“Some people engage in retail therapy, buying new things to make themselves feel more secure, and others engage in knowledge therapy, amassing new ideas to make themselves feel like they know something. We consume for comfort. We rely on certainty to shield us from the pain of confusion. The truth is staggering, colossal, unfathomable, so we cling to our bite-sized lies. We organize knowledge into bulleted lists and line graphs while the wisdom of the present moment sits patiently at the doors of our perception.” ― Vironika Tugaleva, The Art of Talking to Yourself
Despite illusions to the contrary, I'm a capitalist at heart. I love shopping and the sensory experience of physical retail. Regardless of how little money I have, observing the brand identity, the furniture, the placement of goods and the styles of typography and shapes of all the different products has always appealed to me. These experiments in retail design pushed the AI pretty hard, often going through 30 to 40 prompts to get it right.