Reflections…

…on putting my design school stuff up on the internet, thus far.

I don’t like it. Being a beginner, I don’t like it.

  1. I don’t want to be judged
  2. I don’t want to be copied
  3. I don’t want my thought processes exposed as they are private

I think the last point is what most people don’t understand, especially academics. It seems most people love telling their story – how they got from A to B – but as a visual person, I find writing excruciating. (The current irony does not escape me.)

‘Reflecting’ on my creative process turns into a step-by-step instruction rather than a more meaningful examination of my internal workings, which I would not want to reveal either-way – I have no ego.

The design course so far does not allow for exploration. I feel I am first an artist, then a designer. As an artist, it is paramount to have space to create and evolve, which the course does not allow for. The Learning Activities given make me feel like a lab rat doing menial tasks just to get to the next stage.

However, there was one mandatory assignment that I enjoyed. It was a practical application, working with a real world design project. I found that fulfilling as I was able to collaborate with my client and produce something of use.

All the other learning activities I have read and taken note of the leaning, however, my personal style is to create functional and minimalist designs. Too many colours and typographies and complex layouts, I feel, lower the quality of a design.

Thus, I am caught between a rock and a hard place. Do I stay true to my developing style as a graphic artist, or do I throw everything into a design to prove that I have learnt the myriad of techniques and concepts within my course? Which is more valuable in the end?

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