Weekly W_nderings – 26 September, 2015

Oak Oak - Saint-Étienne street artSaint Étienne’s urban doodler with a sense of humour [list, 10 images]
– Oak Oak [artist website]
I adore guerilla street art done in series, making small additions to alter the meaning of a space. These are small, cute, clever additions. One day I’ll be inspired to do something like this, hopefully.
guerrilla-grafters-2-537x357Guerrilla Grafters Secretly Graft Fruit-Bearing Branches onto San Francisco Trees Read more: Guerrilla Grafters Secretly Graft Fruit-Bearing Branches onto San Francisco Trees [Inhabitat – 319 words]
– Politics of the Graft [Guerilla Grafters manifesto – 2969 words]
If there’s one thing I love more than guerilla art, it’s guerilla gardening. What it says on the tin.
brutalismHard to Love a Brute [99% Invisible – 2143 words or 21:21 podcast]
Brutalist architecture. My attitude to brutalism has softened over the past decade, and this makes a noble defense of the artistic value of concrete structures. Examines the philosophy of concrete, building preservation, and attitudes to archictural styles and materials.
bikesHow Smart Language Helped End Seattle’s Paralyzing Bikelash [people for bikes – 1003 words]
An article on the power of language to frame discussion and debate. Language ain’t neutral.
shirley.0Color film was built for white people. Here’s what it did to dark skin. [Vox – 4:39 video]
Looks at the chemistry behind film stock and the socio-political consequences. An interesting reminder that science and scientific development is not free from economic or cultural bias, but very much reflects the society it’s produced in.
true tubeGeographically accurate London transport map  [PDF]
Fascinating for someone like me who doesn’t have a great sense of the geography. Done in the style of the iconic tube map, but with stops more accurately spaced.
Eaon PritchardDigital advertising. Where did it all go wrong? [Mumbrella – 1132 words]
Obsession with AdTech, direct marketing and metrics have come at the expense of branding.
The rise of AdBlockers – Proof advertising still does not understand the internet? [LinkedIn – 775 words]
Interesting to me now as a digital marketer, and as somebody who has at various times used AdBlockers. Argues internet ad design responds to advertiser imperatives rather than user interests, and that AdBlockers are the natural consequence.

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