Sunday, March 13, 2011

30 Conversations on Design

So, a brief summary of the videos that asked two questions (“What single example of design inspires you most?” and “What problem should design solve next?” )

Kit Hinrichs

typography, how letterforms are expressed.

what could be improved: going through security in airplane (more arcane), out of touch with design in 21st century

agustin garza

act of giving, holding offerings, ancient sculpture example of inspiring design

the integrity

where design is going to head next: environmental and social constraints will influence design. designers have the ability to seek solutions, will play a already present role in focusing on what is valuable and important (solving world problems)

ami kealoha

rubberband, different uses, ubiquitous, about the material, simply designed for tones of applications

design to solve noise and light pollution, rapid urbanization

design to solve health problems not only to add to consumerism

deborah adler

pieta by michealanglo, for the emotion it evoked, feeling empathy for mary, feeling connection towards the piece, raw emotion in the piece that we should all look for in design

a designer's strength should not be defined by their style or aesthetic. rather, it is about having a "love affair" with your audience, figuring out their problems and the desire to transform their problem into a solution.

emily pilloton

design as a process, not a product. mcgiver. fictional character, the original design thinker, most minimal resources, severe constraints. solutions are simple, often improbable but elegant.

design should tackle next: design as a untapped resource in public school systems (k-12), how we can offer the best parts of design (the process) for public education, design for education and design as eduction, redesigning education itself.

gong szeto

maps as visualization to tell stores, to explain

maps of military bases around iran

power of thoughtful design in telling story and transmit critical knowledge, design as a tool to make people smarter

k kirk and n. strandberg

iphone, interface (intuitive and revolutionary), consolidates, inspires others

problem should design solve next: already happening already Facebook and twitter--open up different avenues of communication

better wi-fi, better movement towards city wide wi-fi, universal ability compatibility in smart phones, better accessibility of smart phones (cheaper, more available)

ken carbon

ingénuité, utilité, beauty (in that order), if it's a great idea, and is useful, is going to be beautiful

q drum for water, water retrieval device, a large donut with a cap, pulled by a rope

simple, brilliant, makes life easier

#2: anything dealing with education. education + knowledge, leads to empowerment, which leads to positive change

tony hawk

apple products

lessening the intimidation of technology, doing what apple is doing right now by making new advancements still exciting and accessible

william drenttel

artifacts of graphic designs are not things we should worry about, rather, design that has more engagement with our world is more important, what inspires

design for scale change, not typography, not posters. focus on those challenges rather than print, and typical graphic design

start having expertise and knowledge, collaborating, find a way use design as a methodology, problem solving to lead us to solution to help the world.

So, I most connected to gong szeto's answer, of using design as the means to spread knowledge. I think that right now, as a graphic design student, the power of communicating ideas through graphic media is something that initially attracted me to this major, and has managed to keep my attention. It's tangible, it's concrete, and when it is done correctly, it is the personification of how beautiful the concept of an idea is.

If I was to answer these two questions myself, today, and I'm sure my answer would probably change due to my mood, of time of day, because right now I'm okay with being a fickle thing, I would answer as such:

1. The single example of design that inspires me the most is the work of my peers and fellow design students. The amount of potential I see motivates me to work harder and better, the passion that's there, the drive to improve, makes me proud to be one of them. I'm living in a time of real change, where my generation is passionate about using design to solve world problems, and taking classes with other students, and learning from my professors makes me unbelievably excited to design. This week I participated in a portfolio review day, as a baby sophomore in the program, it was intimidating at first to be in a room of juniors and seniors with their beautifully printed work all lined up, but I can't begin to describe how exciting it was to see everyone's work. It just pushes me to work harder so that I can create work like theirs. It was just the motivation I needed.

2. Design needs to solve education, whether that is the education system or the curriculum in our public school systems, it need to happen. Now. That's a problem we, as humans, need to solve.

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