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A Spanner in the Works

Owen Gregory
December 10, 2012

A Spanner in the Works

Web workers sometimes misappropriate and misapply metaphors of craftsmanship. We want our work to share the value and authenticity we perceive in hand-made artefacts, but often overlook the nature of our raw materials and tools. In this talk, Owen takes a critical look at how the allure of crafting physical things has influenced us, and discusses the recent emergence of thought about a true web aesthetic which reflects our medium, its limits and how we practice our craft within it.

Owen Gregory

December 10, 2012
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  1.  panner in the orks Owen G Ready to Inspire

    ·  December  · @fullcreammilk 
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  13. Photo: Igor Srdanovic (flic.kr/p/4W9HZ5)

  14. Photo: Damian White (flic.kr/p/4xB1kD)

  15. we work

  16. we cra

  17. code is poetry

  18. code is poetry?

  19. James Bridle  Photo: Pinar Özger (flic.kr/p/9iWM7W)

  20. If you go into a carpentry workshop, you’ll see sawdust

    on the floor.” “
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  23. Work is being done here  a film by Anne

    Holiday
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  25. SimpleBits  letterpress business card Dan Cederholm (simplebits.com)

  26. Colosseo  letterpress poster Cameron Moll (colosseotype.com)

  27. 8 Faces  typography Elliot Jay Stocks (8faces.com)

  28. 8 Faces  typography Elliot Jay Stocks (8faces.com)

  29. Insites: e Book  interviews Elliot Jay Stocks (shop.viewportindustries.com/products/insites-the-book)

  30. Daily drop caps  letterpress prints Jessica Hische (buystufffromjessicahische.com)

  31. Distance  design and technology Nick Disabato (distance.cc)

  32. Offscreen  digital creativity Kai Brach (offscreenmag.com)

  33. New Adventures  conference newspaper Simon Collison, Greg Wood &

    Oliver Wood (newadventures.com)
  34. Five Simple Steps  publisher Mark & Emma Boulton (fivesimplesteps.com)

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  36. Lanyards  Build  Photo: Simon Mills (flic.kr/p/duWgd7)

  37. Axe restoration workshop  Build  Photo: Simon Mills (flic.kr/p/duVQAA)

  38. Leathercra workshop  Build  Photo: Simon Mills (flic.kr/p/duWo6h)

  39. Chocolatiering workshop  Build  Photo: Simon Mills (flic.kr/p/duQ8Hp)

  40. Coffee roasting workshop  Build  Photo: Simon Mills (flic.kr/p/duR33Z)

  41. Build Rip City Triple IPA  Build  Photo: Patrick

    Haney (flic.kr/p/dtxSFt)
  42. Hand-painted lettering  Dan Cassaro Photo: Simon Mills (flic.kr/p/duUEJj)

  43. e Manual  Issue 2 Photo: Sam Hardacre (flic.kr/p/aVJ4fT)

  44. Craig Mod  Photo: happy.apple (flic.kr/p/ajyY9j)

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  46. process

  47. Venus of Brassempouy  25,000 years old Wikimedia Commons (commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Venus_of_Brassempouy.jpg)

  48. Wilson Miner Wilson Miner  Photo: David McDonald (readidea.com/)

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  50. “this” [Rdio]

  51. Jony Ive?

  52. “a blip on the timeline”

  53. this new ecosystem of digital tools in this world of

    screens” “
  54. empathy

  55. William Blake  – Portrait by () omas Phillips

  56. Map

  57. Ancient of Days frontiiece to Europe A Prophecy ()

  58. Milton A Poem preface (–)

  59. A Memorable Fancy from e Marriage of Heaven and Hell

    (–)
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  61. Relief-etched copper plates  Reconstructed by Michael Phillips (williamblakeprints.co.uk)

  62. Relief-etched copper plates  Reconstructed by Michael Phillips (williamblakeprints.co.uk)

  63. Relief etching and Blake’s print  Reconstructed by Michael Phillips

    (williamblakeprints.co.uk)
  64. Paul Robert Lloyd  Photo: Paul Robert Lloyd (paulrobertlloyd.com)

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  66. this slide le intentionally blank

  67. Thank you