A Book of Tweets By People Claiming They're Working on Their Novels

Novels aren't going to write themselves, you know. But when they don't, their would-be authors simply turn to Twitter. A new book features tweets by people who are totally working on their novels, but had to stop working on their novels so they could post something to Twitter about working on their novels. » 7/31/14 7:31pm Yesterday 7:31pm

In Defense of GIFs in Science Writing

University of Oxford PhD student Andrew Bissette recently published a diatribe against the Internet's favorite form of looping media, arguing that science writers should not use GIFs to explain science. He's wrong. His heart is in the right place. His argument is even halfway sound. But he's wrong. » 5/10/14 8:58pm 5/10/14 8:58pm

You can't speculate about technology without speculating about society

We're living in a time of extreme technological change. Gadgets that didn't exist a decade ago are shaping your existence. So we need science fiction, more than ever, to speculate about the future of technology. But here's the hard part: You can't speculate about technological change without also speculating about… » 2/17/14 6:19pm 2/17/14 6:19pm

How Design Observer Founder William Drenttel Changed the Conversation

Graphic designer William Drenttel died on Saturday, a multifaceted creative who played many roles: a Mad Men-era ad man, a design industry legend, an advocate for social change. But as the founder of Design Observer, the influential design blog launched 10 years ago, Bill irrevocably transformed the way we talk about… » 12/23/13 4:00pm 12/23/13 4:00pm

Can Giving Free Houses to Writers Help Revitalize Detroit?

There's no shortage of vacant real estate in Detroit, which has seen a quarter of its population flee since 2000—it's estimated that over 78,000 buildings are sitting abandoned. But there are plenty of efforts to bring a new wave of young creatives to town, like this plan to fix up homes and give them to writers for… » 12/19/13 4:00pm 12/19/13 4:00pm

This Screenwriting App Generates Wonderfully Awful Animated Movies

Have you ever walked out of a movie theater utterly convinced you could have made a far better film? Now you can put your money where your mouth is with a new screenwriting tool called Plotagon. To make it easier for the imaginationally-challenged to visualize a scene or dialogue they've just written, the software… » 11/19/13 4:40pm 11/19/13 4:40pm

Want To Know Everything About Everyone? Work the Prism For Palantir!

"I applied for a writer job at Palantir," a California journalist tells Front! "They specialize in using artificial intelligence to analyze data, something like that. My [Republican friend] works there. I have a few tidbits from the hiring process—they are sort of menacing, in retrospect." It's apparently a tough… » 6/07/13 5:58pm 6/07/13 5:58pm

Automated Typewriter Creates Never-Ending Story, Honoring Journalists…

"On Journalism #2 Typewriter" is a typewriter installation that honors journalists who been killed worldwide between 1992 and present day, by writing generatively constructed stories about about them based on their published work and the existing data of their lives (via the Committee to Protect Journalists). » 5/31/12 10:40pm 5/31/12 10:40pm