Friday, January 20, 2012

Your turn #1

Illustration by Ricardo Leite
Again, welcome to my class. Nice first meeting. There is plenty to talk about:

1- Design as individual mark, as communication, as expression, as lebeswelt. The importance -and effect- of technology, the good and the bad of it  (forgot to mention global warming, an obvious effect of human -involuntary- design).
2- Style as form, personal stamp, as methodology, as performance, etc.
3- The relativity of epoch and the idea of obsolescence (i.e., purposeful decay built into the design).
4- How design is relative to materials, i.e., language, alphabet gets inscribed in stone, papyrus, vellum, paper, or digitalized ( i-pad, kindle, etc). The idea of books as objects, media, memorabilia, etc (I made a case for a future Kindle that is 3-D, and feels like a analog book). I find a peek into the immediate future of tablets here (in fact we commented this possibility):
McIntyre also predicts that tablets, and not just smart phones, will become more like digital wallets, replacing the need to carry physical currency or identification. She suggests that identity will be vouched by “voiceprint” (speech verification) or software that can analyze an individual’s keystroke patterns.
 5- If there is anything else worth saying, go ahead!

I am closing this post next Thursday at 4pm.

38 comments:

monkeytoe said...

One of the ways in which I separate the idea of graphic design from that of Art, is that the message of graphic design is meant to be more specific and less opaque than that of art. This comes from my association of graphic design with that of advertising or functional design (for example, traffic signs). While the “design junkie” might recognize the creative house or mind behind an advertisement, the general audience for that advertisement is going to recognize the product and other than like or disliking the presentation, not think of the creative mind(s) behind it. It all makes me wonder where are the lines, no matter how fuzzy and ambiguous, that define what is and is not graphic design. Is there a meaningful definition of graphic design, even if it is contentious? Would that definition be plastic enough to apply to new technologies as old technologies fade?

Robert Wright

monkeytoe said...

Here is an interesting juxtaposition of two different categories of graphic design: movie character toys and luxury logos.

http://www.psfk.com/2012/01/lego-star-wars-luxury-brands.html

Robert Wright

A.T. said...

Nice site, Robert. I'll add it to our list.

Ana Trinchet said...

For my part I am very glad that I am taking this class I think it’s going to be very interesting. I am not a graphic design major but I am very interested in it. In my opinion graphic design is one of the things that form part of our daily life experiences. One of the things that caught my attention in this post was “the idea of obsolescence”. It is a very fascinating concept, the functionality or meaning of objects does not have to end when their decay is evident, on the contrary it is there that another phase and purpose begins. We see it in our daily life, is as simple as recycling a can, a bottle, the notebook from your last semester class.
“The idea of books as objects”, for example the kindle. I don’t oppose the idea of going forward and inviting technology into our life. It is in everyone comfort to progress and the kindle or ipad shows that. However I have a personal opinion about that, for me there is nothing like a book the experience is completely different. There is always going to be a new gadget with new features for our consumer society but the book has been with us for centuries and they keep being useful to us.

Ana Trinchet

Anonymous said...

The discussion held in class about the innate nature of design is a concept that most of us overlook on a day-to-day basis. The relation between design and style is probably the most defining characteristic regarding this practice and it is what has shaped cultures and traditions throughout history. One feature that intrigues me about this course is surveying the different styles that emerge in a certain geographical area during different time periods. The fascinating phenomenon of human growth and evolution is shown directly through the changes in style in every design feature that is created. The constant revamping of fashion trends, art and architecture, advertising, among others serves as testimony to ever-changing social occurrences. Therefore, the analysis of design in different areas and time periods finds its own important sociological goal and it lets us recall the manner in which world continues to morph into new formats of design.


Alejandra Esayag

Anonymous said...

