“Design has to work. Art does not.” – Donald Judd
Judd’s famous design quote was brought up in critique which made me feel all sorts of ways. Today’s critique and final presentations made me feel similarly exhausted. Seeing all the amazing work that was made is one thing, but questioning the boundary between art and design and if it needs to be defined. I don’t think Judd’s quote is all encompassing or always true. Obviously things like this are open for interpretation.
Today I presented the final collaborative installation and we had final critique in section. Our guest critic was Emily Rye from the Design Agency; my Type I teacher last fall and where I had interned over the summer last year. It was great to have her see my work now and, with her knowing my background before, she was able to give in-depth feedback. The installation was fun; or it seems like they had fun making it.
Critique was very constructive. The hard-work was recognized, the integration of Japanese and English in the zine was commended and pleasing, but there was a lot of criticism, confusion and contention over different elements of the project. I had too many concepts going on and the use of Japanese was confusing. I don’t think I did the best job explaining everything, I didn’t really know how to introduce this project to be honest. It has been a crazy ride with a ton of learning and iterative making; I definitely struggled pulling it all together into a final conclusive form or statement in the end.
Progress over the weekend. This weekend felt really relaxing and productive. I woke up Saturday morning, dawned with the idea for the final zine. I cranked it out and assembled 25 copies (10 full color and 15 bw), using up the remaining grey and pink I had left. Incredible I bought the pack of grey vellum from paperworks thinking 500 was way too much; glad I used it all (but also extremely depressing how I spent ~$50 on printing alone with that).
Wednesday I presented the completed in-side-out installation series I made in the graphic design studios and all my previous work to Paul in an individual critique and later received feedback from Micah (who teaches Bigger than Yourself).
Three installations were installed on the 6th, 7th, and 8th floors. Each installation was released with a typographic zine highlighting the perspectives of a sophomore, junior and senior (respectively) in graphic design on the RISD GD community. in side out or out side in.
Sunday 五月一日 Sophomores (6th Floor)Monday 五月二日 Juniors (7th Floor)Tuesday 五月三日 Seniors (8th Floor)
I did a series of quick installations on mannerisms–starting with hello on the 6th floor of DC, thank you on the 8th floor, and please in the typeshop. Going off of Sarah’s critique on Monday to integrate the system more concretely in the design of my deliverables, I started off with hello and thank you with the intention of including them in the survey I would hand out to people in the RISD community. I did please in the type shop just going off of loop making-reflecting-thinking-making process.
“This was you? I thought a sophomore did this..for I don’t know. A DS project.”
With my DSLR (rented) in hand, I managed to document the final phase of the string installation (which amazingly remained unharmed and tension in-tact) before taking it down this morning.
We did a reading discussion on relational design in section and then made a collaborative typeface. Which was fun. The discussion was interesting; it relates a lot to the work I am doing for this project right now, and is very pertinent because Luna Mauer (Studio Moniker, Conditional Design Workbook) is coming this Thursday to give a talk. I like the message behind the article we read, and I agree with some of the points it made. But I find it interesting and at times frustrating the jargon we use in design and academia. Relational design does it really need to be a term? Harking off of Olivia’s comment in class, and my own attempt at accessible language through my installations this week.