Curated Culture II

Beauty Burden: “We’re the Broken Toys”

“God help you if you are an ugly girl, 'course too pretty is also your doom…'cause everyone harbors a secret hatred for the prettiest girl in the room.”

- Ani DiFranco

I Made a Film About My Rape and Now I Can’t Get Laid

Jessie Kahnweiler is an artist and filmmaker whose short film, “Meet My Rapist,” debuted at the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival.

Fucking Like A Feminist 

"As a feminist, endorsing rough, sometimes humiliating sex seems wrong. Wanting it for myself feels worse."

Little Simz: "E.D.G.E."

Listen to british rappers Little Simz stunning debut E.D.G.E. - Don't mistake her honesty with her emotions for weakness.

- Listen to the full E.P. -

Small Wonder:


"It makes me want to sob. It makes me want to hug everyone I’ve ever loved and apologise to all of those that I’ve let down. It makes me want to crawl in to the one I love now and hold her for longer than I ever have before. I feel connected to it. I feel like I grew up with it; like it knows all of my secrets and fears and hidden memories. I feel like it was made only for me. I feel like maybe it was made by me."


An American advertising producer in Shanghai tries to sell fast food to the Chinese. An endearing portrait of a modern day "Mad Man." 


Curated Culture is a reoccurring collection of noteworthy reads, music and films.



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Designated Design: Exposure


Exposure is a new photography platform, a more meaningful way to share stories online. Exposure lets you drag and drop photos into your browser, and then add text in between them. The result are exquisite combinations of text narration and photography, turning your photos into immersive graphic stories.

Like Medium, the new blogging platform by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, Exposure offers a simple yet beautiful editor, enabling any- and everyone to share previously untold stories. 

Like Medium, the new blogging platform by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, Exposure offers a simple yet beautiful editor, enabling any- and everyone to share previously untold stories. 

These so called narratives are what differentiates Exposure from traditional platforms like Flickr. Narratives feel gently reminiscent of the analog photo album. Once the standard of photography, its absence in the digital world left an unfilled void.

Right now, Exposure is a mainly paid service marketed towards professional photographers. But if Exposure can extend its free service and double down on collaboration & social networking, something like narratives could become a new standard for sharing photography.

However, having spoken with Luke Beard, cofounder of Exposure, it seems unlikely that they will opt for a more inclusive pricing any time soon. So for now, you are stuck with either a rather limited trial or paying $5 per month. This effectively rules out my dream of a collaborative platform, a place to curate and share photographic memories with friends and family.

Still, once you have seen narratives, you won't want to go back to to single photos on permalink pages. So enjoy some of my favorites:


by Morten Solvstrom

by Morten Solvstrom

by myself

by myself

by Daniel Lozada

by Daniel Lozada

by Atlanta Falcons

by Atlanta Falcons

by Tracey Long

by Tracey Long

by Jesse Morrow

by Jesse Morrow

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”
— Rudyard Kipling

Designated Design features inspiring services, apps as fresh as a daisy and carefully curated webdesign.

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Curated Culture I


Graffiti — The Dumb and the Dangerous

Nikon Kwantu on his tenure as a graffiti writer.

Einstein’s Camera

MATTER on how one renegade photographer is hacking the concept of time.

Steve Jobs Danced To My Song

Jonathan Mann traces the lines that led him from unemployment to entertaining Steve Jobs.



I’ve been following rising musician BANKS throughout 2013. Mickey Woods describes her style as “an oddly harmonious contrast of warm, catchy vocals set to tense, nearly industrial-sounding electronica.”


Curtis Harding

His new single "Keep on Shining" is crisp soul you’ll want to play over and over.


43,000 Feet

A Short Film by Campbell Hooper to advise those who will one day find themselves in the position of trying to survive falling from a great height.


Curated Culture is a reoccurring collection of noteworthy reads, music and films from across the internet.



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Welcome to Interplayed

Interplayed is a new journal: A melting of a magazine, a portfolio and a blog.

Interplayed is a constantly evolving project, both content and design are not finished and might never be. It will fluidly react to the sifting developments in online publishing. Currently, Interplayed is co-published here and on Medium.

I hope you will like it.

Inspirations for Interplayed include:


- Update (8/11/2014): Dropped the Interplayed branding.

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Envisioning the future of File Systems

How tags & smart search could change the way we organize personal data

From early days of the personal computers until the invention of the iPhone, the way we handle our personal data remained largely unchanged: A system of directories and numerous levels of sub-directories commonly referred to as the ’File System’. The file system features a clear hierarchy. It is 100% formal, 100% organized. A system designed for software to store its data. After that people started to use the existing file system to store their personal data as well. Which leaves us with this: The file system was designed for software, not humans.

The file system was designed for software, not humans.

That is why most peoples file systems are in a state of chaos. We are evidently not capable of maintaining a strictly formal system. In the physical world, after using something, we usually put it somewhere and then find it later.

But in the file system, data often gets lost in deeply nested sub-directories.

The PC operates in two layers:

a) Software

b) The file system

Software creates & edits files, then you store it elsewhere in the file system. If you want to edit a file, you look it up in the file system.

Apple recognized the weakness of the file system. So with the iPhone, they unified the software and the file system. There are only apps. Apps create files and store them internally. If there’s something to do, you don’t have to look up the file, just open the app.

By doing so, Apple solved one problem but created another: Files are now trapped in individual apps. Neither can you edit files across apps, nor is there a way to easily overview your data across apps.

Recently, Daniel Abernathy wrote a brilliant piece on how tagging will replace the photo-album. He called out for two major principles: Semi-Automatic Tagging and Smart Searching. He recognized that organizing data should be done behind the scenes. Semi-automatic tagging works by automatically analyzing the content of a photo (via location, time, OCR, face-recognition, …) and attaching an array of tags to describe the photo. In a second step you can then search/organize your photos in natural language using a Graph-Search like engine.

I believe that these principles can be applied not only to photo-albums, but to the entire file system. You’ll still access data through an app, which then stores the data in a central directory. The app automatically attaches tags, describing the content of the file, specifications, the context, access permissions etc…

As all apps use the same directory, so one file can be edited by multiple apps.

Data would be organized by tags. Tags are added automatically by both the respective app and by a system background-agent that maps out relations between files by analyzing content, tags and usage patterns.

This way the system would automatically organize groups of related files and you could easily find data with a Graph-Search like engine. Search also opens the possibility to integrate services like Spotify into the file-system UX.

Say, you’re working on a project about the war in Syria. The project includes multiple types of data such as documents, photos and videos and involves multiple apps. By analyzing the tags, content and usage pattern, the system could map out context and relation of all files involved in the project. Just search for “Syria War” and all your files show up. Automatically organized by tags.


This article was originally published on Medium (October 5, 2013), before my blog was created. It has been featured at The Tech Block.

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