Norms, Preconceptions, Rules to challenge through design and applied arts (photography, video, illustration etc)
Graphic Design Rules/Norms to challenge and play with:
The form of a book, the size, the order, the pages.
Number of pages
Concept before form
Representation of reality
Graphic Design and Art World
Does design need to be original?
Do we need to know the rules, to break the rules?
Is beauty enough reason to be?
Is everyone an artist?
What would we gain if everyone dared sharing their idea?
What would we gain, if everyone was taught to be creative?
Why are designers 'cool'? Should they be?
What is good design?
Is culture important? If it is, why?
Are museums important, if they are why?
What are the domains where design is not good? (define not good). Can it be improved? Why and how?
Is experience important to be a good designer?
Opposite Concepts and Aesthetics to play with
Feminine / Masculine
Fun / Serious
Perfection / Imperfection
Beautiful / Ugly
Old / New
Minimalism / Maximalism
Movement / Stillness
Handmade / Digital
Asbtract / Figurative
Timelessness / Ephemeral
Decorative / Rough
Accidental / Intentional
Baroque / Scandinavo
Punk / Versailles
Wide / Narrow
Division / Unity
Different / Alike
Intuition / Reason
Real / Imaginary
Folk Art / Digital Art
Light / Heavy
Whiteness / Blackness
Justice / Discrimination
Quick / Slow
Big / Small
Warm / Cold
Excess / Absence
Constant / Changeable
Loud / Quiet
Past / Future
Sunny / Rainy
Busy / Calm
Ethical / Unethical
Logical / Illogical
Notes on 'Learning by Heart'
Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us.
To create means to relate.
There is an energy in the creative process that belongs in the league of those energies which can be uplift, unify and harmonize all of us.
Tis energy, which we call"making" is the relating parts to make a new whole. The result might be a painting, a symphony, a building. If the job is done well, the work of art gives us an experience of whole called ecstasy - a moment of rising above our feelings of separateness, competition, diviseveness*
Shoning the light of poetry on basic skills and daily living.
Teaching one self to keep our eyes and mind open.
Art is not separate from life
' Bit by exhausting bit we were pushed into an awareness of the pulse and beauty of life around us and how to put them together to make our own life song.'
To work, play, see, touch, laugh, cry, build and use it all-even the painful parts, and survive with*style* that's what Corita taught. She taught that art is not something apart frm live and living.
Tore away at preconceptions.
Exhausting the self-conscious approachh to art.
'I had a wonderful art teacher,. She didn't teach us how to draw or paint so much as she taught us to care.
The importamce of LOOKING
The importance of structure: how we thing of structure as somethign that is taking freedom from us, rather than structure as making our creativity possible by providing a framework to build on.
Having a real reason for doing something gives motivation.
Deadlines help. A need, and a goal.
Making connections. Create is to make connections, relating. How can become bright, hardworking, imaginative people? By learning how to use our connecting ability to make new relationships.
There are moments in the creative process when one is aware of great things happening, but I never feel that is the "Creative Process". It is only a punctuated moment of excitement in the larger process. The hard times, too, ae part of the creative process.
the making of connections defines and makes possible creativity
** To the extent we can approach our job as an amateur (from the latin amare, meaning to love) will we be successful in our work. When we pursue a thing for love, we are free to fumble and make mistakes. We are open to possibilities, embracing everything we have contact with.