Tech-aided Travel


While we’d never advise travelling with your eyes trained on your phone, some new technology can enhance and make a memorable travel experience. “Paris, Then and Now” is an app that allows visitors to compare and contrast 100 years ago to present day, via augmented reality, over 2000 places of interest in Paris. For each location, explore photos and facts, and superimpose photos on what you see to learn about its layers of history. And Google is opening up views into realms that are unattainable with  its Street View Trekker team, who visited and documented the abandoned Japanese island of Hashima – “Battleship Island”. Watch as the team – complete with gear on their backs – navigate the ruins of dilapidated buildings, long unused and partially overgrown with gorgeous foliage.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.



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