Uncreative Design


tina posted questions week 6 in Uncategorized

what is the significance in the gap between intention and outcome?

for jean arp, ‘perfection and finish have the look of death, while accident, transience or withering show an openness […]’. is this true for all things? is perfection and finish in art or design a kind of death?
as graphic designers, how can we resist automation and mechanism and retrieve spontaneity in our process?

how much editing power should you have with chance operations; is curation acceptable?

Minkyoung posted Questions for Week6: The aesthetics of chance in Uncategorized

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?

Minkyoung posted Assignment 5: Chance poster process book in Uncategorized

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.

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christina posted Assignment 4/ Dream Journey in Uncategorized

Dream Journey

The “Princess” ideology is a major presence among girl culture of America. Disney is the biggest instigator of this, and there are many characteristics about the visual presentation of Disney princess characters that promote an idea of what a “girl wants to be”, from physique to voice to attitude to situations. One of the physical characteristics that communicates the princess behavior ideology is the hand gestures. USing the “Dream Journey” DVD desktop wallpaper, I chose to erase everything but the arms and the title. What does this say when these text and gestural messages are isolated?

Webb-Dream Journey

Rio posted Week 5 Discussion Questions in Uncategorized

In shifting critical focus away from the author’s supposed intention to readership and the act of the interpretation, I can’t help but consider the boon this must have been to theorists and structuralists like Barthes and Foucalt. They did, after all, give themselves permission to continue their own line of thinking.

Calling a level-headed addendum to an essay about authorship “Fuck Content” seems like a strikingly well realized form for content (Rock’s essay), right? He goes on to imply that content can never be formless: “form without content (as if that were even possible)” Can anything be formless?

Consider what Rock implies about form and content the following quote: “The children’s book is the purest venue of the designer/author because the content is negligible and the evocative potential of the form unlimited” What does he mean? Is form being somehow equivocated to illustration? Is the opportunity to be didactic conducive towards pliable form?

Prashast posted Questions 10/9 in Uncategorized

Barthes’ argument implies that the author cannot be present to defend his/her work, therefore his/her intentions are inconsequential and the viewer’s experience is what creates meaning. What then is the role of plaques at museums?

“The meaning of his [Alfred Hitchcock’s] work is not in the story but in the storytelling.” We learn in MAKING MEANING to travel “bottom-up” – starting from a concept or idea, followed by analysis and discussion and then fleshing out the form. Do we lose the value of intuitive making through this process? Do we lose a sense of wonder and otherworldliness of design? Does analysis and interpretation tie design down to the real world, rather than have it keep its sense of wonder and mystery?

Design, unlike “art”, cannot be misunderstood. How can the designer’s voice then come into play?

Theory is essentially what validates art/design/literature etc. We cannot get rid of it, but what sort of modes of discussion can be adopted to keep the interpretation less narrow? A eloquent description of form, perhaps?

Rio posted Assignment 3: Parse in Uncategorized

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I parsed a transcription of an exercise the artist Lucas Samaras made in 1971 where he interviewed himself about his practice, ideologies and tendencies.

My presence is felt as italicized intrusions into his internal dialogue. Sometimes I answered his questions, other times I attempted to dissect his answers and line of thought. Ultimately, I, like Samaras, am thoroughly compromised through the framework of the exercise.

Jamar posted Jamar Week 4 Assignment on Parse in Uncategorized


christina posted assignment 3/ parse: genesis in Uncategorized

the words of the song Genesis by the artist Grimes is parsed into images. the images chosen are snippets from ancient Persian manuscripts showing female and male anatomy as well as conception. “Recognizable” images such as eyes and hearts are used for the nouns, and more abstract crops are used for the verbs, prepositions, etc based on their visual nature. These 1.5″ x 1.125″ crops are literally pasted into live text in InDesign. Like the song, these paintings portray existence/ being in a much more romantic way than science. Like the Genesis story from the bible, the song and images both reflect a myth of “creation” and “disobedience”

There is internet debate about what the lyrics of this song say; this inspired a further alteration to the pictures. To do this I applied a filter to my linked image file and let it update within the existing constraints of the Indesign file, abstracting the “image-words”. I think that parsing- as related to Genesis- is an act of creation and disobedience in itself.

(Genesis def: The basic narrative expresses the central theme: God creates the world and appoints man as his regent, but man proves disobedient and God destroys his world through the Flood.)