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THE ASSIGNMENT: Working by yourself or in teams of 2, use the following parameters explain how a part of the body functions (literally or figuratively): Modify a provided garment; work with a text that you write; make the idea meaningful through another media — a series of still photographs or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2011 at Wordrobe
Tags for this week's questions: consumerism, responsibility, theory, good, corporate, commercial, formal, writing, critical/criticality, debates, culture. We mixed it up this week and had two sets of questions: One set of questions (2) before discussion and another set of questions (2) after class discussion. Before: Is consumerism the scapegoat for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at Theory1F10
Here's the presentation that I made in class yesterday covering the Clive Dilnot's "The Critical in Design" reading. This PDF includes slides an notes. Keep in mind that the examples of "critical design" are not that extensive and much much much is missing! Download Revolution Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2010 at Theory1F10
Have we fought so hard for subjectivity and individuality to the extent that it's harming us? When everything is right and valid, how do we defend anything? Who has power in today's design? Designer, client, or receiver? Who is the elite in design today? Can graphic design be different for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2010 at Theory1F10
Tags for this week questions: Deconstruction, critical form, values, post-structural, Keedy, post-modernist, contemporary times. Is there such things as truly critical form? That issue of visible language no longer functions as written language. Can that form still function critically? Can Deconstruction be a sustainable practice today? Why do we have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2010 at Theory1F10
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Finally! Following is the much-referenced "presentation" and discussion of "What I saw on my trip to the AIGA Design Educators Community conference, New Contexts: New Practices, held in Raleigh October 8-10, 2010." Because there's too much to cover in one post, I'll divide it into 2 or 3 parts plus... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at Theory1F10
What is the "truth" of design today? Why are we nostalgic for the birth of consumerism (i.e. Madmen and 60s)? How is design at CalArts addressing people and not itself? Is the next Avant-Garde something that doesn't fit into consumerism? Will design practice move away from creating form toward focusing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2010 at Theory1F10
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This week's assignment was to show the final design of the garment. Flickr images can be found here. ++ Next week is the final week for the project and the garments will be presented/performed. Many of you are making decisions about what to do with type. Here's the PDFs regarding... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2010 at Wordrobe
Tags for this week's questions: decorationalism, clarity, ornament, ornamentalism, ornamentation, humanism, functionalism, capitalism, neutrality Is personal opinion [in focus?] always appropriate? Are there messages that should be neutrally communicated? How does geography impact accepted trends in design? What is taboo behind the ornamental? Is it distracting from the message? The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2010 at Theory1F10
Tags for this week: Bauhaus, Avant Garde, innovation, identity, modernity, Modernism, language, academic, Helfand, ambiguity, internet, Itten, Bayer, Futurism, texting, catastrophe If I am not mentioned on the internet, do I still exist? A question about identity? If the Bauhaus was around today, what would they focus on? Do we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2010 at Theory1F10
As I'm beginning conversations with the MFA 2s about their thesis interests, I'm reminded of the importance and value of studying theory. My own history with theory began in the late 1980s and early 90s when we studied the big hefty, capital "T" kind of Theory: Lacan, Derrida, Barthes, Irigaray,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Theory1F10
Tags for this week's questions: disciplines, propaganda, advertising, "abstract art", technology, cultural, consumer, "critical thinking", Sagmeister, local, global, "social issues", politics, government, networks, moral, totalitarian, utopian, authenticity, sustainable, Constructivist, future, good Why are designer so pigeon-holed into certain disciplines? (ie. book designers would not make movies.) Differences between propaganda and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2010 at Theory1F10
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This week's assignment was to demonstrate/communicate your concept(s) through mock-ups, plans, and/or sketches. Below are a few that were shared in class. You can find more at the Wordrobe Flickr group here. ++ Next week your final T-shirts are due. A few things to keep in mind as you develop... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2010 at Wordrobe
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More images in Flickr. EXERCISE: Chose a common term relating to clothing or typography such as trim, button-hole, facing, building, construction, leading, hierarchy, rag-right, display type, body copy. It should one for which you already understand the definition. From a pile of T-shirts using tape, staples, clips, pins, write on,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at Wordrobe
Tags this week: theory, culture, critical reflection, practice, business, design, theory, dogma, blog, "starchitects", context, MICA, MFA, products, authorship, messages, universality, "social engagement", "newness", style, machines, Lupton, "American Design" When is the time to ask why? How does design theory inform culture (outside of design)? How does critical reflection inform/help... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2010 at Theory1F10
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Three qualities immediately strike me about Berman's introduction to his book, All That's Solid Melts Into Air, that alone make it worth my reading: The moments of beauty and magnificence of his language. The sincerity, passion, vehemence of his argument The ripeness of his lament. But in the end it's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2010 at Theory1F10
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A first post to talk about this class blog. It's not a mandatory blog, but a good way to engage your classmates in further dialog and to test your ideas. As I expressed yesterday, writing is a form of thinking (as is design) — you don't always write what you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2010 at Theory1F10
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