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The Right Kind of Wrong: Inside the Analog Research Lab

Scott Boms
February 06, 2019

The Right Kind of Wrong: Inside the Analog Research Lab

Analog and digital technologies and processes are expected to be at odds with each other, especially in the heart of Silicon Valley. And yet the philosophy that underpins the Analog Research Lab at Facebook does not accept this. By putting ideas, critical questions, and visual interventions into the spaces we inhabit, we open doors to new ways to look at the world, find community, invite dialog, and create a positive friction that meaningfully affects people.

Through posters, printed matter and installation work of the Facebook Analog Research Lab and its Designer in Residence program established in 2016, Scott Boms will offer a rare view and chart the evolution of the values and mission of this unique organization — the what, the how, and most importantly, the why.

The evening will culminate with a panel discussion featuring past Designers in Residence: Elana Schlenker, Kaye Blegvad, Eddie Perrote, and Luiza Dale.

Scott Boms

February 06, 2019
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  1. DESIGNER PRINTMAKER
    INK MIXER
    PAINT SPILLER
    PAPER CUTTER
    PHOTO TAKER
    RISO UN-JAMMER SNACK EATER
    NOTE TAKER
    SKETCHBOOK FILLER
    SIGN PAINTER SCREEN COATER
    SQUEEGEE CLEANER EMAIL SENDER
    ART DIRECTOR ANIMATOR
    CONTENT WRITER SADDLE STITCHER
    ELECTROPOUNCER
    PRINT ARCHIVER FONT IDENTIFIER
    HEAD BANGER LATTE MAKER
    RECORD PLAYER PAPER JAMMER VIDEO PRODUCER SIGN HANGER
    POLAROID SHAKER POSTER STAPLER PAPER PURCHASER
    VINYL CUTTER HALFTONE TROUBLESHOOTER TROUBLEMAKER?

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  2. Modern industry saves us endless labor and
    drudgery, but... it also bars us from taking part in
    the forming of material and leaves idle our sense
    of touch, and with those formative faculties that
    are stimulated by it. —Anni Albers

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  3. Photo of the Lab back in Palo Alto

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  4. 2010–2019
    ANALOG RESEARCH
    LABORATORY TEAM

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  5. 2010–2011
    ANALOG RESEARCH
    LABORATORY TEAM

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  6. 2012–2013
    ANALOG RESEARCH
    LABORATORY TEAM

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  7. 2014–2015
    ANALOG RESEARCH
    LABORATORY TEAM

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  8. 2016–2017
    ANALOG RESEARCH
    LABORATORY TEAM

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  9. 2019
    ANALOG RESEARCH
    LABORATORY TEAM

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  10. Heather
    Hardison
    Bijan
    Berahimi
    Hannah
    K. Lee
    Fuchsia
    MacAree
    Jimmy
    Mezei
    Eddie
    Perrote
    Elana
    Schlenker
    Leta
    Sobierajski
    John Patrick
    Thomas
    Mario
    Wagner

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  11. @analoglab
    ANALOG RESEARCH LAB
    @scottboms
    SCOTT BOMS
    @eddieperrote
    EDDIE PERROTE
    @elanaschlenker
    ELANA SCHLENKER
    @daleluiza
    LUIZA DALE
    @kayeblegvad
    KAYE BLEGVAD

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