Digital Aesthetics

digital aesthetics

What is the 2013 version of being a Martha Stewart? We still have curtains and cupcakes, but do we use them? In 2013 aesthetics are about interfaces, typography, coding and keystrokes. The way my desktop looks is more important to my well-being than the way my bedroom looks.

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Everything must be just so. From the color coding of my stickies, folders and wallpaper, to my monthly themed emojis, to my organized program icons. A huge part of owning a Mac computer is taking great pride in your digital aesthetics.

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depression1_1024icry7_11Exhibit B

These images by artists Lauren Cook(1) and Arvida Bystrom(2-3) display how beautiful screens can be, and how intriguing everyday objects can appear when placed at the focus of an image.

Selfies, Snapchats, and Screenshots. They can be candid and breathtaking, or disgusting and startling. I think the true magic of viewing digital images as a form of art, is that they are so pure and so personal. You are viewing the world through the phone or the computer, a personal device which holds all of your information, your secrets, your power.

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Nothing gold can stay,

and every Snapchat fades away;

unless you take a screenshot,

which is cheating.

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the screens of our lives.

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2013-04-18 15.46.26Digital age photos of mine i’ve accumulated in 2k13

Illustration by Laura C. and Kellie

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About Kellie Hogan

co-founder and creative director of inconnu magazine

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