Hunger Games: Catching Fire—Where the Future Still Looks Like the Past

I had some fun analyzing this movie, from a design point of view, with fellow critic Alexandra Lange for the Of course I wish the future looked less nostalgic, which is getting to be an oft-repeated lament. That said, I also wish there was more Penelope Tree-inspired eye makeup, we only got glimpses of it in the Capitol. Overall, It felt like this installment was mostly a setup for next 2 movies—not all that much happened. Looking forward to more and better next time! I guess I have a standing date for next Thanksgiving.

Fujifilm X Series: Nontoxic Nostalgia

I am generally not a fan of nostalgic design—for one thing, it's lazy and keeps us from arriving at newer, more original solutions. (If you want to hear the other things, I rant on here.) However, I really like these Fujifilm X Series digital cameras. Much smaller and lighter than a typical DSLR, they hold onto an iconic, classic camera-ness of form while providing all the advantages of digital function. Win-win.

Masazumi Imai, the chief designer of the X series, says it much better than I could: 

“When we were little, when we went into our father’s room or our grandfather’s room, there was an important-looking camera on the shelf, and we were told not to touch it because it was valuable,” Mr. Imai said. “We wanted to create that kind of look and feel.”