On the tension between virtual and real work

I posted this photo and caption to Instagram this morning:

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Most of my daily work takes place in a digital space–website things, video, graphic design, etc.

These might just be fliers and tickets to you, but to me they are a special treat. An opportunity to pick up and touch something that I designed. That might sound a bit silly or overly dramatic–but the tangible, real world has a value and power that can’t be replaced by working in a virtual space.

I have thought about this tension between real and virtual often over the last couple of years. So much of our lives now takes place in digital spaces… how does splitting our existence between real and virtual impact our humanity? What makes tangible items so captivating? How does our relationship with the world around us affect our identities?

If you have thoughts on these things, I would love to hear them.