Andrew Alpern

The PICTURE: Nerd Rules
September 15, 2010

(Click here to see a slideshow of these stunning tools and charts.) When material culture really matters, there is something dematerialized about its materiality. Most people will agree that a beautifully designed chair—or a beautifully designed pair of scissors—has an aura about it. The truth is that no purely utilitarian analysis can describe the cultural significance of a man-made object, even the most blandly utilitarian one. Poets and painters understand this.