If you’ll remember about two months ago I talked about my entry into the Young Architect’s Studio Competition. I developed a similar idea simultaneously, an app to exploit the existing public staircases in Pittsburgh. Behold, in all its video glory:
* I haven’t watched this yet because I hate watching myself. I also hate listening to myself, which may be why I put off editing my podcasts for so long.
So you see, I’m not some kind of luddite railing against social media and technology. I just think most “social” apps are formulaic fluff that make it easy to ignore the rest of the world. It’s a matter of responsibility, on the part of the designer and the user. I want to see designers putting more thought into how their apps would have us engage with the environment, and I would have the user think about how and when they are using their social apps.