The Scanadu Scout is an impressive first cut at a real-life Star Trek tricorder. I take a first look at this groundbreaking device over on the Timeless Boulevard blog. Read the post and let me know what you think…
My friend Eric Byler just rescued his film Americanese from distribution purgatory, with a pay-per-view release on Comcast this month and a new crowd-funded project to release it on DVD.
Take a look at the new site we just launched for the film and DVD release…
The social and political divisions in America seem to be worsening, and the resulting conflict and paralysis are increasingly destructive in the face of enormous challenges. That’s why I’ve been helping with a new film project called Story of America. The goal is to foster dialogue by sharing our stories — after all, the first necessary step to bridging any divide is to at least see each other as human beings again, with all the troubles, tragedies and joys that we have in common.
Since I wrote about the upcoming DVD release of 9500 Liberty in my last post here, I thought it might make sense to actually include a portfolio section about the project, too. I’ve also included a brief section on the web site for Declaration Pictures, an independent film production company.
When I was working with filmmakers Annabel Park and Eric Byler on the documentary 9500 Liberty in 2009, America was at an inflection point in its immigration policy. Action at the national level was paralyzed by rigid opposition on the right and distracted timidity on the left. At the same time, mushrooming unemployment and economic uncertainty created a feverish hothouse environment where proponents of harsh laws against undocumented workers were finding traction among state and local legislatures. The film dropped at just the right moment to inform the debate with its depiction of the unintended negative social and economic consequences of such legislation in Virginia, and audiences in 42 cities across the country were responding to its compelling story.
Alas, in a series of consequences-be-damned, politics-above-all decisions, such laws came to pass in a number of states. These draconian policies — even more severe than the one documented in the film — have already been signed into law in Arizona, Alabama, Georgia and elsewhere, stressing communities and bringing the first taste of billions in economic disruption as people vote with their feet to find friendlier places to call home.
It’s in this climate that the DVD of 9500 Liberty is being released on November 29. Unfortunately as relevant and prescient as ever, it continues to tell an important story of lessons previously learned, even as the continuing debate, court challenges and social-economic consequences unfold.
As a one-time haunter of every bookstore and library that crossed my path, the design was a natural opportunity to celebrate the special bond between a reader and his beloved books and authors — a place to let titles entice with their sell-a-book-by-its-cover splash while allowing the underlying dignity of the medium to glow beneath the dazzle.
We received the authors’ copies of Deconstructing Product Design recently, and the books’ contributors should have their copies as well. It’s good to see it bound and printed, and we’re quite happy with the final product. Rockport did an excellent job with the book’s production and printing.
Amazon reports that the book will be available on October 16. The “Look Inside” feature is now enabled, too, so you can get a preview of the contents.
We added a contributors’ page on the Deconstructing Product Design site featuring the 38 thinkers and doers whose words will be featured in the print edition. With expertise ranging from design and architecture to music, firearms, and iBots, their commentary adds insight and wide-ranging perspective on the products discussed in DPD.