Design is quite possibly the most versatile style of art, being that it encompasses so many different mediums, forms, and objectives. When you first mention the word ‘design’ to an average person, it is most commonly interpreted as graphic design for commercial purposes. Other common thoughts on what design might entail are: interior design, architecture, and even fashion design. All of these applications were created by an individual, and are an expression of themself. Designers, as they gain fame, tend to become recognizable by repetition of a theme or style. For example, Lilly Pulitzer, a fashion designer, is known for her bright, colorful patterns on clothing. Emilio Terry, a turn of the century Cuban artist turned interior designer, is best known for his self coined “Louis XIX” style. Design though, for these people especially, relies on technology. Clothing and buildings, as technology, allow designers like Lilly Pulitzer and Emilio Terry to express themselves as artists in unconventional mediums. Design therefore, is everywhere. We wear it, live in it, eat off of it, even eat it.

-Lauren Hahamovitch

Anonymous said...

It is unfortunate that the word “design” has become accepted as a frivolous term in our society today. Last year when I studied design at a college in Pennsylvania, my friends and family would simply assume that I meant I wanted to be a fashion designer because that was the most common thing they had ever heard of the word “design” being associated with. Even though I understood how they have come to think like this…through reality television, magazines, news, etc… it still bothered me because design is literally everywhere you look and in everything you do. Design in itself has allowed me to form these words, type on this computer, and then send my message through the elusive Internet. I took this course so that I would have a better understanding of what has influenced graphic design today and use this knowledge to my advantage when coming up with my own graphic designs in the future.
-Marylyn Davis

Anonymous said...

To be honest, on first sight of the artwork by Ricardo Leite, I was pretty much baffled by what he was trying to express in his combination of a photograph and abstract graphical design in this single piece of illustration. Other than noticing that the pentagon which is place around the middle of the photographs, and flipping around kind of randomly in the picture, with some of the shapes being see-through, I was not able to think of any good reasons why it was designed this way, in all honesty. However, on the topic of design, I would think that every single one of us have our own style and thought of design, and sometimes, like the example of Ricardo Leite, other viewers like myself would not have the slightest idea why he would design something as abstract as the illustration. However, if he was to explain his logic behind it, we might be able to see the light, but at the same time, we might not, still. Design is something that expresses oneself, and I have at various times tried to design something for other people, but along the way realized that I am still going back to my own distinct style.
Technology is pretty darned good, in the light that it helps us accomplish our daily tasks faster and easier. Yet, a lot of bad points come out of technology. With the speed comes the increased workload, with the extra help, we tend to forget the basics. There are also times when I think that technology is hard to express the design that we want to have in our minds. Hence, I think that in regards to technology, I would prefer to use traditional methods and in a way combine with technology for more creative purposes.
Like I had put it previously, I would think that design is more than just an artwork. It is a personal symbol, a personal style. I would think that many companies have their own distinctive styles when designing their own products, but sadly the best styles get copied and then manipulated a little to be called their own in a case such as the Samsung and Apple tablets and phones design.
-Vincent Fung

Amy said...

This class got me thinking about design as much more than an art form, but rather a staple in our daily life. It is there to make thinks not only more aesthetically pleasing, but also has the function to relay a message with clarity and organization, ( and with this I am referring to graphic design). I think this class will help me explore the different aspects of design that I had not thought about and in this way I would be able to look more objectively into why graphic artists use or do certain things with different techniques.

- Liudamy Sedeno

Anonymous said...

The concept of design is very broad. In terms of graphic design, it’s often seen as one dimensional and accompanied by an easily recognizable message. I feel like the subtleties of the artist’s choices are too often overlooked, but it is those choices (i.e. specific colors, composition, text, medium, etc…) that mark the individual. Conversely, the audience’s interpretations of the artist’s ideas mark them as well. In this illustration by Ricardo Leite, his choices in terms of composition, by radiating the red diamonds and pentagons around a central point, and color, the neutral background juxtaposed with the brighter shapes are aesthetically pleasing. However, looking for a message is much more personal than direct. In reference to the idea of obsolescence and its affect on materials of the day and the evolution of design, I feel that it is a double-edged sword. On one hand, evolution is great, technology can be so helpful in our everyday lives and in reflecting what our lives are about. However, in adopting these new technologies, we sacrifice a bit of culture and tradition. That’s not to say that our cultures and traditions can’t evolve with us, but people who grew up around books, for example, are going to miss turning pages when e-readers and iPads are in vogue.


Alexandra Roe

Anonymous said...

