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let’s catch up on some readings


cliche’s can sometimes be the most powerful way to reach out to people because they are commonly known. dissent is what keeps society growing. sharing opinions make people more aware of different views and hopefully more open to those points of views.


I am leading the discussion on this reading so here are my notes for that:

“talking back and arguing (graphically) in the streets is evidently one of our longest traditions.”—Graphic propaganda styles started as satirical caricatures and have evolved to El Lissizky powering in the Constructivism with the New Typography. and then went to social realism/avant garde, cubist movement,

What ways/platforms today do we reinvent the traditions from when this form of street art/advertising began? Opposition of the Church and nobility were the main topics back then, what are the graphic topics today? Essentially these propaganda posters are the first techniques of commercial advertising, and now the majority of the art on the streets is commercial. posters were the main vehicle for wars throughout history.  They served as encouragement to war bonds, build moral, and production. posters were a substantial political outlet. Satirical caricatures i think are mainly still found in newspapers and political magazines, any specific examples that come to mind?


i love that new technologies have made the double duty of designer as producer. I think it’s essential in this day in age that all of us designers have a little entrepreneur growing inside of us, new technologies allow us to reach a wider range of people consumers and also allows for easy delivery of services.


If we really need to coin a phrase that describe an activity that encompasses imaging, edit-ing, narration, chronicling, performing, translating, organizing and directing, I’ll conclude with a suggestion: designer=designer.” the designer is malleable, we several hats at one time. but our motives are always the same to communicate a message. 


yes as new technologies are multiplying the need for designed interfaces is growing rapidly; suddenly design is not seen as insignificant but extremely necessary. the future of design is going to rely heavily on these technology advances.


a design which is made from a catalysing mentality needs to argue itscontents, not simply state it”—design’s main goal is to convince the viewer of the intended message wether it be just a feeling or prompting an action. 

design for good


we live in one city but live divided by hyper-segregation. we tend to live in a bubble of our own little world and not realize what’s happening just 3 streets over, we are superman was a wake up call to how bad the division of kc really is.


as much as we’d like to think us designers have magical powers like mr. harry potter, we are just like everyone else. mentioned in the article is the thought that we are just outsiders coming in with a different perspective. totally true. the reason we are able to see things differently is because this is what we crave, in my eyes doctors and lawyer types have the magic powers because blood and arguing is not my thing. we all have our thing. we all have the ability to bring in a new perspective with our own individual special knowledge.


“design is not a neutral, value-free process. a design has no more integrity than its purpose or its subject matter. garbage in, garbage out.” all about that content and context. oh and concept. the c’s to be a good citizen.


cheers to a positive future.


learning about ramzy masri’s experiences with his research and his breakthroughs is inspiring. the levels of interaction that he created to go along with his designed book, is what brought his idea to life. to have the reaction of the children sharing their own stories and communicating with other local students, i think, is a good tell that the kids had learned from ramzy’s lesson.

the key topic in this article for me is trying not to get overwhelmed with all of the organizations  needs and only promise what you can handle with the resources and time that you have. start with a narrowed in specific need so you can have a stronger grasp on the outcome of your involvement.

“in our age of social networks, many of us are in touch daily with people from around the world, but few of us actually know our next-door neighbors.” — i think we are all pretty guilty of this statement…

with morgan ashley allen’s project it shows us that to be abel to make an impact we need some sort of trust or linking bond to the communities we are reaching out to.

interests perhaps ///

kc pet project

happy bottoms

design curriculum reading

the statement that stood out to me in the design curriculum of the future article is that design solutions are being deemed “good enough for now.” it is interesting to hear this statement because when we are working on a projects we strive for that “almost perfect.” but simultaneously i suppose we also have in our minds the notion that something can never be fully finished or complete, there’s always something that could be altered or minorly adjusted. working with experiential/interactive designs that live on digital platforms fully take on this always unfinished persona. the technology evolution makes it more difficult to make a sustainable, long lasting design. we may think that it has the characteristic of being long lasting now, but really how are we to tell since we don’t know what advances are to come in a year or even just 3 months. the times are rapidly changing, as designers we have to stay resilient and steadily working on a fast pace to keep up with the advancements. we must not get indulged with a specific software or zoomed into one style of working because that software or aesthetic may not be prominent in the near future. keep an open mind and stay flexible, strive for that perfection, but don’t fret if it doesn’t make it there because it is only going to be good enough for now. even though we don’t like admitting that our work is only just good enough, sometimes that can be alright, and the only thing we can hope for.

the story of stuff project

the more to better  movement seems like a powerful idea that could really show the growth of humanity’s understanding of itself and what we can do to make sure we stay a community while preserving our planet. Switching up what goes into forming the end goal sounds easy enough in theory. We all need to refocus on the bigger picture and the affects that come along years from now, instead of being stuck in the now and wanting more, more, more. I think the idea of sharing could be a solution but that seems like it might be a slow process considering how society has gotten so used to having everything to his/herself. Every little step counts though and I think we can create a lot of positive change with this concept. In the video she mentioned that her library has started loaning out power tools and others objects. I think this is an idea that is right on track with moving into better, the word just needs to be spread more widely about these movements so people can take part in them.

reading response

2015 Trends

The first trend of being very well rounded and having meta-disciplinary study makes a lot of sense. At agencies the distinct lines between job descriptions and responsibilities tend to blur and morph. A designer definitely needs to stay up to date with current events and popular culture to ensure that the designer is capable of also supporting the social, media, and strategy teams with creative ways to push out a design. Knowledge is power. In 2015, and even now, the “attention economy” is going to be a challenge. With the information age we are constantly taking in design across a wide range of platforms, how are we going to make something that truly draws someone in? The distractions are just going to keep building around us, we are just going to have to focus on creating design that is interactive and personalized to capture attention for more than a split second.

2015 competencies

This list seems to be timeless, but I think the ability to understanding technology is going to move up higher in the next couple of years. We are going to need to meet the needs of the growing digital age. Having knowledge about how to design for a technological platform, as well as, how technology would be used to advertise the design is going to be key.