June 11, 2004
For all the things I have read and books I have bought about the Media Lab, I have never been to their site.
It didn't disappoint.
It's hard to nail what I like so much about it, but I think is must be the appeal to the architect within me. The way that the transluscent planes extend to the vanishing point. May be it reminded me of Mies van der Rohe's orthagonal masterpiece, the Brick House that extends to infinity or his immaculate play with transparency and reflection in this Barcelona Pavillion.
Most of what you see on the Web these days (no little thanks to Mr. Nielsen) is very functional and useful. I think it must be the absolutely gratuitous use of gorgeous color and graphics that serve no apparent purpose that appeals to me the most :-)