Technological obsolescence might be a term expressing the decline or decay of design, but it is very difficult for us to neutrally assess developments that our made within our own lifetime. To make a bold stereotype – the younger generation are positively drawn toward technological progressions, whilst the older generation regularly condemn these ‘advances’ as the fashionable whims of a consumer society, driven by convenience.

It is hard to gain the perspective to effectively address these issues. With hindsight the majority of people now accept that electricity was a positive advancement in technology. We cannot imagine our lives without it. However, our attitude was not always so positive.

When discussing the evolution of the book there is often a hostile attitude towards the kindle, but it is necessary to remember our hostile attitude towards past advancements. The truth is – whether or not you approve or support the future of the tablet or whatever the next upgrade might be – there can be no doubt that yet more ‘advancements’ are coming. They are inevitable, just as design is an inevitable side effect of evolution, an innate part of the human make up that can be both beneficial and damaging.

Harriet Ashton

Emilee Lau said...

Whether it be modern scientists studying the ancient cave paintings of Altamira, editors choosing which color font goes best with Scarlett Johansson’s dress on next month’s cover of Vogue, or someone using a KitchenAid blender to make a smoothie, design proves to be our “lifeworld” and literally unavoidable. While limitless in its forms, I believe that design can most importantly act as a connective tool for individuals to communicate, interact, and share ideas. Whether their relationship be artist and viewer or retailer and consumer or even environment and inhabitant, design caters to and encourages social interconnectedness. The idea of everyone having an iPad that can literally do everything for them (cell phone, laptop, clock, wallet, hairdryer, etc.) is almost frightening. As if humans do not already have to come up with new and interesting ways to get the exercise they need, our laziness can only be further exacerbated by the countless conveniences provided to us by modern technology. It makes me think of the rotund people of the future in “Wall-E” and how that reality might not be too far off of a stretch for our society. If new technologies are replacing older methods of communication, (resulting in the U.S. Postal Service closing half of its 500 mail processing facilities across the country for example), then society should be wary of the fact that social skills may be at stake and learn to compensate for the interactions that someone may have had on an afternoon trip to the bookstore rather than replace it with the five minutes it took him to download the newest bestseller using a Kindle from his living room couch.

can zarb said...

As we discussed in the class, we see design everywhere in our daily lives. It is simply the composition of different elements and shapes together. We use design to function, express and to appeal things depending on the purpose of the design.
Today, most of the things are designed by the presence of the technology, but I think that we don’t really need technology to design. And to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of technology, it definitely makes our lives easier, but doing so makes us lazy. And even though we think we cant survive without technology, this question comes to minds: How did people live 100 years ago..?
Every designer has his/her own style. When we look more work of Ricardo Leite we see that he uses geometric shapes in his illustrations. In this one we see a city with bunch of geometric shapes, quadrilaterals and pentagons, which are the only colored things in the illustration. I think he did so to give emphasis on the shapes more than the city itself.

Anonymous said...

One of the most interesting things we discussed in class was the use of design in relation to the material. As humans moved from design on stone and wood to paper and even electronic devices, the font, styling, and placement of text and pictures drastically changed. When we looked at the Roman column, the use of carving tools had to be considered—today, on devices like iPads and Kindles, these ancient fonts are still in use, but thousands more have been created and utilized throughout the use of pixels. Something I am very interested in learning more about is how there is a tendency and interest in design to move back to “retro” designs, or minimalist and simple layouts. When we discussed ancient design and older typography, we have a tendency to think of ancient peoples as “leaving their mark” on the world, but I think it is just as important to consider how we leave our own mark today, and how people will view our design in future decades.

-Stephanie Kryzak

Anonymous said...

Design is not limited to graphic design. Everything has been designed in order to help us communicate and express ourselves. Design has helped to create new technology which has become so integrated in our lives. There are constant updates and discoveries being made on a daily basis. The second topic discussed in class was about the definition of style. I believe that style is a personal stamp because it’s an individual’s way of expressing themselves. Everyone has their own personal style, even if their style may appear similar to others. In relation to the kindle discussion, I recently received a kindle as a gift. It is hard to adjust to using the kindle because it is unlike a physical book in terms of touch and display. For years it has been said that the number of sales of books has declined because people are switching to digital methods. I believe this to be true, but I also believe that people have an infatuation for physical books and turning the pages themselves. It is difficult to switch over completely to a digital form. Lastly, I noticed the comment in the post by McIntyre. The technology McIntyre discusses seems impersonal and makes everyone to seem like just a number out of the mass of people on the planet. I believe that it’ll have to take more time for the adjustment to incorporate technology more and more into our daily lives.

