#rad / VW to relaunch the International Harvester Scout as an EV.

Volkswagen is entering the electric off-roader scene, and in doing so will revive a legendary nameplate: the Scout. Made famous by truck and tractor maker International Harvester in the 1960s and 1970s, the Scout moniker will return on an electric SUV and pickup truck designed for the American market, with production planned for 2026.

Wow! I can’t wait to see all of the design work that’s going to come from this endeavor.

#design / In-House In-Focus.

I completely missed the launch of a new publication by UnderConsideration. IHIF dives into “the great work being done by in-house teams or learn about how they work.” The results are far more detailed and exciting than a mere showcase of the work coming out of these teams. The nomination process begins with serious set of requirements. The results are phenomenal and a welcome addition to the UnderConsideration’s body of work.

For example, take a look at the MailChimp issue to see the goodness for yourself. I’d love to see these stories shared as a zine, but I’ll take whatever Bryony and Armin have time for.

It would be great to see the addition of Mike Abbink and his team at IBM, who have created a ton of great work with a thorough rebranding that includes the Watson design system.

#zine / Tuxsax:

A zine that exposes when the user experience is as shitty. Free of charge.

#noragrets / A Remedy for FOMO.

For those who experience the occasional fear-of-missing-out—and who doesn’t—I recommend this essay by Jeanne Proust. Her perspective, grounded in The Possible and The Real by Henri Bergson, is worth your time and focus. While the conclusion is shareable, it will only resonate if you read the entire piece.

We should more radically let go of the assumptions behind FOMO…by changing our perception of what time and free will really are. Bergson’s freedom — durational, personal and creative — invites us to intuitively grasp the unforeseeable newness that our perpetually evolving personality brings with itself at every instant. That here and now in the making should not be just the object of a healthy, humble resignation; it should be the occasion of perpetual marvel.

Bergson rejected the idea of a tree of possibilities and the angst that it generates in us: There are no such things as missed opportunities, as “dead” branches left behind, as futures renounced. So say goodbye to the incapacitating shoulda, coulda, woulda obsession. And be amazed at the continual creation of unpredictable novelty.

We can only move forward with intent, not make believe.

#ugh / Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid.

The smartest analysis I have read on how technology has fueled our increasingly partisan society, how our current situation will worsen, and what we can do to turn things around. Though published by the Atlantic, I found the perspective, research findings cited, and criticisms of both sides of the political spectrum to be fair.

#chibacity / "Escher-inspired" book covers for William Gibson’s Neuromancer trilogy.

Like a project right out of the Joshua Davis playbook:

William Gibson coined the term ‘cyberspace’ in his dystopian novel Neuromancer in 1984. In 2016 he invited the digital artist and programmer Daniel Brown to design new book covers for his Neuromancer trilogy. Brown wrote fractal mathematics software to create photographic, architectural, Escher-inspired arrangements that provide infinitely claustrophobic, coded settings for the visionary series.

All of the covers I’ve seen for the trilogy I’ve seen previously feature some kind of digital computer or cyberpunk imagery (like the intro scene of “The Internet” in the movie Johnny Mnemonic). I like Daniel’s alternative interpretation, especially the finished versions.