” Robert Venturi, Iconography and Electronics

It is nice to misapply Venturi, who is talking about architecture and how signs function in the landscape of cities. In the above text he’s after “a dynamic iconography for a generic architecture of surface.”

But I’m led from the commercial roadside strip, which is what he’s got in mind, to the computer screen.


[screengrab by imagineering]


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