Ashley Bahamon

joyce sosa said...
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joyce sosa said...

Graphic design sometimes is taken for granted and some people just think that it is either the use of Photoshop or Illustrator or Indesign and that it doesn’t goes beyond that. I used to think that when I was little, that it was all about computers, but what many people don’t realize is that its origins date back thousands of years ago , and as professor said in class , almost everything around us is design. As an undergraduate pursuing my degree as a graphic designer , I am very interested in knowing more about graphic design history , specially when there were no computers or ways to change a project other than with your own hands . Moreover Learn about different styles that have changed during the years and how it differs from today’s design, always having influence from previous styles that get repeated over time .I am really looking forward to the progress of this class to learn more about the origin of almost everything we have around us.
-joycesosa

Anonymous said...

Graphic design is something we interact with in our everyday lives. In class, we first started to talk about calligraphy and how letters and writing came about. Writing started as a form of communication, however, since their tools were limited they would have to adapt to the material they were using. Being an exercise physiology major, this is the first time I have ever taken an art history class and have ever thought of graphic design in this way. I am not much of a creative or analytical thinker but once my mind was put to the test, I really began to see the beauty of it.
During the first lecture we also got into technology and how today everything is based on the internet, ipad, and virtual relationships. As centuries and time has passed people have created these gadgets that have changed our lives forever. I do not know what I would do without my iphone. It is my planner, my secretary, and my form of communication. These people are creators and what they have created is a form of graphic design. I am extremely excited to learn more and think a little bit deeper into the true meaning of art and creation.

- Erika Gonzalez-Rebull

kaitlin said...

I find Leite's design uncomfortable to look at, which I imagine is what he may have been aiming for. The juxtaposition of the old photograph and imposed shapes are difficult to reconcile visually and conceptually. The photograph is a two-dimensional representation of an orderly space, defined by Roman architecture. It's a space that one could imagine themselves walking through, filled with the history, in awe of the craftsmanship. So much transpired in order for the design and construction of space to occur, and eventually be captured by photograph. The imposed shapes oppose the traditional order of the architecturally defined space. They challenge the eye's perception of space and refuse to conform to a pattern or order. The ambiguity of the shapes contrasts against the familiarity of the photograph and it's content. Although I find it uncomfortable, I love the way the designer has transformed the old and decaying, and made it new. It makes me aware of my own inner resistance to change, the part of me that's thinking "why did he have to go and ruin that nice old photograph", challenge it, and embrace the new.

Kristen Vargas Vila said...

Graphic design is frequently associated with digital art and is assumed to only have originated within the past few decades. This is a common misconception. Graphic art originated thousands of years ago when humans discovered materials to design on and work with. It’s an art form that combines ideas, text and graphics in order to communicate a message.

Graphic design is everywhere, literally. It’s in the signs we see, the posters we read and advertisements on television. Designers use style to differentiate themselves from others and if their unique “stamp” is good enough, it will be imitated.

Technology has played a huge role in the development of graphic design. One monumental technological advancement was Gutenberg’s printing press since it allowed for the widespread dissemination of graphic art. Another advancement was Apple’s invention of the Macintosh computer which allowed artists to digitally create art. Both of these examples demonstrate how technology defines how graphic art is created and is a product of the current generation.

-Kristen Vargas Vila

Lindsey Reiff said...

Last week’s lesson got me thinking more about the butterfly effect/chaos theory, which is essentially the idea that everything we do will affect everything else in the world. By simply living, we are leaving our own mark on the world. Whether we are walking somewhere and marking up the dirt or sitting on a couch and leaving an indent, we are forms of technology, all changing the texture of the earth in our own unique ways. It may seem like a stretch, but every time we breathe we are changing the consistency of the atmosphere, and whenever we come into contact with anyone, even if we do not directly communicate with them, we are changing their life in some way. We also use materials to do our daily artwork, driving in cars and building with tools, as well as using digital technologies. In everything we do and everywhere we go, we are expressing ourselves and designing our world.

