"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep" - Scott Adams

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Journal 13

Larry Lessig's lecture was interesting and definitely relevant as the majority of his argument concerned the younger demographics. Essentially, he discussed the ways people are learning to use resources and technology to recreate/create different things (i.e. music, videos, artwork. etc.) However, laws are becoming more and more strict on the boundaries and consequences of copyrighting to the extent where remixing and collaborating work is frowned upon. According to Lessig, this has gone to far because in his opinion it is a positive act. It is people learning to manipulate things around them to say things differently – something we should encourage. I agree with this arguement though I feel like more times than not, its a case by case basis when people challenge the rules of theft.

Journal 12

David Carson–

Really enjoyed his work and his unique uses of typography, rare that I've see it done that well. This is definitely a link I plan to reference in the future for any explorations with type. The motion graphics shown in the video were also well done. The transitions were interesting and fit perfectly into the background audio. I really responded to his way of mixing typography (different strokes, sizes, etc.) because he would do so in a way that one might not assume would be successful yet he makes it work.

Paula Scher-

She was very relatable to me because I go through similar steps for a design project and it reassuring to know that professionals go through the same process. With her commentary on the identity jazz, she mentioned the importance of the interaction with the client and how she adapts to their preferences which I also responded to since I have been newly recriuted for a position on a newspaper. Lastly I thought her discussion of the theater identity becoming a popular style was really interesting, I would love to be able to say that about my work some day.

Milton Glaser–

"The life of a designer is between two sets of entities, the life of the business man and life of the artist. And most people know where they lie..." This quote really stuck out to me because it feels so true. Glaser went on to casually discuss his very lax interpretation of design -"design is whatever"- because in a weird way it captured the essence of what we do. His lucid interpretations I felt demonstrated his passion for it because he thinks of it as a casual, beautiful, phenomenon as opposed to just a job or a class.

Journal 11

Debbie Millman is the host of the radio talk show, Design Matters, that is featured on DeisnObserver.com and is the President of a known design division at Sterling Brands, New York. But what caught my attention most was her contributions as editor to Print Magazine, a semiannual design publication. She is the President of AIGA and has written three books all regarding graphic design.

Millman's talk with Dee Dee Gordan was interesting to me because she was a trend seeker, a job I think sounds marvelous. Her influential work has landed in prestigious publications such as Vogue and the New York Times. This reminded me very much of a guy who's blog I've been following for years, the Sartorialist. He takes photographs of interesting people and fashion from all around the world and was recently named one of the most influential people in America.

Journal 10

I watched the state of the planet. This video was successful in showing the viewer lots of complex information but making it visually un-intimidating, even pleasing. It was a good example of how to incorporate type and motion, good reference point? I especially liked the transitions, very clean, simple, fun, but appropriate.
Browsing around the site, I was interested in the infographic designs shown. The majority of them are more simple which surprised me because I typically think of a poster conjested with stats for an infographic – though I'm learning otherwise. The graphics were often a clever interpretation of the content described and varied between photography, illustration and vector images and just minimal graphs.