Uncreative Design

A6 – Default

default |diˈfôlt|


1 failure to fulfill an obligation, esp. to repay a loan or appear in a court of law: it will have to restructure its debts to avoid default.

2 a preselected option adopted by a computer program or other mechanism when no alternative is specified by the user or programmer: the default is fifty lines | [ as modifier ] : default settings.


For this assignment, you will select a tool, a medium, a format or a typology to explore. What are the ‘defaults’ inherent to the tool? What are the most standard ways of using it? The most thoughtless ways? Are these defaults built in to the tool? Do they come from habit? From social custom? From repetition? From material constraints?

You will produce a minimum of 5 different compositions that use the defaults of your chosen tool,medium,format or typology. Try to push the defaults to the max. At what point do the compositions feel generic? Can they be made to feel like a frame through which to draw the viewer’s attention to the defaults themselves?


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