UNAMYNOUS said...

Rising Above Graphic Design Clutter:
The problem with technology in graphic design is that it gluts the market. Allowing anyone with a computer to become a designer has its advantages and disadvantages. Positively, digitization increases the width and creativity of graphic design. Negatively, more graphic design content leads to clutter. If you accept that computerization creates a lower standard or quality of design, than it is interesting to wonder what medium returns art to decency. But, to say that technology hinders design is immature. Steve Jobs humanized the design of personal computers and created the most valuable brand in the world. The irony of the argument about the positive relationship between technology and design comes full circle when looking at the bio of Jobs. His design was famously inspired by calligraphy classes. Did Steve Jobs rise above the clutter of modern graphic design by employing the styles of an ancient writing technique? -Augie Kazickas

Patty Alfaro said...

I have no background studying design other than in regular everyday life. I admit that it is everywhere and we are constantly bombarded with it. Still, I find it hard to think about design as a collective experience. I think the impact of design is more personal than that. Individuals will always experience things in different and nuanced ways. A mind blowing design to one person could be completely unappealing to or overlooked by another person.

When I think of design, I see it as more of a reflection of culture, or at least , what is being fed to a culture, including everything from right angled walls to v-neck shirts. Perhaps too often, people simply make due with what is available to them, without questioning too much, while manufacturers basically play God. Do we really need shinier gadgets and foamy soled shoes? Sometimes it seems like if a product is made, someone will buy it, no matter how ridiculous or expensive. However, design is only individual mark when choice is involved, whether deliberate or subconscious, not when something is bought or used simply because it is available.

Isaac said...

The illustration by Ricardo Leite combines two different design expressions to create an individual design. The granulated image of the traditional architecture portrays a methodological but organic design, with a warm and subtle feel. While the rigid, and vibrant red pentagons and quadrilaterals add a distracting and inorganic layer to the image. Together, these layers create a composition that is, in my perception of design, in tension. The tension is prevalent between the power of the red and the subdue nature of the sepia photo, by the contrast of the tectonic nature of the traditional buildings and the floating vivid shapes.

In regards to design as lebswelt, I consider life categorized into two categories: nature and architecture. Architecture and nature are both design, one designed by man, one designed by god. Architecture is the addition to the world that mankind has created, and every article has a personal stamp to its creation. Each addition is not necessarily right or wrong, but there is a recognizable level over time of good or bad design in products. To the creation of technology of the assembly line by Henry Ford to the cup holders of your new Mercedes, they each have an individual design and effect on the world.

Anonymous said...

According to Wikipedia, a generally accepted definition of design does not exist even though the term has many different connotations. I must say that I agree with this. The word design can be used as a noun, a verb or an adjective. Design tends to be used to describe so many aspects found in our lives and can be found everywhere in our daily lives. It is so easy to overlook how design impacts our lives, especially when it comes to technology, yet we take it for granted. As far as obsolescence is concerned, I think this term can be applied to the material or physical aspect of technology, face it we are rapidly coming up with new material to replace old ones. However, I don’t think that it can be applied to design. I feel design will never be obsolete, society will always return to classic designs, such as fashion or architecture. Some may believe the opposite, because of planned obsolescence or product engineering, however, history always repeats itself, especially when it comes to design, can’t live without the classics... just my two cents.
Suelyn Chong

Anonymous said...

Design is everywhere, it is everything. Biology, the foundation of life is design. With this in mind it is interesting to look at graphic design in a broader sense. What is the deeper meaning behind the piece? What is the reason for its existence? When asking these questions, studying the history of graphic design will take us farther away from its general message, and closer to a more evolved understanding of the world. Thus, in my opinion the most prominent aspect of design is design as lebeswelt; which was introduced by Edmund Husserel in his book: "Crisis of European Sciences." Though art also has this ability, the way design's purpose is to incorporate a message, makes the philosophy of it all a lot stronger.
-Alexa Prosniewski

Anonymous said...

