Rest In Privacy
California has the most pay phones in America: Twenty-seven thousand, enough for one pay phone for every six square miles in the state. In a metropolitan area like Los Angeles, pay phones seem to be everywhere, until you actually need one. But then again, when was the last time you needed one?
Mobile phones have rendered the payphone obsolete, and not without a price. We willingly surrender our personal information, private conversations, photos and content as currency for the sake of feeling connected.
No longer the “reassuring lighthouse” of yesteryear or the cultural symbol of service, protection, privacy and convenience, the pay phone’s hollowed shell litters the urban landscape as an abandoned relic of an era and culture that valued privacy over connectedness. The #RestInPrivacy installation pays tribute to such a time, and aims to illuminate our obsession with being connected and the lengths our culture will go to achieve that connection; even if it means forfeiting our privacy.
‘Steve and I spend a lot of time on the packaging […] I love the process of unpacking something. You design a ritual of unpacking to make the product feel special. Packaging can be theater, it can create a story.’
– Jonathan Ives, Apple lead designer
We all know the fleeting satisfaction that comes with tearing a tag off a new garment, ripping the wrapper off a never-been-opened DVD case, or–wait for it—peeling off the clear plastic screen protector off a fresh iPhone. It brings us inexplicable good feelings and joy. And apparently, watching other people “unbox” new toys brings us joy, too. I would go as far to say we return an almost childlike state of being when we unbox or watch and unboxing. Earlier this year, the story of the elusive and anonymous “DC Toy Collector” went viral as the highest-earning YouTube account. That’s $4.9 million just for unwrapping toys, and is currently in 3rd place for most views. And the weirdest part? I can’t stop watching her videos. Could it be the crispy sound of fresh plastic, the texture of brand-new Play-Doh being molded for the first time between her brightly manicured fingers, or the soothing sound of her voice? It’s probably a combination of all the above, and the only scientific explanation is this: autonomous sensory meridian response, better known as ASMR: the physical sensation of tingling that often begins in the scalp and moves down through the spine and sometimes to the limbs. Like unboxing, there are bloggers who have established careers off of making ASMR videos on YouTube, but that’s a whole separate blog post for a separate (relaxing, euphoric) day. Surely it can’t be the entire psychology behind unboxing.
One great thing about working at O+O is the value and attention focused on the quality of ideas versus the quantity of them. It’s a cliche we take quite seriously, and quite often. In the Lab, if the workload allows, we’ll throw some ideas upon the board and take turns pitching why we think there should be an app that can read our minds like a mood ring, or why we want to build an app that lets you turn any inanimate object or landscape into an anthropomorphic playground using your mobile camera. Ideas tend to get more ridiculous immediately before and after Burning Man, as you can see.
I’m no expert on what makes a genius idea. I only know what works and what doesn’t. And I guess I don’t even know that much, all the time. That’s why we play and experiment with new technologies and app prototypes, and we discover that the strongest ideas come from places of actual human stories, which is what you’ll read in any beginner’s book to advertising, art, or engineering, you name it. Most of the time the ideas are so simple, you’ll wonder why it hadn’t been thought of sooner. Many times we’ll hit an obstacle in the user flow of life, and think to ourselves, “Dang. I wish there was a way to make this more efficient or at least more enjoyable.” And then of course the, “There’s an app for that!” campaign.
Air BnB couldn’t have been been as successful before the development of social networking, in my opinion. Neither could Tinder, or Uber, obviously. Both of these ideas are genius in their simplicity, yet they’ve revolutionized the way we interact in the global community. They’ve shifted cultures. And the awesome thing about that is, new technology is being developed every day. In offices just like ours.
Google. A simple search engine introduced in the late 90s has expanded over the years and has become a part of our everyday lives.
Last Tuesday, Google introduced a new logo that very much reflects this idea.
It’s that time of year again. Apple’s first Fall launch event is around the corner and the rumor mills are turning with info on the next iteration of the iPhones and more:
Here’s a list of predictions for the September 9th event.
AND THEY’RE DOING THEIR HAPPY DANCE.
Did you get tickets to The Wizard of Oz at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for this Saturday? Good for you. What better way to experience this cinematic masterpiece than on a picnic blanket surrounded by hundreds of friends, and in the company of a ton of dead movie stars? If you’ve never done a Cinespia movie screening, you need to add that to your LA bucket list, pronto. Read more for some tips on picnicking and dressing the part.
Jean-Michel Basquiat is arguably one of the most influential artists of the Neo-Expressionist art movement of the 1970s and 1980s, and certainly one of the most significant artists of his generation. Known for his loose and rough graphic style of painting, Basquiat went from an obscure New York City graffiti artist to art superstar almost overnight. He’s a personal favorite of mine and the following is a brief overview of his life and career.
The countdown to Star Wars Day continues. Here are some vintage propaganda posters inspired by the Dark Side.
Star Wars Day is right around the corner, so make sure you book your travel stay through the Imperial Tourism Bureau at one of our premiere tourist destinations!
With its crisp alpine air, mountain vistas, and lush meadows, Alderaan boasts perfect temperatures year-round.
We don’t have cubicles at O+O but if we did, we’d probably be celebrating Cubicle Day by improving our cube Feng Shui, or engaging in a full on Nerf gun battle siege. Designed by Robert Propst and known for a complete absence of individuality, cubicles were first introduced in 1967 as a way to subdivide open office space and provide workers with a degree of privacy.