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September 16, 2006

Subtle Control


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As long as we're on the subject of controlling others , (weren't we?), I happened upon a fascinating website that has made me look at the world from an entirely new perpective. I just knew you'd be interested.

Dan Lockton, a British industrial designer, engineer and writer has been studying the architectures of control- how products increasingly control and restrict your behavior. Do not fritter away your time reading Dakota this morning, use it to wander around his place. You'll be astonished.

Photo note: I haven't started to find my own examples yet, because this stuff is subtle. However, on my route to work, I have noticed that an UnHarvard University, in cooperation with the City of Cambridge, seems to have installed a series of speed mountains (these are not bumps, they are eight feet across and two feet high) to slow traffic along a public street, which UnHarvard is sucking up as their campus. I am unwilling to drive to shoot them of a Sunday morn, so we will have to be content with a morning glory strangling a fence post.

Posted by Dakota at September 16, 2006 09:44 AM