Uncreative Design

Jamar Bromley

Uncategorized / Jamar Week 4 Assignment on Parse


Reading Responses / Questions for Reading Week 4

1.) Goldsmith believes that Uncreative writing holds the same gravitas as reality TV, but can words really trump the ridiculous visual and auditory quality of reality TV? Can it stand tantamount in quality and measure?

2.) Should something uncreative hold the same weight as an original piece? For instance, if someone had an amazing story (just for the sake of the argument, it was completely original), should we even view the two side-by-side/comparatively? Is that fair?

3.) If everyone jumps on the bandwagon of uncreative writing as Goldsmith wishes, will a saturation of banal writing in the market create disinterest in the medium? Although such an event happens in our movie industry, I think the visual quality of a movie are far different than letters on a page—even with varied use of paper and typefaces.

Assigments / Week 3 Assignment—Parse

For this week I wanted to parse rap lyrics (both well crafted and horrendously made) in order to see if rappers of different skill and caliber would look similar under the same lens/process. I parsed specific lines dealing with opulence/power which created funny and serious results—what I found is that although narrow in focus, media’s portrayal through rap of the stereotypical black male is just as convoluted and skewed as what I believe the general’s perception of who constitutes as a black male.

Response Week 2 / Questions for Week 2

1) According to the reading, should uncreative writers be referred as, “curators,” as opposed to, “writers?”

2) Although Goldsmith supports the idea of uncreative writing becoming the new norm of creative form, should it replace creative writing, or should it live alongside it as a new, acceptable form?

3) In terms of curriculum, should an assignment of copying be added to the curriculum? Would it actually work similarly as it would in the example in Chapter 7?

Assigments / Assignment 2: Drift

1) So I wanted to explore the aspect of geography (physical) in relation to my cybernetic geography. So, in a perfect world, I would like to have this assignment juxtapose the physical location of the servers of the sites I visit against the locations of topics that I read about—mainly to discuss the idea of digital and physical transportation.

2) I used Google maps to drift around a known location—what it means… I’m still thinking about it.

Response Week 2 / 3 Questions for 9/18

1) Even though creative borrowing happens quite often in literature and is ironically lambasted, the push for this type of creative writing doesn’t seem to take root in academic writing for good, logical reasons. However, if it were to take precedence, how would it formulate within the context of academic writing (something other than citing other work)?

2) Uncreative writing seems to take on the form of art piece or a swift essay, or… pride and prejudice and zombies; can its methodology and practice manifest into a novel? If so, are there any examples of such things? All that comes to mind is “popcorn writing” or RP writing in which many users contribute to a single story in hopes of creating a comprehensive story.

3) In context of graphic design, is it possible to re-appropriate another designer’s style? Are there ways to create systems to borrow from other people’s work, not necessarily taking the image, but the basis or fundamental form that image utilizes?

Assignment 1 / My machine: stupidly stupendous

For my machine, I wanted to explore the juxtaposition of surreal, (and I mean that truthfully) social network-based media with facebook statuses. It is safe to say that most facebook users take a second look or review their written posts. Due to the fluidity of the process of sending out a quick snippet of text to the whole network, and an increased necessity to verbalize daily actions or observations, the reflexive review of one’s status is negligible. This machine that takes the form of a phone app, connects with a user’s facebook profile and creates juxtapositions of status and image in a quick process.

The process requires the use of a website called Reddit. More specifically, it uses the subreddit, a more precise genre agglutinative site, Cringepics. Cringepics is a collection of the cringiest photos found on the interwebs, some so horrid, it breaks the barrier of fantasy and reality. The algorithm takes keywords of a user’s facebook status and searches those keywords in Cringepics. It then finds the first useable photo and juxtaposes that image with the status.

Interestingly enough, some amazing results were generated. Not only was this app made to provide entertainment for the user, but it would also, hopefully, force the user to understand that his words and diction could easily fall into the realm of Internet cringe—in a way, an evil subconscious trickery. I’ll show a diagram in class that effectively shows the algorithm’s process.


day 1 / Greetings!

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3