Uncreative Design

Morgan Ruby

Reading Responses /

1. Junkspace seems to be deemed unworthy by architects. Do you have the same opinion as a graphic designer?

2. What are the benefits of junkspace? Does it have a certain form or function?

3. Have you ever created a junkspace? Do you prefer junkspace or do you think all spaces should be purposeful?

Reading Responses /

1. How can we benefit from collecting? What’s the difference between a collector and a hoarder?

2. How do you decide what gets added to a collection? Does adding objects increase or decrease collection value?

3. Does having the collection in a certain environment increase its relevance?

Reading Responses / Default

1. Do default settings make your life easier or harder? Would you rather live in a world with or without default settings?

2. Does default assume most people are lazy or stupid? Are we lazy or stupid because of default?

3. Are we, as graphic designers, responsible for the default? Do we stifle ‘creativity’ or ‘voice’ by creating the default?

Reading Responses /

I think our projects are ultimately narcissistic. By giving away control we latch onto the bit of control we have, and that seems to be the most important part of our project. Do you agree? Are you feeling self-important right now?

Does chance-based artwork make the artwork more approachable?

Does chance-based artwork always require wall text? Is it less valid without or with?

Reading Responses / Week 4

1. Most all of us are creating some sort of documentation of our lives on the internet. Why are we obsessed with this autobiographical publication? Is your online identity authentic?

2. Has the internet changed how we perceive art and writing? With so much of it so easily accessible, do we value it more or less?

3. Are graphic designers expected to be creating original art in today’s age? Do you think Goldsmith would agree with Oded Ezer’s quote from his lecture yesterday: “The internet makes us think there is nothing new to create, but this is absolutely incorrect.”?

Reading Responses, Response Week 2 /

1. Goldsmith says “Data is not information until it is available to potential consumers of that information.” Do you agree? Does this statement make designers more important than they should be?

2. Do you think there is a distinction between ‘viewership’ and thinkership’? Are we not both viewers and thinkers as designers? Why or why not?

3. Do you think Goldsmith is looking for attention in his writing? Do you think he fully believes what he’s writing, or is he just trying to rouse a response?

Reading Responses, Response Week 2 / Reading Response ch. 1–3

1. Do yo think authorless literature will every catch on as a mainsteam form of writing?

2. If so, do you think society would benefit from this?

3. Goldsmith says “A paratextual reading of my e-mail would claim all the new texts as being of equal importance to the nursery rhyme.” when the nursury rhyme is translated into a form of computer language. Seeing as we grew up with the computer, many of us think to search in a ‘keyword’ form. Do you agree with a paratextual reading being of equal importance to the original poem?

4.  How many buzzwords can you count in ch. 1–3?

day 1 / ‘Canal st NYC buying knock offs?’

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