Reaction: A Dao of Web Design

“Well established hierarchies are not easily uprooted;
Closely held beliefs are not easily released;
So ritual enthralls generation after generation.”
Tao Te Ching; 38 Ritual

As technology progresses, some if not many are slow to change. People like sticking to what they are accustomed to and this is what this Tao Te Ching excerpt says. For example, when the iBook technology such as the Nook and Kindle came out they were seen as a more convenient way to read books. On this one tablet you have the ability to store upwards of 10,000 books! Yet there are some people who simply said they rather have a physical copy of a book, the ability to flip the pages and touch each page and word. Personally, I agreed with those people at one point but then I realized I actually like experimenting with change and saw not only the storage convenience but the savings in money as well! Buying books on the Nook or Kindle are usually less than a physical copy. Also if you’re like me and sometimes forget your tablet and want to read at School or wherever you can access the data on your tablet on your phone or laptop.

In the Article Allsopp likes addresses the need for control over the web and then realization many designers face when they see that the print medium and the evolving modern web are two different entities with the latter being much more complicated but with very fewer constraints. Which is something that we as designers, have to embrace because if you can adapt to this new medium, this new environment, they you can succeed in this world that is changing with us.

“Yet a tree broader than a man can embrace is born of a tiny shoot;
A dam greater than a river can overflow starts with a clod of earth;
A journey of a thousand miles begins at the spot under one’s feet.”
Tao Te Ching; 64a. Care at the Beginning

Opinion: “Everything is a Remix”

What is your opinion of the idea that “everything is a remix?” After viewing Part 4: System Failure, do you agree with the filmmaker about the effects of intellectual property?

Because of modern copyright laws and the right to intellectual property a new profit opportunity had come up, “Opportunistic Litigation” i.e. suing to make a buck. Corporations are now sample trolls and patent trolls that don’t produce anything but acquire a library of intellectual property rights and then litigate to earn profits. Because of these trolls, copying in order to “copy, transform, combine” and create other properties has become a dangerous thing to do. It greatly restricts the ability for any artist or anyone else to flex their creativity muscle without the fear of being sued. People need to copy in order to learn something and help them become as great as the piece they’re copying, to practice, or use said piece to create something new all together.

Remix Example 2: Flashlight feature on Smart Phones

I remember when all iPhones were sent the ability to change to the iOS7 software update. Or if you purchased the new 5c or 5s, your phone already came with it. The software gave all iPhones many new features, one in particular that I want to write about is the flashlight. 



The image illustrates the flashlight feature which makes the flash light next to the camera stay on as if it were a real flashlight. When I showed this to my friend Katie she said “they copied the android!” and showed me her phone had the ability to do the same thing. 



This flashlight feature that was first featured on the Android was then copied by Apple and used in the new iPhone iOS7 software update. By coping this feature they made a more convenient feature for all iPhone users. 


Remix Example 1: Summertime Sadness Cover by Miley Cryus

Mileyy Cyrus covers Summertime Sadness in the Live Lounge


Like many artists before her, Miley Cyrus is covering a song made by another artist. In this case it’s ‘Summertime Sadness’ by Lana Del Rey. Cyrus has been doing a lot of covers lately from Lana Del Rey to the Arctic Monkeys which shows she’s trying to expand her abilities when it comes to singing other types of music genres. By coping another artist she’s learning how to become a better artist herself.