The Paleolithic graffiti really caught my attention. I loved the idea of people doodling because they feel the need to leave something behind, leaving their mark on the world. It is one person’s unique and individual design and style. Was that caveman thinking about these things when he drew that? Probably not, but he still felt the urge and the need to draw it. A lot can be learned about a person, or be a reflection of culture of that time period from one small drawing. It can be a message to another person, inspiration coming at any random time, reliving a moment, or even boredom. No matter what the context or medium of the drawing is, it gives that person’s life a sense of importance. We all live our lives day by day and event by event, but as said in class, it is impossible to have a “photographer from heaven” to capture all those moments that we did not. So it becomes our responsibility as humans to doodle, sketch, make art of any form for the sole purpose of leaving a message behind.

Josef Albert

Anonymous said...

This is an interesting look relating how design is changing in biology and incorporating electronic media:

http://www.dubberly.com/articles/design-in-the-age-of-biology.html

-Alexa Prosniewski

Anonymous said...

Our first lecture really made me realize how design is innately engraved into our existence as everything that we do takes on our own personal style. We leave our own unique mark on many aspects of our lives (not necessarily relating to art at all). I am looking forward to analyzing how over time design has transitioned from being instinctual to an art form and dominant player in the commercial and ever changing society that we live in. Design encompasses such a wide range of meanings and is largely based on perception. I am curious to examine the intentional meanings behind design and the reactions and interpretations of these productions.

Natalia de la Canal

Anonymous said...

In recent years, my definition of graphic design has changed greatly. Originally, I was very limited in my view and thought of it only as design done on a computer using any of the adobe programs. Since learning more about the origins and history of design I’ve begun to understand that is not the case. Graphic design can date back thousands of years and can be found in something as simple as writing and calligraphy.

However, because of the widespread use of technology, graphic design can be done by just about anyone with a computer. This creates a lot of clutter in the industry and on the web. What ends up setting such designers apart from one another, and apart from the clutter of work available, is their own personal style, or “stamp”. I think it is extremely important for a designer to develop and recognize their own personal style; however, they should not remain limited to it and still be able to design in new ways.

-Maddie Nieman

Luzyanis Fraga said...

The concept of Design is very broad. Every city in surrounded by objects designed to be used by their citizens. The need of the society varies depending on the time and location. I believe designers should study the past and use it in order to design for the future. This is the most accurate way of finding out what the society desires. The innovations of the present such as the iPad and Kindle are very contemporary. It is incredible that such small devices have so many different capacities. I like the possibility to use the iPad for reading. The capacity of being able to be reading and with the same device be able to check your email, send messages, search the web is amazing. In my opinion the major problem with technology is the effects that it may have in the environment. It is one of the main causes of global warming. In conclusion is very important to take advantage of technology in an appropriate way. We need to learn to determine when we are passing the limits of being attached to an electronic device.

Luzyanis Fraga

milkncereal said...

Art is a very relative idea. Art sometimes needs context to understand where it comes from and why it is art; the same with graphic design. Looking at Ricardo Leite’s illustration, at first it appears to be arbitrarily placed red quadrilaterals on a photograph. However, researching into his work, I see digital manipulation and use of paint or ink on them creating patterns or optical illusions. Why does he do this? Is it because he is creating art historical references to tribal patterns yet turning them into optical illusions? Or simply dabbing paint onto a photograph? In the end, it is hard to tell on any form of art unless the artist specifically explains.

Graphic design has become a great medium for people to not just express themselves but to imprint themselves. Any style, ideas, themes, or method used by the artist becomes the artist. It is their “personal stamp.” Leite’s manipulation of optical illusions to tribal patterns using bright primary colors on neutral, older photographs/designs illustrate a definite interest in the design of the past brought together to the present. Color manipulation and distortion on common place images or designing onto ancient representations becomes Leite’s style, his social footprint, his image. Notably, this reminds me of graffiti artists who are today’s most numerous designers plaguing the city streets like Banksy and Shepherd Fairey, or Thierry Guetta aka Mr. Brainwash. They are sometimes known for their skill and creativity, but sometimes it is simply because we recognize them and their social imprint through their design, and not for who they are but what they do.

milkncereal said...

