Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Paper :)


Being introduced to such a wide cast of creative individuals was so intriguing and watching them do what they do best (create) was very inspiring. As a young designer, it is refreshing to see so many grown people who have taken their dreams and talents and made something of them. “Like going from a regular freak to a cooler freak.” Each person had something meaningful and wise to say about their creative form and they all rested under the umbrella of “Do-It-Yourself” artist. One artist explains how much of a tragedy it is to lose your creative drive and power when you transition from childhood to adulthood. “As a child, you start off as a “Do-It-Yourself” creator since their isn’t anyone else there to create for you and satisfy your powerful imagination.” It really is an unfortunate happening when one loses touch with their imagination, but many people suffer that same fate. But for the few that maintain that connection with their “inner child” then they are capable of making something out of that imagination in the form of a potential career.

However, it is explained that these creative folks can rarely be categorized into tags of artwork. You can’t call one person a strict painter, or sculpture or photographer, they are all just artists. It’s a concept that we all should adopt and use. We shouldn’t restrict our endeavors to one route of art. As creators, our main duty to our work is to explore and discover new, innovative creative routes to travel. This is what makes it so much fun and keeps us wanting more. Creative people have an amazing power in their grasp. A power that leaves behind much visual residue and has the potential to leave that individual’s mark on peoples conscious and even history. Use it and embrace it.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Typography II - Journal Entry #6

30 Conversations on Design:

1) Pete Docter - Storytime.
He claims that the most inspirational aspect (to him) in design is the STORY, or the reaction he gets from his viewer. I couldn't agree more. Our job as designers is to dig at some kind of understanding and reaction from the people who see our work. We get credit and satisfaction for doing so, so I think he hit the nail right on the head. I would probably answer his question very similarly, but I'd probably elaborate on the imaginative quality of the story concept and how the imagination of the design's supposed story plays a big role. Say it without PLOPPING it on the page, ya know! :)

2) Kit Henrichs - Bar Bones.
He talks about the awesome, yet often unnoticed effect of typography on us all. Its not the letterform itself, its the way it it used expressively. And it's not just the alphabet its the emotion that arises when you set a certain typeface or organization of type. I think that type inspires me the most just because of the stealthily effect it has on people. No one seems to realize how much type is all around us and how its use and organization effects our understanding of our environment. It truly is neat!

3) Jake McCabe - Tabula Rasa.
This one struck me. He siad that the most inspiring thing about design to him was a blank 8.5"x11" sheet of paper. I think that is so interesting. It represents a clean state and the enormous amount of opportunity to fill that page with something incredible. I've always loved the feeling of getting a new BLANK sketchbook, just because I know how cool it will be once it is FULL. Kind of like a momento of your talent, work and even your mentality. I would answer the question in the same way one using the color white also, which is just one of my favorite colors to use. Wether it be to start over or to highlight a finished work!

4) Ken Carbone - Empowerment.
His example was of a thing called the Q-Drum which was a neat water holding device shaped like a wheel that made it easier for people in third world countries to transport their water. This shows how even the SIMPLEST design can have tremendous benefit on people all over the world. There is more power behind design than most people realize. I would answer his question more along the lines of the empowering of designers to shape the way the world develops and use their talents to make other people happy. It's a very inspirational thought.

5) Jessica Hirshe - Group Bonding.
She spoke about how what inspires her the most is student work, and the growth of the young designer. This means a lot to me because I am a growing designer who still has ALOT to learn, but it's nice to know that people are out there willing to teach. She also mention that the fear of the death of print inspires her to maintain her work quality because eventually everything will be online and designers will have to adapt to this change. Myself, have never considered this idea that print will die, it does seem very unsettling and definitely inspires me to keep moving forward with my study of design and how to better myself at it.

Typography II - Journal Entry #5

Jonathan Harris Talk

The whole thing was very deep and interesting to me. He describes his life working as an artist but also as a computer scientist and how different those two paths are. On one spectrum you have the work of an artist which is free-roaming and expressive while on the other you have a computer scientist's code work which is deeply analytical and structured. It must have been extremely difficult to juxtapose both of those frames of mind, and by displaying his balloon-online dating interface he shows that he was definitely capable. However he then furthers his thoughts onto the fact that after completing his dating project, he then realized how technology-dependent our current society has become, how everyone chooses to interact via a mobile device or a computer program rather than actual physical interaction. It's kind of sad. And he establishes that technology can overwhelm people and make them not only anonymous but less "feeling" as well.

I've always agreed that the advance of technology is a great thing, but humankind must not forget that technology and the world it exists in is not the same as the realim that WE dwell in. Be careful not to get lost in that other realim, even if you're people like us to constantly use it for their careers. You may find to be a happier person if you balance time amongst the two worlds. :)