Uncreative Design

Minkyoung Kim

Reading Responses / Questions for Week11: Junkspace

What is non-Junkspace?

Can Junkspace be applied to Graphic Design, non-physical space?

If everything inevitably becomes Junkspace, how much can we make a responsible proposal as a creator?

Reading Responses / Questions for Week6: The word as a printing surface

1. KM said that his arrangement which is different from collecting by his own obsessions, but isn’t the obsession the initial motivation for the act of collecting/arranging?

2. Should the manipulation of items of the collection be minimized?

3. When we think that practically we can not make the perfect collection including every object/items that the collector/designer/artist want, doesn’t the collecting remind the sense of loss, rather then preservation? If then, Is the collecting the way to get away from the collector/artist/designer?

Assigments / Assignment 7: Standard Paper

In US, the letter size is a standard form for printing. People are printing an official document, a draft of text, a sample of design, a report, or just everything, on this 8½ × 11 inch paper. I was wondering about how exact this standardized subject is. For this assignment, I collected 500 sheets of letter-sized papers from studio mates in the room 502, CIT building. By collecting the papers people are using as a default in the office, which were subtly diverse in terms of texture and color, I focused on creating a literally standard ream of paper of the studio.


Reading Responses / Questions for Week7: Default

1. In graphic design, how much are default design related with ugly design?
2. Is default design a reaction of the design going toward the art that is over customized on the vague boundary?
3. Can be Default design a Cliche?

Assigments / Assignment 6: Please email me at ___, & Dear____,

A series of the default document for daily communication.

1. Please email me at_______,: When I had multiple jobs with multiple email addresses for various reasons before coming to the school, I made a name card for containing all name of jobs. I remade it in English.

2. Dear_____,: When I write an email, there are certain patterns to write certain types of emails. I made a default email template for each categories: school and work, friends, family, and housing.



Uncategorized / Questions for Week6: The aesthetics of chance

1. Why the chance has an important meaning as the process in compare to a decision? Isn’t it another type of decision?

2. When we do operate the chance, would making it publish or not, depending on the result, be also another type of decision?

3. In graphic design, how can we use this aesthetics — how much graphic design can take unexpected results?

Uncategorized / Assignment 5: Chance poster process book

When I make something, it is always difficult for me to take people’s comment appropriately: which comment I should take, how much I should follow, and so on. A british artist Peter Schmidt and Brian Ino made ‘Oblique Strategies’ which is a set of cards, unexpected ‘strategy’ is written in the each card, such as ‘Use an old idea.’, ‘State the problem in words as clearly as possible.’, and ‘Only one element of each kind.’

So for this assignment, I want to explore the different way to create a work — open to any comments. I made a kind of feedback library by gathering comments I recorded(noted) in the class critiques since I came to RISD, and produced a poster titled ‘Chance’ following randomly selected from them. Interestingly, this process created a pretty nice result.

Reading Responses / Questions for Week5: The death of the author &..

1. Can we really be free from the authorship when reading, in the sense of that the context is including how it was written?

2. If graphic designer has an authorship, how do we carefully organize the designer’s name (copyright) on the every material?

3. Does the discussion about the designer authorship cover design in the post modernism (with no narrative, no organic, no rule; no sovereignty)?

Assigments / Assignment 4: The Safe Spaces

When I worked for a web agency for few years, I designed websites for the national public safety organizations in Korea, such as UN ISDR for the north-east asia, Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, and Korean National Emergency Management. These website were always following under a solid visual language; a main image that consists of people and the nature on the center, with subtle green or blue -ish color. My main job was creating a space by combining layers of people, grass, tree, and sky from my office’s image bank, to deliver a certain abstract atmosphere of ‘Safety’, a kind of utopian space from all kind of disaster; fires, floods, car accidents, electric shocks, or the North Korea.

To explore this strangeness and the abstractness about the safety further, I collected the first page of each website, and erased the contents; the text and the main agent on the picture.The result shows an empty space as a stage, that is also a crude combination of elements and looks fragile.


Uncategorized / Questions for Week4: ch.8–12

1. In the most of parsing-work, the final work and the explanation of its process look like that they can’t be separated. Can the parsed text exist by itself?

2. Like Art, is Uncreative writing self-serving; isn’t people who reading such uncreatively-written text also writers/designers/artists/or students who want to be the one of those? and, does it matter?

3. If so, is author responsible for that? Also, what kind of additional effort to attract people to read/access it?