The struggle for liberation under systems of really pernicious oppression is life-affirming in and of itself. You don’t have to get to the end of it for it to be life-affirming. The mistake people make with burnout is that they burn out because they’re constantly expecting it to get better. They don’t understand that what’s getting better is your ability to affirm your life, affirm your living self, affirm your relationships, love, and care.
Even when it seems to be just spinning your wheels, it’s not. It’s actually creating small spaces where really great things are happening. We typically want these big-picture things because that’s what the system teaches us. But what’s really stunning is creating these small spaces where really cool stuff is happening for whatever duration.
Academicism, professionalism, bureaucracy, and officialdom are all toxic to artmaking. They are necessary interference and shaping obstacles, not facilitators.)
Carol Bove, The Four-Hour Art Week
"Here lies the paradox of graphic design criticism. To be taken seriously, then, is not to define graphic design as something separate, but to move it beyond the confines of the discipline. 'If you read that rhetoric, it’s very much about founding, establishing, and earning respect,' Twemlow adds, rereading Vignelli’s call for criticism. 'That was an era of wall-building. It’s about the differences between design and art, and design and whatever. I think we’re a long way past that now.'"
— Jarrett Fuller and some quotes from Alice Twemlow, in his piece Design Criticism Is Everywhere—Why Are We Still Looking For It?
Design as a personal, ideological, or political action is important and useful; design as an industry is not. Why train students to be part of an industry? Why not train them to be active parts of the world?