Manifesting Instagram from digital cool into physical memory.
In a far more brilliant treatise that I could ever give, writer/designer/genius Craig Mod describes the process of transforming digital content into physical goods as “going from boundless to bounded. A space without implicit edges to one composed entirely of edges.”
As digital whets desire, edges give us something to consume.
Reading Mod’s essay on bounding the techie process of building Flipboard for iPhone into a single, thick, eight-pound book – as opposed to the “ethereality” that the app is on your device – is advisable. In his own words: it is “an essay about recognizing and reorganizing our journeys that live largely in digital space.” One that begs the question: “What is the value in giving them edges so we may hold them in our hands and hope to understand, perhaps, the weight of the work we produce?”
See Flipboard for iPhone The Book below:
In the case of Instagram, everyone’s favorite app that gives the most mundane of moments a filtration of coolness, a number of services have popped up that give weight to the world we archive, adding concreteness to the digital “thinness” populating our feeds.
Again, read Mod’s essay.
Here are a dozen of such services. Life, through the Sutro-colored lens of digital desire (it is always beautiful on Instagram) to physical, consumable edges.
Instagram Magnets from Stickygram
Instagram Tiles by ImageSnap
Instagram iPhone Case by Casetagram
“Location Based Photo Booth” by Instaprint
Postagram from Postagram Postcards (image via Jen May)
Instagram Coasters by Coastermatic
Instagram Stickers from Printstagram
Instagram Mug by Zazzle
Bamboo Shadow Boxes for Instagram by Hatchcraft
Canvas Prints for Instagram from Canvas Pop
Prints and Memory Boxes from Printstagram
The Socialmatic Camera (that could have been) from Indiegogo