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Tools - The Shape Of Us

I consider what I am as primarily be toolmaker. What I get excited about is how the forms of these tools define their use, on what they create. I therefore think that the core of creating new kinds of work is to create new kinds of tools...


It is a fasinating dichotomey - do we create tools or do they create us? And the answer is yes...


Both are true...


Finding the balance between positive use, empowerment, and detrimental overuse, dependence, is a line that software creatives in particular must concern themselves with...


When you create not just the final product but the tool as well or the rules and conditions in which the product is made ( procedural literacy ) you enter a world of indirect creation. One where the relationships between output and process are very apparent ( through code )...


Now that tools don't just facilitate survival but also the level to which we can reach up we have to be careful to be reaching up in the right trajectory. To not seceed our choice for laziness and convenience. To make our tools enabling and clear, not to engender atrophy and ignorance...


It is a place where we can define what shape our tools are as opposed to be having them shaped for us by nature. By deciding our tools, we decide our future.



Johan Van Mullem