If the nine Poor Clare Sisters living in an insular York, England, monastery ever feel cut off from the outside world, they need only turn to their Prayer Companion.
The photopolymer resin dot-matrix display sits on a table in a frequently trafficked monastery hallway subtly scrolling a news ticker. This way, the sisters--who have only limited access to newspapers, phones, and computers--can not only keep up with current events, but stay alert to the issues and people they wish to pray for.
In addition to displaying the news, "Goldie," as the nuns call the Prayer Companion, broadcasts the thoughts and feelings of anonymous strangers whose blog entries are aggregated by the Web site We Feel Fine.
While design these days considers utility and aesthetics, increasingly, as Goldie demonstrates, objects are also designed to communicate with people or help them communicate with one another, nature, the city, and more. … Read more