Uncreative Design

Questions for topics of Author Week 4

Is viewing a particular piece of writing or artwork without the notion of author looming necessarily a bad thing? Even if a work was author-less or under a pseudonym/alias, wouldn’t we still place author into context?

Wouldn’t the “death of the author” lead the reader to be perpetually confused? To play devil’s advocate, not knowing the author/the author’s intent/the author background, would be tantamount in aspects of informational loss as knowing the following information of the author (according to Barthes)?

“The trick is to find ways to speak through treatment, via a range of rhetorical devices—?from the written to the visual to the operational—to make those proclamations as poignant as possible, and to return consistently to central ideas, to re-examine and re-express.” Is this not content-driven? :/