“We’re shaking things up a bit at Harvest. We figure that a smart person with common sense (and zero UX experience) could probably do a much better job than us so-called UX designers, with a lot less attitude.”—Job posting for a “UX Designer with ZERO experience.” This company knows what they’re doing.
“Places that lack a “sense of place” are sometimes referred to as “placeless” or “inauthentic.” Placeless landscapes are those that have no special relationship to the places in which they are located—they could be anywhere. Roadside strip shopping malls, gas/petrol stations and convenience stores, fast food chains, and chain department stores are often cited as examples of placeless landscape elements. Even some historic sites or districts that have been heavily commercialized (commodious) for tourism and new housing estates are sometimes defined as having lost their sense of place. A classic description of such placeless places is Gertrude Stein’s “there is no there there”.”—
This guy’s work brings up the question of homage. How far does an artist’s work need to be from a famous predecessor before it’s no longer plagiarism? Marth’s case is helped by the fact that his source of inspiration (Ed Ruscha) is fairly obvious, which seems to indicate that he acknowledges Ruscha’s influence.