Alex Pines is a graphic designer and design educator living in Los Angeles, California. He is partner and design director at Studio Rubric and assistant professor of Graphic Design at Otis College of Art and Design. Previously, he worked as a graphic and interactive designer at various institutions, agencies, and technology companies such as the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), AppDirect, and Housing Works.
His interests include 80’s youth subcultures, design for social change, and the intersection of digital and analog technologies. His work and writing has been included in various design magazines and publications including IDEA Magazine, HOW Magazine, Communication Arts, I-D, and PRINT Magazine. Alex studied at George Washington University's Corcoran School of Art & Design, received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art and MFA in Graphic Design from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
"Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts...A graphical representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the non-space of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding..."
Algorithms steer us back to similar content in echo chambers that inhibit both critical and creative thinking. Platforms incentivized to keep users scrolling discourage long-looking and render users as passive consumers, rather than active seekers of inspiration.
Jenn Schiffer ruminates on how learning new technologies is as difficult for experienced developers as it is for beginners. She asks Twitter three, pointed and straightforward questions, "Why do we want to learn these things?", "What is stopping us?", and "What can we do to help facilitate web tool learning?" Questions that I want to start incorporating in my teaching practice.
Henry Rollins and Heidi May look back at the influence Skip Groff had on the DC punk and hardcore scene. Skip's Yesterday & Today record store in Rockville was the hub for the DC hardcore scene from the early '80s till it closed in 2002. By the time I began buying vinyl records, Skip had moved his endeavor online where I'd come across his vast inventory on eBay.