David here. I’m IF’s graphic designer which means I take the heady topics we deal with and make them as digestible as possible, and curate IF’s visual output.

I have the pleasure of being in charge of the month notes this time, so without further ado…

I’ve been thinking about…

How Hong Kong protesters have used existing technology in novel, unexpected ways.

Using lasers to avoid facial recognition:

Disabling FaceID using iPhone’s emergency settings:

And organising protests using Pokemon Go and Uber.

I’ve been reading…

A book called The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin (shout out to Madalena, ardent member of the Le Guin fan club, for the recommendation). While I’m sympathetic with Le Guin’s views of the evils of capitalism and power corruption, it was her notion of people as “creatures of time” that stuck with me, as it relates to ethics, responsibility and trust:

”… Our sense of time involves our ability to separate cause and effect, means and end. The baby, again, the animal, they don’t see the difference between what they do now and what will happen because of it. They can’t make a pulley, or a promise. We can. Seeing the difference between now and not now, we can make the connection. And there morality enters in. Responsibility. To break a promise is to deny the reality of the past; therefore it is to deny the hope of a real future..“.

If time and reason are functions of each other, if we are creatures of time, then we had better know it, and try to make the best of it. To act responsibly.

I was surprised by the lack of good physical editions (I read it on the Kindle - don’t judge), so here’s a photo of Le Guin looking badass. (Photo via pbs.org)

I’ve been listening to…

Drivetime. As IF’s honorary CDO, Chief Drivetime Officer, I’m responsible for making sure that the IF team has a smooooooth transition from business to relaxation on Fridays. Each week I pick a theme (or ask someone for inspo) and kindly invite my dear colleagues to add songs to our collaborative playlist (or beat them with a stick until we have at least 2 hours of unpaused, unrepeated music).

We started with a GDPR playlist, but I’m proud to say that we’ve recently had some of our best playlists to date. Names, Covers, Sunshine, Film / TV soundtracks, Berlin… but my favourite one has to be Gigs we’ve been to.

I’ve appreciated…

Liron Ashkenazi-Eldar’s talk at SIGGRAPH 2019, a generous how-to to her sketchy Cinema 4D renders. I can’t stop thinking about it and I can’t wait to try it myself.

The Arabic language and how you can make words as long as you want. This means justification is always perfect (e.g. newspapers). One of the best applications is in maps, where you can stretch a word to follow a geographic feature.

Jeff Goldblum.

We’ve decided to take turns writing month notes, so next month you’ll hear from someone else at IF about what they’ve been thinking about.

Until next time!