Oops forgot to put my name: Jacinta Yong

Anonymous said...

I had always considered graphic design to be a recent development in the art and design world, thinking in a very narrow-minded sense of the current concept of graphic designers involving a lot of modern technology and advanced computer software. Then came my first day of graphic design class last year and the teacher asked us to define what graphic design was. You would think as a graphic design major that would be the easiest question to answer, but ten minutes of rambling later and still no one was able to. The teacher then wrote two words on the board: visual communication. It was as simple as that. What makes graphic design different from just any form of art or design is that it is created with the purpose of communicating a message. Art itself doesn’t really have to have a true purpose to be defined as art – it can be made as a form of expression or merely to be aesthetically pleasing. Graphic design, however, has the purpose of relaying a message – whether it is through something as straightforward as an advertisement or a flyer, or as subtle as a logo or album cover. It is this definition that truly shows how graphic design is an ancient art form, because it has been around as long as people have been communicating with each other. With the development of technology and forms of communication also comes the development of the graphic design field, which is why it has received so much more attention over the past century. As technology continues to grow so will the possibilities for graphic designers. Just recently Apple announced their new textbook initiative, which involves creating interactive textbooks for your Mac or iPad which include videos and animations and one of my graphic design professors has already begun to work on creating one.

Nan Gallagher

Lisandra said...

Even though my major is not graphic design, as an Architecture student I’m required to both know about it and understand the way it works. I believe that graphic design plays a great role in our daily lives and it affects it on every aspect; take for example the way us perceive the world around us. Is through the use of this method that that a very large part of the information that we receive is transferred; newspapers, the internet, television, books, magazines, posters. Just like the design of a building, the front cover of a magazine might reflect the personality and the character of the designer who produced it, just like it can speak about the trends that are taking places on a particular time. For example if you want to get to know some of the particular political and social problems happening in any city you don’t have to go much further than to look at the graffiti being display in their low income neighborhoods, by simple looking at it you can get a quick glance or even a more profound explanation, depending on the artist , of ideas and feelings surrounding the city.

By: Lisandra Nunez

Ernest said...

I believe that design is all around us, form the architecture of the house that shelters us to the form of the toothbrush that we use to brush our teeth. It’s very important to read between the lines, as designers I believe it’s vital for us to see the message embedded on the piece of art left there by the artist, it’s the only way not only to appreciate the work but to understand the processes and as designers go even further which is to be able to create our own. Some say look to the past if you want to know what is ahead, that’s way I believe a class such as this one that covers the history of a very important form of art is so important for our education as future artists. Our lives are fully affected by this form of art, it’s the most popular way in which information is being delivered, and it’s in our iPads, newspapers, books, posters etc, it’s been here since the beginning and it will be here till the end.

By: Ernesto Morales

Anonymous said...

I think that technology is important for designing. The world we live in is dependent on technology. Especially for my generation, we had the chance to see the development of design and technology. At the same time though I think that technology is ruining our lives. I always wonder what will be like in the future with my children and the very developed technology. Every where I go, I see young children playing with their phones, Ipad’s, I-pod’s and etc and do not even communicate with their own parents which is very sad. On the other hand we all must admit that technology is essential for many things. The technology used to facilitate the tasks to humans but this is disputed by some great thinkers of our century who see it as harmful to humanity. However technology helps us in variety of areas such as comfort, security, medicine and most importantly design. We see great design examples all around the world and technology is the main aspect that helps the design world to develop. The idea of obsolescence is a very interesting concept that took my attention. It shows that design is making progress, as technology gets better so they are very dependent on each other.

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Anonymous said...

As a result of design being one of the chief forms of personal expression, it is a constantly developing, growing, and advancing entity. We use design on a daily basis to promote our own ideas as well as assist in promoting the ideas of others. When our ideas advance, our designs and expressions follow suit. The illustration by Ricardo Leite, for example, is a composition of old design layered with new design (an old grayscale photo with bold, bright, minimalistic shapes). It is in this way that we can observe the anachronistic nature of design. It does not forget about the old and obsolete, but rather develops from it using new technology. To me, well-orchestrated design shows an appreciation for the timelessness of classic styles and enhances them with contemporary technology.

Jamie Shankman