The idea of involving others that aren’t voluntarily subjecting themselves to be apart of community-based design is so intriguing to me. Partly because I like examining the product of the design that I have absolutely no control over. Whether this product is a conversation or various people all answering the same question, it is all just as interesting. Also designing something that isn’t just one sided and gives people the opportunity to interact. Bringing it back to the Fletcher reading, he said, “People can relate when given a chance.” Some people love being given that chance, and I love seeing what they come up with.
"Limitations are the playground of a creative mind."
Frank Chimero “Rules of Engagement”
I could not agree more. With an appropriate set of limitations I find almost endless motivation, where as a blank canvas with no directions can be extremely daunting. Half of my time is spent simply deciding on a certain direction to go before I can even think of what the content will consist of. Bringing up the various limitations artists have put on themselves (Picasso & Shakespear) versus the 140 characters given to you by Twitter I thought was pretty clever. Twitter is doing exactly what Frank talks about in the last paragraph, creating an environment instead of a destination. It is giving the audience just the right amount of tools create whatever they want, with the only limitation being the amount of characters used this remains to be pretty broad. So use the limitations to your advantage and go forth!
They are an guerilla art installation group in Spain that creates beautiful art pieces in public protest to various things such as light pollution, bottled water, no green spaces in the city. http://www.luzinterruptus.com/
2. Improv Everywhere
A carefully organized group of people who go into public places and perform choreographed movements or lack there of, less design more performance. Their mission is to get people out of their daily routines and make them pay attention to their surroundings. I’m drawn to this idea because it gets people involved with the piece without them meaning to.
3. We Feel Fine
Is a blog where people can go and share their feelings and what makes them feel this way. They are organized as a feeling, the persons gender, age, weather, or location. It’s a great resource for those who have no one to share these things with, or to simply see that you aren’t alone in any of your feelings.
Started by Swissmiss as an awesome interaction between illustration, design, and super fun times. They turn whatever you submit into temporary tattoos, and then everyone can browse to see if they want to purchase them too. So now all of your bad tattoos/bad decision into temporary ones.
5. The Girl Effect
This is an organization that gives millions girls in extreme povertythe tools to get themselves out of that situation. Getting her an education, free of HIV/AIDS, marries when she chooses, and raises a healthy family. They make it easy to understand how someone can have an effect on one girl who will be able to change the circumstances on the generations after her.
6. Your message here
Put on Something’s Hiding in Here, it is a colorful marquee placed in a store front that is filled with various sayings that people have sent them. I enjoy reading bits of information that are read when out of context, and what I may interpret from that message may be completely different than someone else.
7. The Bubble Project
Ji Lee prited out 50,00 blank word bubbles and placed them all over NYC for people to write in whatever they wanted. My favorite aspect is not only getting people to interact with their surroundings in a positive and possibly humerus way as well as there are no instructions that accompany the project. People see these stickers and automatically know what to do with it.
8. Before I Die
Was created by Candy Chang as a reminder for people not to get so caught up in the daily stresses that they forget the important things in life. It is an interactive public art project where she put line after line of “Before I die I want to ______.” It was put on a chalk board so that participants could write in their personal responses. Seeing what really matters to people, or seeing the simplest things that were never accomplished is such a vulnerable state that you don’t normally get to see.
9. Things People Have Said to Me
A project created by Breanne Trammell, taking things people have said to her, whether positive or negative, and creating them into pieces of art for everyone to experience. She placed these sayings on over sized bookmarks
10.Hand Written Letter Project
By Craig Oldham is a place for strangers to hand write him letters that wouldn’t normally have a reason to hand write anything at all. It brings back the personal level that hand written letters take you to versus the complete opposite of electronic communication.
"I believe that designing is something you have to do for love. If you are committed first and foremost to producing design then you’ll make money as a by-product…"
This portion of the quote that Sagmeister chose to put in this article really stood out to me, although it was not a main topic of the article. Thinking long term, I want to be able to sustain my passion for design and not lose it along the way after I am finished with school. If the drive that I have for design is sustained by love and not solely by the financial derivative I feel that might just be possible.
The other debate that I found relative to my experience was that of art versus design. I have always felt that they were closely related or at times one in the same. Although I do find myself looking at the “pretty fluff” more often than not, which I don’t necessarily view as being a bad thing. Without them, the pieces that do stand out to me wouldn’t have as much impact as they do and the meaning behind the piece wouldn’t continue to resonate within me afterward.